Ohio State is lecturing its students on Islamophobia only three months after a Somali refugee attacked its campus in an act of terror. The student plowed his car into a crowd of Ohio State students and then after, he proceeded to stab several of them with a knife. This student had praised al-Qaeda leaders in the past as heroes and criticized America for interfering in the Middle East. Students are not all happy with this lecture. Some find it insensitive after such an ordeal and they feel that Muslim students are not treated any differently since the incident.
An Ohio State student was quoted in the Daily Caller:
“There would seem to be considerable fear at OSU — but not of Muslims. The College Fix found one student willing to talk about alleged “Islamophobia” at the university but only on the condition of anonymity because he said he feared being punished by the OSU administration for his frankness. “I will spout off about any other topic, but OSU has made it clear that this topic is untouchable,” he told the student news service. “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.”
Ohio state has not commented on this, but on their website:
“In recent years, prejudice towards and discrimination of Muslims has reached a fevered pitch. Beyond blatant physical attacks or acts of vandalism, polls show that negative sentiment towards the followers of Islam runs deep, and has manifested itself in a range of ways. In an evening discussion that addresses this pernicious phenomenon, author Nathan Lean discusses its causes, its consequences, and highlights some of the underlying dynamics that have animated it in recent history. Looking ahead, he also offers key insights on how students, scholars, and members of community at large can counter instances of prejudice and help realize a world that values pluralism and diversity.”