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Florida professor’s terrorism class: Muslims taught to hate ‘from the cradle’


The University of Central Florida is doing its students a disservice by allowing anti-Muslim professor Jonathan Matusitz to spew bigoted and hateful Islamophobic propaganda in the classroom.

He has a right to his racist and hateful views but he doesn’t have a right to foist those views on his students.

Florida professor’s terrorism class: Muslims taught to hate ‘from the cradle’

By David Edwards (The Raw Story)

A Florida professor who teaches a class on terrorism is facing a formal complaint after he claimed that Muslims are taught to hate “from the cradle.”

In a letter to the University of Central Florida, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) calls for the school to review terrorism courses taught by Professor Jonathan Matusitz, which the group says “includes inaccurate information, anti-Muslim bigotry and hostility in the form of hate speech toward Islam and Muslims.”

CAIR cites a January seminar titled “How Culture Shapes Terrorism” in charging that Matusitz has a “blatant disregard for distinguishing between terrorists and the Muslim population as a whole.”

According to excerpts from the professor’s seminar, he claimed that England welcomed Muslims and had to “say yes to polygamy and honor killings.”

“Imagine that symbolic interaction that from the cradle until you are an adult you are taught to hate,” he said. “I would rather take a chance and resist what is our enemy that just give up and embrace these foreign cultures.”

In an interview with WFTV on Wednesday, Matusitz shrugged off the complaint.

“They’ve never been in my classes,” he said. “They don’t know the context of my classes.”

“I think they’re wrong,” Matusitz added. “I think they’re afraid of truth-tellers and they want to stifle free speech.”

For its part, the university said that Matusitz had a right to his opinion.

“He was not speaking on behalf of the university and we do not endorse his views,” a UCF spokesperson told WFTV.

Watch this video from WFTV, broadcast June 20, 2013.

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  • Reynardine

    I live in Volusia County. It has actually been my intent to leave my mortal coil, starched and waxed, to their medical school, so that they could see what a natural, organic, old dead American is like, but maybe not with some bigoted corpse-desecrator lurking about.

  • I’d like to know what “expertise” this person has…has he cycled in and out of government? Don’t trust “terrorism experts” who cycle in and out of governments, either.

    We should all know just how much Pim Fortuyn’s crackpot ideas about “Islamic culture” have infected Western society, including the government counter-terrorism expert class…

    …and of course this is “free speech” to promote these hateful crackpot ideas and protect them with force of law – but “radicalization” for Islamic scholars to get together to discuss Islamic theology to warrant ideological exclusion from the US, UK, France, the Netherlands…

  • I almost went to this school.

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  • Tarig Musa

    if this was said about Jews, do you think the school would just say they don’t endorse his views?

  • mindy1

    Does he even have proof???

  • Reynardine

    The University of Central Florida is a taxpayer supported school and I don’t want my taxes used to support the propagation of bigotry.

  • Yausari

    I don’t remember being taught to hate. And I was in tahfiz for five years. This “professor” is an idiot.

  • Sam Seed

    Anti-Muslim Professor = I profess, I am anti-Muslim.

  • CriticalDragon1177


    This guy should be kicked out of the school. Glad they don’t endorse what he says in his class room through.

  • 1DrM

    Only in a state like Florida would this Vlaams Belang reject find work as a professor.

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