Ohio State Lectures Students On ‘Islamophobia’ Just Three Months After Islamic Terrorist Attack
Ohio State Lectures Students on Islamophobia After Islamic Terrorist Attack
Only three months after a Somali refugee attacked its campus in a terrorist attack, Ohio State is lecturing students on Islamophobia according to an article in the College Fix.
From The College Fix:
The event, slated for Monday, comes roughly three months after a Somali refugee student plowed a car into a crowd of Ohio State students before stabbing several of them with a butcher knife. In the past, that student had praised an al-Qaeda leader as a “hero” and criticized America for interfering in the Middle East.
Lean, author of “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims,” is a researcher focused on Islam, Islamophobia, the Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations, and other issues, his website states.
“The fear that the Islamophobia Industry has manufactured is so fierce in its grip on some populations that it drives them to do the unthinkable,” states Lean’s book summary on Amazon.
Ohio State’s website outlines the event by saying:
In recent years, prejudice towards and discrimination of Muslims has reached a fevered pitch. Beyond blatant physical attacks or acts of vandalism, polls show that negative sentiment towards the followers of Islam runs deep, and has manifested itself in a range of ways. In an evening discussion that addresses this pernicious phenomenon, author Nathan Lean discusses its causes, its consequences, and highlights some of the underlying dynamics that have animated it in recent history. Looking ahead, he also offers key insights on how students, scholars, and members of community at large can counter instances of prejudice and help realize a world that values pluralism and diversity.
The Daily Caller reports that the fear on campus is actually in regards to talking about Islamophobia.
From The Daily Caller:
There would seem to be considerable fear at OSU — but not of Muslims. The College Fix found one student willing to talk about alleged “Islamophobia” at the university but only on the condition of anonymity because he said he feared being punished by the OSU administration for his frankness.
“I will spout off about any other topic, but OSU has made it clear that this topic is untouchable,” he told the student news service. “I feel as a student at a public institution that I am being silenced. If I am a free thinker I should be allowed to question Islam, its writings, its prophet, and teachings just like fundamentalist Christian values are questioned everyday here at OSU. This does not promote dialogue but rather writes everyone right of the aisle off as the potential perpetrators of hate crimes.”
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