ACTION ALERT: Calif. Prof. suggests genocide against Muslims
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In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
(ANAHEIM, CA, 10/21/2004) - The Southern California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today called the results of an investigation into anti-Muslim remarks by a college professor who suggested genocide against Muslims a "whitewash."
Imperial Valley College (IVC) in Imperial, Calif., failed to reprimand a business management professor who suggested that "the only way to end Islamic terrorism is to eliminate the Islamic religion."
Despite the offensive nature of the remarks, the college's report recommends little more than the professor "take more care in the future in linking current events to course material."
Earlier this month, a student in the professor's class initially reported to CAIR-LA that the professor said, "The only way to end the war on terrorism is to kill all Muslims." When confronted by the student in class, the professor allegedly disagreed with the student's statement that most Muslims are good people and instead said the majority of Muslims are terrorists.
The student, an attorney of the Hindu faith, says that after he challenged the professor's bigoted statements, he was told to leave the class for being "disrespectful."
CAIR requested in an October 8 letter to the college's president that an investigation of the incident be launched and that appropriate actions be taken.
Though IVC promised to organize sensitivity training, reinstated the student in the class and the professor apologized for his "out of context" remarks, CAIR-LA says the college did not adequately address the seriousness of the incident. IVC's report even seemed to equate the student's challenge to the offensive remarks with the comments themselves.
"We thank this courageous student for standing up for Islam and Muslims," said CAIR-LA Communications Director Sabiha Khan. "Unfortunately, Imperial Valley College's decision to whitewash this incident sends the message that suggesting genocide is acceptable on an American college campus."
Khan called on the college to publicly repudiate the professor's remarks and, at a minimum, issue a formal reprimand.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices nationwide and in Canada. CONTACT: CAIR-LA: Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
Contact Imperial Valley College and ask that they publicly repudiate the professor's remark and issue a formal reprimand to the professor.
Dr. Paul Pai, Ed.D.
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