Oregon College Cancels Class with Anti-Islam Instructor
(WASHINGTON, DC, 12/6/10)—CAIR today applauded the decision by an Oregon college to cancel a course on Islam that would have been taught by an individual who has a history of making biased, false and misleading statements about Islam and is associated with a national anti-Muslim hate group.
Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., canceled the course, called “What is Islam,” after CAIR outlined the biased views and associations of its instructor, Barry Sommer, and called for his replacement. Sommer is president of an Oregon chapter of the hate group ACT! for America.
“There should be no room for hate or fear-mongering in our society, particularly in an institution of higher learning,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad noted that Sommer recently praised a proposed constitutional amendment that would “ban Islam in the US.” In the post, Sommer thanked the author of the proposed amendment, which would “outlaw the practice of Islam in the United States of America,” for his “defense of liberty and freedom.”
The preface to Sommer’s online book, “From the Mouths of Our Enemies,” states: “Our enemies want us destroyed not because of our riches, or our liberties, although they say that is so. No, they want us gone because Allah told them so. Foundational Islam demands that ALL citizens of planet earth convert to Islam, pay a tax (jizya) or die. It is now demanded of us that we make a stand, draw the line and decide who wins this clash once and for all. If it means war, so be it.”
In a July 16, 2010 letter to Eugene’s Register-Guard newspaper, Sommer wrote: “Until Islam changes its 1,400 years of subjugation and conquest by the sword, the atrocities will continue to escalate.”
ACT! for America national leader Brigitte Gabriel claims an American Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen” and that Islam is the “real enemy.” She once told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim.” She also claimed that “Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct word ... it’s the vehicle for Islam ... Islam is the problem.”
When asked whether Americans should “resist Muslims who want to seek political office in this nation,” Gabriel said: “Absolutely. If a Muslim who has—who is—a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day—this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.”
Gabriel stated: “America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam.”
Along with her stated desire to have Muslims barred from public office, Gabriel has also claimed that Arabs “have no soul” and that Muslims worship “something they call ‘Allah,’ which is very different from the God we believe [in].”
Earlier this year, a person staffing an ACT! for America information table in Florida was caught on video bragging that he desecrated the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, and urinates in the washing stations Muslims use to perform their ritual ablutions (wudu) for prayer.
That person states: “Their foot baths, I love pissing in them ... The Quran makes worthless toilet paper. It just kind of scratches my a** a little bit ... To me, I like desecrating their [Muslims’] holy stuff.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
1. Thank the college for cancelling the class.
Lane Community College
4000 East 30th Ave
Eugene, OR 97405
Via Fax: 541-463-5201
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Brigitte Gabriel: Because She Hates?, Dr. Hesham Hassaballa http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/brigitte_gabriel_because_she_hates/