CAIR sues college and a professor for teaching Islam is not a 'peaceful religion'

    17-Jul-2020
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has sued a local Arizona community college and a professor for teaching that Islam is not a "peaceful religion.
 
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Campus Reform reports that CAIR filed the lawsuit against Scottsdale Community College (SCC) in Scottsdale, AZ, along with Prof. Nicholas Damask after the professor communicated to his students a "disapproval of Islam as a legitimate and peaceful religion."
 
According to Campus Reform, Prof. Damask conducted a quiz in which a question was, "where is terrorism encouraged in Islamic doctrine and law?" The answer was "the Medina verses."
 
The Muslim student Mohamed Sabra had to make a choice to either contradict his religion or be penalized by answering the questions incorrectly. Sabra said this question showed the professor's "clear hostility and disapproval of Islam."
 
According to the report, Prof. Damask, the Chair of the Department of Political Science at SCC, stated he would "never apologize for teaching the content" on the quiz. However, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, the Interim Chancellor of the school, released an apology statement. He said that the college would remove such questions in the future and Sabra would receive credit for the points he lost on those questions.
 
Meanwhile, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent a letter to Gonzales defending the professor's rights.
 
"Colleges can't take away a professor's academic freedom rights because they want to stem criticism on social media," said Katlyn Patton, author of FIRE's letter.
 
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