Texas Christian University students taking a world religions course this coming semester will be forced to visit a mosque service as part of a class assignment.
The course is titled “Understanding Diverse Faith Communities.” It is being taught by Associate Professor of Islamic and Religious Studies Yushau Sodiq, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies and master’s degree in Islamic law at University of Medina in Saudi Arabia. He also earned a PhD in Islamic Studies from Temple University.
Sodiq’s controversial trip was originally scheduled to take place on the Christian holiday, Good Friday. However, due to the school being closed on this holiday, campus spokeswoman Holly Ellman says the trip will be rescheduled.
“Texas Christian University is actually closed on Good Friday,” Ellman told media outlets in an email. “The date on the syllabus was inaccurate, which the professor is aware of and is modifying. He will notify his students accordingly to ensure that they have accurate, up-to-date information about the course.”
Obtained by College Fix, the syllabus regarding the class field trip reads:
“Every student is expected to attend this service. This visit is part of your participation in class. Many other students from our department will join us. It is a religious experience visit. No student is required to participate in mosque’s service during our visit. You can also invite your friends to join in this visit… If you do not attend the mosque, you will not be able to do the quiz and as you know, there is not make-up for quizzes.”
An extra credit assignment can also be awarded. It’s called “Being Muslim for a Day,” in which a student wears Muslim garb and informs their family members they’ve converted to Islam and document the reactions.
H/T: The College Fix
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