Wednesday, April 26, 2006

MSU prof shoots self, department in foot - MSU don't care

Dear Moslem Association: As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intened to protest your protest. I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey!), burnings of Christian chirches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavain girls and women (called "whores" in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France. This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many, many of my colleagues. I counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile "protests." If you do not like the values of the West--see the 1st Ammendment--you are free to leave. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option. Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans. Cordially, I. S. Wichman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

You can read that and more here, but prepare to be shocked - MSU thinks this sort of email, sent to the Muslim Student Association at MSU, does not violate university policy

That Wichman has a right to speak his mind goes without saying - so do Michigan Nazis. But students also have a right to be treated fairly and professionally by any university employee they encounter. This right goes beyond classroom interaction: they shouldn’t be hassled on campus or getting bigoted emails from them, either.

Can any Muslim student, from this point on, expect to be treated in a fair, professional manner by Professor Wichman, or his “many” colleagues in the Mechanical Engineering Department? If the answer is no, as I suspect it is, then Wichman should be publicly reprimanded, if not shown to the door.

Put it another way: if a professor had written a letter to one of the African-American student organizations around Martin Luther King Day – a letter “protesting” bad things that happen in Africa, and then telling those students to please move back there – would the university say that letter didn’t violate MSU policy? Or would they throw that professor off campus faster than you could say “Jesse Jackson’s on line one”?

That was, of course, a rhetorical question. The real question is why Professor Wichman still has his job.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your view is interesting, and I can see your point. Sad that some people, because of their position in society can't speak their mind, isn't it? Because he's a professer, he looses his political voice, and can't take a position. Newscasters should not use their positions as forums, police should not deride organized crime, gangs, etc. I see what you mean.

1:07 PM  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...

"Sad that some people, because of their position in society can't speak their mind, isn't it?"

Depends what's on their mind. If a professor thinks Muslims are bad news, he probably shouldn't be teaching at a public university in a country that has freedom of religion in the first place.

But if he chooses to do so, he needs to be careful what he says, especially with his university email account, and doubly so when he invokes the feelings of the rest of his department.

And no, Newscasters shouldn't use their positions as forums, unless they're making a special comment or providing an obvious opinion. Newscasters are supposed to be impartial reporters of the facts, and leave the op-eds for the talk shows.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an idiot you are. your "friends" will cut your throat. Show me a Muslim country and I will show you modern day slavery,abuse of women, killing of gays (like you),and no freedom of speach. Fool. When they come for you don't call us to save you. Your genetic line NEEDS to end.

3:35 PM  
Blogger J. Edward Tremlett said...

Wow, that was totally unintelligent, homophobic, AND misspelled.

Thanks for breathing a ray of intelligent sunshine into the debate. Stormfront is over there, somewhere, Hidey back home?

4:07 PM  

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