Only three months after Abdul Razak Ali Artan injured 11 people in an ISIS-inspired terror attack on Ohio State’s campus, the university is preparing a lecture to warn its students of the dangers of Islamophobia.
Scheduled speaker and author Nathan Lean has been asked by the Middle East Studies Center and the school’s Multicultural Center to engage the student body in understanding the “pernicious phenomenon” of American Islamophobia.
Lean is the author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims. Stopping in Columbus to promote his new book, Lean’s writing claims the supposed American hatred towards the Muslim religion is “so fierce in its grip on some populations that it drives them to do the unthinkable.”
Ohio State hopes its students will indulge “key insights on how students, scholars, and members of the community at large can counter instances of prejudice and help realize a world that values pluralism and diversity.”
According to The College Fix, students are not against Islam, but fear the backlash of speaking with an open mind. One Ohio State student told the publication his words would only be made available under the veil of anonymity, as he believes the school’s administration would not allow an open forum to question the religious practices of radicalized Islam.
“I will spout off about any other topic, but OSU has made it clear that this topic is untouchable,” the student told The College Fix. “I feel as a student at a public institution that I am being silenced. If I am a free thinker I should be allowed to question Islam, its writings, its prophet and teachings, just like fundamentalist Christian values are questioned everyday here at OSU. This does not promote dialogue but rather writes everyone right of the aisle off as the potential perpetrators of hate crimes.”
Abdul Artan, the student responsible for targeting students with his car and attempting to stab countless others on November 28, 2016, was shot and killed by campus policeman Alan Horujko only minutes into the attack.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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