Middle East studies in the News
Muslim Professor Said Crucifixion of Jesus a Hoax, Christian Student Suspended for Disagreeing [on Areej Zufari]
by Trey Sanchez
At Rollins College near Orlando, Florida, a Christian sophomore was suspended from the private school for challenging his Muslim professor's assertions that the crucifixion of Jesus never happened and that his disciples didn't believe in his divinity.
Central Florida Post reported on the ordeal:
Shortly thereafter, Zufari canceled class and filed a complaint against Polston with the campus dean, saying he made her feel "unsafe."
When the class resumed, Zufari began a lesson on applying Sharia Law. That's when another Muslim student chimed in with some shocking beliefs but received no punishment from the school:
The Post goes on to say that Polston was then called to the dean's office where he was informed of his impending suspension.
"They made it clear that they had not gotten a report about what the student said, and were more concerned about the danger I was causing to the campus," Polston said. "What danger? A difference of opinion in a college classroom is nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not dangerous. It was surreal and degrading. The bad grade was upsetting, but they were literally refusing to acknowledge the dangers posed by someone who advocated chopping off body parts on campus."
As of March 24, Polston can't appear on campus or be any where near Zufari until the end of the academic year, as his "actions have constituted a threat of disruption within the operations of the College and jeopardize the safety and well-being of members of the College community and yourself," the suspension letter states.
It is noted that the professor also filed a police report stating Polston has already showed up to class despite his suspension to harass her. However, he has presented video surveillance evidence that he was at a restaurant thirty minutes from campus during that class time.
"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 College 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."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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