A Christian student at Rollins College in Florida was suspended for challenging a Muslim professor after she denounced the Crucifixion of Jesus and failed “to challenge a Muslim student who said homosexuals should be decapitated under Sharia law,” per Daily Mail.
Student Marshall Polston and Professor Areej Zufari had apparently been clashing since the start of the semester.
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In an interview with the Central Florida Post, Polston said that Zufari claimed Jesus’ crucifixion was a hoax and that his disciples didn’t believe he is ‘God’.
‘It was very off-putting and flat out odd,’ he said. ‘I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.’
‘Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine … that he was “God”. Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence,’ he added to The College Fix.
School officials got involved after the first handful of in-class arguments, at which time Polston’s “behavior” apparently improved.
That is, until Zufari gave Polston an unmerited 52 percent on an essay.
She says she was concerned about his reaction, and just as she predicted – he lashed out at her in a long email the next day.
‘Since you’ve decided to carry a blitzkrieg out against me, I may have to speak up in regards to your extreme bias and not necessarily to the class but to the dean,’ Polston said.
‘Quite frankly the grade you assigned to me exposes your true agenda which is to silence me in class.’ the email said. ‘You’re one of the most incompetent professors I have ever seen in my life.’
He also threatened to contact ‘national media personalities that I’m good friends with’ or take legal action.
But Polston said he made ‘absolutely no threats’ in the email.
Zufari, days later, posted on the ACLU of Florida Facebook page, requesting advice in dealing with a student who was “making my life hell this semester.”
Weeks later, a Muslim student in the class made a statement claiming that “a good punishment for gays, adulterers, and thieves was the removal of a certain body part, as determined by Sharia law.”
Zufari did not reprimand the student, despite the comment disrupting class to the extent that one of Polston’s peers “informed the FBI.”
After class that day, she reported Polston to the Dean.
‘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. It was surreal and degrading.
‘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,’ Polston said.
Polston was banned by the administration from returning to the class, however Zufari filed a police report against him the following week after claiming she saw him pass the classroom.
Video surveillance of a Chipotle 30 to 40 minutes away showed Polston was not on campus at the time.
Zufari filed a ‘protection against stalking’ request against Polston on March 23, and the next day he was officially suspended from the school.
In a letter to Polston, administrators said his ‘actions have constituted a threat of disruption within the operations of the College and jeopardize the safety and well-being of members of the College community’.
Polston is working with an attorney to determine his legal options at this time.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.