The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has launched an attack (no pun intended) on University of Central Florida (UCF) associate professor Jonathan Matusitz for stating his view that these is a connection between Islamism and terrorism.
The 36 year old professor, according to his bio on the UCF website, came to the U.S. from Belgium in 2000. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. He has 95 academic publications and more than 100 conference presentations to his credit and taught at a NATO-affiliated military base in Belgium. He also won an award for outstanding performance form the university, teaches several communication classes. One of those classes is Terrorism and Communication while another is on intercultural communication. He also wrote a book titled Terrorism & Communication: A Critical Introduction that was published last year.
CAIR points to a YouTube video of Professor Matusitz, who was speaking off campus, claiming that he has an anti-Muslim viewpoint. Now, this should be enough for people to recognize that there are many of us out here who have an anti-Muslim viewpoint. It’s called freedom of speech. What CAIR doesn’t point out is their anti-Christian stance.
Matusitz actually presents reasoning for why countries should resist the global spread of Islam as he stresses the link between Islamic culture and terrorism.
“Why do so many Muslims, relative to other religions, want to kill us?” he asks in the video. “The answer is easy, very easy. It is seven letters –culture.”
“How can you change a movement in which you have 1.5 billion members? It’s impossible,” he says. “We just have to resist it and just elect people who are willing just to resist it and just be true American. That’s the only answer. We’re not going to change Islam.”
CAIR, touts itself as a Muslim civil rights group, but found themselves named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to fund the terrorist group Hamas more than a dozen CAIR leaders have been charged or convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
Art Moore, points out CAIR’s response:
CAIR’s chief national spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, told the Orlando paper he does not understand how a publicly funded university could allow a professor to promote hatred toward Muslims.
“What he is teaching his students at UCF is just raw, anti-Muslim hate,” Hooper said. “If somebody suddenly decided they were very fond of the KKK and they were tenured and decided they were going to teach KKK ideologies to the students, I don’t think that would be permitted.”
However, UCF spokesman Grant Heston appears to basically tell CAIR to go where Islamists will find themselves in eternity. Since he was not speaking on behalf of UCF when he made his remarks, Heston said “Dr. Matusitz expressed his opinion, which is his right.”
Perhaps Islamists should learn this lesson or move to a country that wants to be oppressed in what they think and say and just leave us alone.
For Matusitz’s part, he refuses to be “politically correct just to please everybody.”
I like that; a man with some backbone! Perhaps he should consider elected office.
The Clarion Project also adds:
“I think that in academia, I’m sure a lot of people don’t share my views,” he said. “But I also think that a lot of people share my views, but they’re not as open as I am.”
In another YouTube video, Matusitz cites a statistic that indicates the vast majority of victims of terrorism were victims of Islamic terrorism.
“So when my colleagues tell me that Islam is a religion of peace, I tell them that Islam is a religion of pieces: Piece of body here, piece of body there,” he says in the video.
CAIR is merely demonstrating the kind of bullying tactics Islamists use to try and get their way. I’m glad Matusitz isn’t claiming Islam has been hijacked or that it is some “radical Muslims” engaged in these things, but is part of Islamic culture. I’m also encouraged that the university is standing behind right to free speech. Good for them! I hope Professor Matusitz continues helping people understand the truth about Islam in the face of those who want to silence freedom of speech.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.