Middle East studies in the News
Christian Student Suspended After Challenging Muslim Professor's Views on Jesus' Crucifixion [on Areej Zufari]
by Lorraine Caballero
A Christian student was reportedly suspended after he challenged his Muslim professor's views about Christianity and her belief that Jesus was never crucified.
Marshall Polston, a 20-year-old sophomore at Rollins College in Florida, said he was suspended by the professor of his Middle Eastern Humanities class after challenging her statement that Jesus' disciples did not believe he was a divine being. He also told The College Fix that he has sought the services of an attorney after the Muslim professor suspended him.
After his exchange with the professor, Prof. Areej Zufari complained to the campus dean that she felt "unsafe" because of Polston. The incident was followed by a 52 percent mark on a major essay, which upset the Christian student, who told the Central Florida Post that he usually got straight A's.
The Post reportedly tried to reach the professor several times but got no response. Polston told the publication that he believes even the people who know little about Christianity agree that Jesus' crucifixion happened and that his followers believed he was God.
In a post on the ACLU of Florida's Facebook page, Zufari had asked for ideas on dealing with a student who is making her life "hell" and "spewing hatred." Subsequently, a document was released on March 24 and it stated Polston is not allowed to make any contact with Zufari or enter the campus.
"Our university should be a place where free-speech flashes and ideas can be spoken of without punishment or fear of retribution," Polston told The Fix. "In my case it was the total opposite ... I came forward with the story because I know so many other students like me suffer under today's liberal academic elite."
Meanwhile, in France, something opposite to Polston's experience happened. A primary school teacher, whose name has been withheld, was temporarily suspended earlier this year after reading Bible verses to his students, RT reports.
According to French La Croix newspaper, a group of parents sent an anonymous letter to Indre academic director Pierre-Francois Gachet denouncing the primary school teacher's "proselytism." The complaint led to the teacher's suspension and an investigation into his teaching methods, moves that were described as "oppressive" by the secretary general of the Teachers Union Se-UNSA.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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