In a blatant violation of the free speech clause of the First Amendment, an American institution of higher education fired one of its professors.
He dared to show his class a historical depiction of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, which arguably hurt the feelings of a Muslim student.
Muslim Feelings Come First
Medieval-minded Islamist and Muslim propaganda have been trying to terrorize western societies for some two decades now, carrying out various acts of hostility over freedom and free speech actions in the West – such as making caricatures of Prophet Mohammad.
A case in hand has now occurred at Hamline University, a private liberal arts university based in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has kicked out a professor for doing his job by simply showing his “Islamic art” class a picture of Prophet Mohammad, Reason reported.
Even though the axing of the poor professor sparked public criticism, Hamline University did not immediately suffer legal consequences, thanks to the fact it is a private college.
The name of the axed professor was not revealed. However, as per the doctrines of today’s liberal Marxist-Communist education on college campuses, he duly prepared students for what he was about to show them because Heaven forbid they face some kind of a “trigger.”
According to the report, the professor meticulously explained Islam totally forbids any depictions of “holy persons.” He noted, however, that there wasn’t a single “monothetic Islamic culture.”
After the case blew wide open, the professor told The Oracle, Hamlin University’s newspaper, he made sure not to “surprise” his students “with this image.”
This is, frankly, an incredible thing for a university president to say. No religious group's sensitivities should "supersede academic freedom." In fact, a purpose of academic freedom is to ensure that a belief system *doesn't* overrule basic rights. https://t.co/YU01dGxqDZ pic.twitter.com/jZIFIs7Hbt
— Sarah McLaughlin (@sarahemclaugh) January 3, 2023
One could imagine that 14th century Muslim painter being fired if he worked at Hamline today because oddly a Minnesota university has embraced a more fundamentalist stance than the Persian Mongols. https://t.co/R1ESYDGfBX#Hamlineuniversity pic.twitter.com/TrAQr2KFG4
— Elyse Semerdjian (@ElyseSemerdjian) January 6, 2023
Hamline University president says respect for students must supersede academic freedom. So, at Hamline, students never have to worry about being exposed to anything that makes them uncomfortable. The university as a nursery. https://t.co/0X47QkgDzB
— Ronald A. Lindsay (@RALindsay) January 4, 2023
FIRE Found Way to Hold Hamline Accountable
Despite the poor teacher’s best efforts, however, Islamist propaganda didn’t miss yet another chance to take advantage of woke absurdity destroying the former gist of America’s colleges and universities.
Of course, a Muslim student in the class immediately complained to Hamlin University’s administration that a professor did his job and showed his students a historical painting.
On November 11, Hamline’s Assoc. VP of “inclusive excellence, David Everett, told the school’s newspaper that the professor had been kicked out.
The teacher was an adjunct professor, which allowed the university to ax him by not renewing his contract.
The university’s administration insisted “respect” for Muslim students in the class had to “supersede academic freedom,” an utterly idiotic statement, considering the First Amendment of the American Constitution.
History professor Amna Khalid at another Minnesota school, Carleton College, said sticking to such a principle would mean a biology professor should be banned from teaching evolution for fear of offending Evangelical Protestant students.
Luckily, the case of the fired professor has been taken up by FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression). This pro-academic freedom group insists private colleges must also defend free speech.
Last week, FIRE said it had taken the case to the Higher Learning Commission, which provides higher education accreditation to Hamline University.
FIRE executive Alex Morey, the group’s campus rights director, said in a release that Hamline hadn’t listened to free speech advocates, but now it will “have to listen” to its “accreditor.”
So Hamline University fired – oh, I'm sorry, 'dismissed' – an instructor for showing (with warning!) a historical painting depicting the prophet Muhammad: https://t.co/jEkNQEpl6J
The worst part is this quote, reminding everyone that academic freedom is only for the tenured/TT: pic.twitter.com/AsGzLAYK1W
— Bret Devereaux (@BretDevereaux) January 5, 2023
A Hamline University professor was fired for showing a piece of Muslim devotional art deemed, by a non-Muslim, to be "Islamophobic."
There are two distinct issues here — Religious literacy (or lack thereof) and academic freedom.https://t.co/2xgKmK37VW #AcademicFreedom
— Dr. Audrey Truschke (@AudreyTruschke) December 30, 2022
This article appeared in Mainstpress and has been published here with permission.