UNC’s ‘Literature of 9/11’ course sympathizes with Muslim terrorists

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Neel Ahuja

Source: UNC’s ‘Literature of 9/11’ course sympathizes with terrorists, paints U.S. as imperialistic – The College Fix

An English class offered at UNC Chapel Hill this fall called “Literature of 9/11” explores the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of radical Islamists and those who view America as an imperialist nation.

The reading assignments for the class, which includes poems, memoirs and graphic novels, present terrorists in a sympathetic light and American political leaders as greedy, war hungry and corrupt, according to a review by The College Fix.

The readings mostly focus on justifying the actions of terrorists – painting them as fighting against an American regime, or mistaken idealists, or good people just trying to do what they deem right. None of the readings assigned in the freshman seminar present the Sept. 11 attacks from the perspective of those who died or from American families who lost loved ones.

“ENGL 72: Literature of 9/11” is taught by Neel Ahuja, an associate professor of English, comparative literature, and geography at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“Neel grew up in Topeka, Kansas. He studied transnational cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego and gender studies at Northwestern University, where he was a student organizer and labor solidarity activist,” according to his online faculty bio.

Ahuja did not respond to several emails from The College Fix seeking comment. Jim Gregory, UNC’s director of media relations, said in a telephone interview that the university does not have an official stance on the class.

First-year seminars are often esoteric in nature, and typically hone in on narrow and unique topics. They are meant to introduce new students to college-level courses, and “offer an introduction to the intellectual life of the university and focus on how scholars pose problems, discover truths, resolve controversies, and evaluate knowledge,” UNC’s website states.

Other seminars this fall at UNC include designing robots with Legos, the relationship between humans and animals, race and ethnic relations in the U.S., and even animals in Japanese folklore.

As for “Literature of 9/11,” its online description states it aims to “explore representations of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath in literature and popular culture.”

To that end, the class covers a wide variety of readings, according to a list detailed by the campus bookstore’s website.

In the Shadow of No Towers is a collection of 9/11 comics by celebrated graphic artist Art Speigelman, who witnessed the attacks from his home in lower Manhattan. None of his family died in the attack, but Speigelman told Democracy Now he felt anger at how the incident was turned into a patriotic rallying cry, and his Towers work is an extension of those emotions.

The horrors his family survived that morning “were only the beginning for Spiegelman, as his anguish was quickly displaced by fury at the U.S. government, which shamelessly co-opted the events for its own preconceived agenda,” according to the book’s Amazon description.

An online database of professor salaries maintained by the News & Observer states Ahuja’s annual salary is $72,100.

Oklahoma Univ’s arch dean apologizes for wearing Muslim garb after a couple of Muslims complain

It’s not like he equated Muslim terrorists to Nazi’s, he just put on Wahhabi jihadist clothing. via OU Architecture dean apologizes for offense caused by attire – OUDaily.com: News. h/t BNI

The dean of OU’s College of Architecture issued an apology Monday for wearing clothing associated with Islam at a back-to-school meeting.

A photo on the College of Architecture’s Facebook page that has since been deleted showed Dean Charles Graham wearing a white thawb and a red keffiyeh on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20.

In his apology, he said he purchased the garments when he went to Dubai. According to the apology, he asked “a number of [his] Muslim friends around campus and in Norman to see if [his] wearing the attire would be offensive in any religious way,” to which the answers were “all resoundingly ‘no.'”

OU press secretary Corbin Wallace told The Daily in an email that three or four people anonymously contacted the president’s office regarding Graham’s attire. He said Graham took an appropriate step in emailing the apology to faculty and staff.

Graham described himself as “always striving to be inclusive and considerate of others in every context” in his apology, and said his Muslim friends thought wearing the attire would be “a nice gesture of diversity and acceptance of other cultures.”

The College of Architecture has a study abroad program in Dubai which explores building design and construction within the city. The program has sent more than 30 students there in the past couple of years, Graham said in his apology.

Graham welcomes anyone who wants to discuss the matter with him, according to his apology, but declined to comment to The Daily when staff attempted both to call him and to speak with him in person.


Groveling dhimmitude. Apology letter at the link above.

churchill-appeaserUpdate: The groveling continues as OU tries to spin it with, No ‘religious battle’ over Middle Eastern attire, OU dean says

“It’s not a religious issue by any stretch as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

However, a leader with the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma (CAIR-OK) chapter, thinks otherwise.

He may not think or want it to be a battle about religion, but Muslims think quite differently. Muslims battle for every inch. They take advantage of every weakness. They are relentless. To them this is a religious battle – and they won. A few anonymous emails or calls and they forced an apology. It won’t stop there.

Even the terrorist-named and HAMAS-linked, sharia-supporting CAIR says it’s about religion. And they want this dhimmi to keep proselytizing. Look for the dean to partner with the known terror-linked group in the future to spread awareness about Islam in the near future.

Penn: Senator calls on Lincoln Univ. to discipline ISIS-defending Muslim professor

via Senator calls on university to discipline ‘rogue’ professor.

State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams on Monday called on the administration of Lincoln University to discipline a rogue professor whose anti-gay, victim-shaming, and terrorist-defending social media posts have drawn international scorn to the university.

Sen. Williams

In a letter to Lincoln Interim President Dr. Richard Green, Williams said Professor Kaukab Siddique “continues to cross the boundaries, adding no value to the popular conversation on race, rape culture or LGBT rights” and, most shockingly, for defending ISIS against charges of terrorism by dismissing reports of rape and ethnic cleansing as “propaganda.” Siddique‘s 2010 statements denying the holocaust led to similar protest but were deemed protected by academic freedom.

Kaukab Siddique

Williams urged the university to conduct an inquiry to determine whether Siddique has violated the university’s professional conduct code. He pointed to Siddique’s repeated denial of historical facts as evidence of his professional incompetence, which could be grounds for his removal.

“Is it not professionally incompetent to deny historical fact, or to voice support for wholesale discrimination against large swaths of people? His words, broadcast widely, have created a hostile environment for all Lincoln University students, particularly during a time in which an increase in sexual assault cases coupled with recent media reports exhibiting persistent racial harassment on college campuses have led to a national demand for universities to address student safety and intolerance,” he wrote.

“It is my firm belief that Dr. Siddique has failed to maintain these standards, in that the publicity generated from his online discourse may cause a negative financial impact on Lincoln due to decreased enrollment and that students under his supervision may be discriminated against, or perceive they have been discriminated against, due to their gender, religion or sexual identity,” Williams wrote.

Lincoln University officials on Tuesday declined to comment on the Williams statement.

Lincoln University is the first degree-granting historically black university in the United States and boasts former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall among its graduates.

“This historic distinction of defending the rights of society’s most vulnerable and unfairly maligned groups is at the core of Lincoln’s mission, making Siddique’s comments all the more harmful,” said Williams in a separate statement. “Do we really want someone who rushes to the defense of terrorists or refers to rape victims and LGBT individuals in a derogatory manner shaping the minds of our best and brightest students?”

“Academic freedom is certainly important, but so is academic integrity,” Williams’ letter concluded. “Allowing a member of your faculty to continue spreading hateful, vile lies in the public arena is irresponsible; to protect him from any form of discipline for such actions is unconscionable.”

 

Alabama: U.S. Embassy Brings Muslim Students from Morocco to Space Camp

Your tax dollars are funding trips for Muslim students from foreign countries to the U.S.  via Video: Moroccan Students at Space Camp Exploring Huntsville, U.S.AMorocco World News.

Five Moroccan high school students won a contest to travel to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama! See them fly on a plane for the first time, check in to Space Camp, and explore Huntsville in the summertime. Stay tuned for more video this week!

 Apparently there weren’t five students in Alabama or elsewhere in the U.S. who would have benefited from the experience. Or because, like NASA, the goal is now outreach to Muslim countries.

UC Berkeley students: Chattanooga jihad justified, nothing to do with Islam

Muslim: “There are legitimate targets everywhere.” (that means all Americans)

With people like those in the video becoming a majority in the coming decades, along with unfettered mass immigration, the future for America is very dim.via Berkeley students: Chattanooga shooting justified, racist to call shooter Muslim – Examiner.com. h/t TROP

In a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, students at the University of California in Berkeley told filmmaker Ami Horowitz that the shooting at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, recruiting station was “legitimate.” Moreover, students said that referring to the shooter as a Muslim is racist.

“The attack in Chattanooga, was that a little more legitimate because they were soldiers?” Horowitz asked. Students he asked said yes and explained why.

“Some people would say that a military installation or institution, even including recruiting centers, that is a legitimate military target,” one student said. The man went on to say that “some people” would consider the 9/11 terror attacks to also be legitimate. Some 3,000 people died in the attacks that took down the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

“If you get caught with your pants down it’s unfortunate,” another student said. His female companion agreed, adding, “Yep – I feel like they put themselves in that situation – they know what they’re getting themselves into.”

“If a man is in a U.S. military army uniform….police officer, if they can drone me that’s a legitimate target, he’s asking for it,” said a third student. “There are legitimate targets everywhere,” a Muslim student remarked.

The students interviewed expressed absolutely no remorse for the five service members killed in the attack. Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson said they were “quick” to defend against allegations that Islam played a role. The shooter, identified as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, was texting Islamic verses to friends hours before the shooting, Watson added. One message read: “This life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you by.”

But students dismissed any notion that Islam played a role. “You cannot blame the religion for that,” one person said. Another said Christians commit just as many attacks. When pressed, both were unable to cite a single attack by a Christian. One student mentioned the Crusades, conflicts that were over long before the United States came into existence.

“When a newscaster says a terrorist attack happened, and the guy was Muslim, is that racist?” Horowitz asked. All of the students in the video said yes, despite the fact that “Islam” is not a race.

“I have to admit, this is one of the first times that I thought the students would never go this far,” Horowitz said. “I guess I was wrong. There is truly no limit to their anti-American sentiments.”

 

Minnesota: Charter school’s opening delayed after links to Muslim Brotherhood group arise

via Summit Charter school’s shaky start continues – TwinCities.com. h/t Atlas Shrugs

The opening of a Dakota County charter school has been derailed after questions were raised about possible ties to a Muslim organization and a now-defunct charter investigated for teaching Islam.

Summit Charter School was scheduled to open in Inver Grove Heights next month, but Innovative Quality Schools, or IQS, the authorizer charged with overseeing the school, announced Wednesday that it would delay the opening by one year.

Tom Tapper, IQS managing director, said his organization’s board voted to delay Summit’s opening not because of suspected religious ties, but over concerns about its planned home. The building is already occupied by STEP Academy charter school and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

“Quite frankly, it related to the size; there is already a school there, and it is growing,” he said.

But concerns about Summit go deeper than real estate.

The decision not to allow Summit to open comes after a June complaint to the Minnesota Department of Education that claims the new school has close ties to the leaders of the former Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, or TiZA, and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

TiZA went bankrupt and then closed in 2011 after a flurry of lawsuits that centered on allegations that the school taught Islam and funneled state money meant to educate students to religious organizations. A lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union was settled in 2012 and included a “stipulation of facts” that essentially acknowledged that the school promoted Islam and funneled some money to faith-based groups.

Federal and state laws prohibit public schools from advancing religious beliefs or financially supporting religious institutions. Minnesota schools are allowed to share or rent space from religious groups as long as there is clear separation between the public school and religious institution.

Magdy Rabeaa, a former TiZA administrator tapped to lead the new Summit school, declined a phone interview but said in an email that no other staff members from TiZA or religious groups are part of the new charter. As of Thursday, Rabeaa wrote that he was Summit’s only employee and the school had renewed its search for a school building.

In a letter to the State Department of Education, Tapper reiterated Rabeaa’s responses in detail. He said IQS investigated the complaint filed with the state and found no credible links between the new Summit Charter School and TiZA or any religious organizations.

Asad Zaman, the former TiZA executive director who now leads the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, said there is no connection between his organization and Summit or any other charter school. He added that academic and religious spaces at the Inver Grove Heights facility are separated.

On July 13, state education leaders decided to delay the new school’s first state aid payment until IQS officials assured state leaders that Summit was ready to open.

Summit’s founders applied July 2 for state aid to make $300,000 in annual lease payments to rent about 23,000 square feet of space from building owner Minnesota Education Trust. TiZA rented the same space from the Muslim American Society of Minnesota for a similar fee, but that rent grew significantly as the school enrolled more students, court records show.

In the same building as Summit would be the Muslim American Society of Minnesota and STEP Academy, a charter school also authorized by IQS.

Asif Rahman is listed as the principal officer of the Minnesota Education Trust. The ACLU lawsuit detailed Rahman’s ties to TiZA and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota.

Rahman did not respond to a request for comment.


Same building, same admin, and same Muslim Brotherhood slum lord. Only the names have changed. Much more on TIZA here.

 

UK: Muslim schools accused of anti-Christian chanting in assemblies

The same Muslim schools Michelle Obama visited and John Kerry sent his Muslim rep? via Muslim schools accused of anti-Christian chanting in assemblies. h/t TROP

Some Muslim schools “include anti-Christian chanting in assemblies” which is being ignored by the schools watchdog, it has been claimed.

The Christian Institute has said Ofsted and the Department for Education are not taking proper action to deal with some Islamic schools accused of bullying Christian pupils.

In a letter to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary and a Christian, the Institute’s director Colin Hart said “inadequate attention” had been given to the way Christian pupils were being taught.

He said it was “striking” that several official reports outlining examples of Muslim “intolerance” to Christians had gone ignored by Ofsted.

“You will see they include anti-Christian chanting in assemblies, GCSE pupils who opted to learn Christianity being left to teach themselves, and Christians being called ‘ignorant’ or ‘liars’ by teachers,” he wrote.

It was “disturbing” that there had been a “complete lack of any specific plans of action to tackle anti-Christian intolerance”, he added.

Mr Hart also accused the school’s inspector of being part of the problem and said its methods for detecting bullying against Christians were “clearly inadequate”.

“Ofsted may be part of the problem”, he said.


The UK is done:

Those are but a few examples.

 

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