By Eric Owens
Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana will offer a course which gives actual academic credit to students for meeting Muslims, hanging out at a Muncie mosque, and making a documentary film about Muslims who reside in the local area.
The taxpayer-funded course at Ball State is a seminar titled “Muslims In Muncie,” according to an informational email obtained by The Daily Caller.
The course is scheduled for the spring semester.
A flyer promoting the “Muslims In Muncie” course explains that enrolled students will “learn about the history and diversity of Muslims in America” by participating “in the social and ritual life of the Muncie Islamic Center.” Students will also meet Muslim leaders and collect oral histories from Muslims for a documentary film.
At the end of the course, students will “host a public showcase in May 2018” — presumably in relation to the film.
The for-credit seminar will help students become “empowered as critically engaged, globally aware citizens.”
Students who sign up for Ball State’s for-credit Muslim meet-and-greet course will receive credit through the honors college or for graduation requirements related to humanities, social science, fine arts or religious studies.
The course is billed as “a spring 2018 Virginia Ball seminar.”
Ball State’s Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry “provides distinctive, rigorous, and transformative immersive learning experiences,” according to the Ball State website.
Ball State philosophy and religious studies professor Elizabeth Agnew is organizing the course.
Agnew’s faculty webpage shows that her teaching and research focuses on “topics related to religious diversity in American culture, religion and social ethics, and gender and religion.”
“From 2012-2015, Professor Agnew participated with a team of Ball State faculty in a U.S. State Department-funded partnership with Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan to advance the American Studies graduate program at QAU’s Area Study Center.”
As Creeping Sharia noted here and here, Ball State students won’t have a chance to meet Khalid Sulaiman Bilal. He’s the Saudi Muslim who was “forcibly” trying to convert shoppers to Islam inside a Muncie Goodwill store .
Bilal was charged with 15 crimes after he threatened shoppers, resisted arrest, attacked police, and choked a store clerk.
He struck and strangled an employee and told her he would kill her if she didn’t convert to Islam. He attacked responding officers, breaking one of the officer’s hands and repeatedly kicking the other. During the scuffle, Bilal yelled “Allahu Akbar,” a phrase meaning “God is greater” and commonly used by Islamic radicals before a violent attack, according to an affidavit filed by Homeland Security.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security quickly deported Bilal back to his native country of Saudi Arabia.
How many more Bilal’s are in Muncie?