A sophomore at Rollins College in Florida was specked last week for challenging his Muslim professor who told the class that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a hoax.
The Muslim humanities professor, Areeje Zufari allegedly also told students that Jesus’ disciples didn’t believe that he was God.
Upset over what the professor was telling students, 20-year-old Marshall Polston confronted Zufari.
“It was very off-putting and flat out odd,” Polston told the Central Florida Post. The student said that he has studied in Muslim countries but that his professor’s ideologies were some of the most radical he had ever heard. “Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”
Polston claimed he received a 52 on his next essay in Zufari’s class and was not given an explanation for the poor grade.
“I was upset, understandably,” Polston said. “I’ve never gotten anything less than straight A’s, so I was really interested in figuring out how to possibly improve or at least understand the grade.”
Reportedly, Polston went on to talk about another instance in his class in which a Muslim student said gay people and adulterers should be beheaded in accordance with Muslim law.
“I spoke out to the professor about … the decapitation comments made by the student,” Polston told the College Fix. “The statement by the conservative Muslim student met such fear by some that one of the students reported it to the FBI. The situation was surreal. We’ve already had one too many attacks in Orlando and, as an avid traveler, I realized this was the perfect example of ‘see something, say something.'”
Following this class discussion, Polston said the professor reported him to the school’s “dean of safety,” claiming Polston made her feel “unsafe.” She even canceled class.
“They made it clear that they had not gotten a report about what the student said, and were more concerned about the danger I was causing to the campus. What danger? A difference of opinion in a college classroom is nothing out of the ordinary and certainly not dangerous,” Polston said. “The bad grade was upsetting, but they were literally refusing to acknowledge the dangers posed by someone who advocated chopping off body parts on campus.”
Rollins College wrote a letter to Polston, suspending him from school. Without explaining what Polston had done to deserve the suspension, the letter, obtained by the Post, said he caused a “threat of disruption” and is “jeopardizing the safety and well-being” of the college and students.
On top of it all, Zufari made a recent claim that Polston violated the no-contact order by appearing outside her classroom last Thursday. She filed a police report with the Winter Park Police Department claiming he was harassing her. Polston claims that this is a complete lie and went to the extent of providing school surveillance footage and a receipt to prove that he wasn’t near the school at the time Zufari claims.
The school has not returned any requests for comment on the issue from media.
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