Freedom of Speech: Islam Goes Apeshit over Charlie Hebdo Muhammad Cartoons Repub, Quran Eating, and Successful Critical Analysis

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Wokism Cancels Muhammad.

"We Will Cancel Islam. -- The Internet"

Upcoming "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" Will Soon Respond
Further Proving the Absurdity and Violence of Islam.
On July 11, 2010, it was reported that the Yemeni-American al-Qaeda
cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had put Molly Norris on a hitlist. In the
English version of the al-Qaeda magazine Inspire, Al-Awlaki wrote,
"The medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of
those involved"

Minnesota Art Professor Fired For Showing Depiction Of Prophet Muhammad

A Minnesota adjunct professor was fired for showing a 14th-century
panting of the Prophet Muhammad, despite taking extensive precautions
before doing so.
Hamline University.

The now-former professor at Hamline University, Erika López Prater,
warned students in the syllabus that images of holy figures, including
the Prophet Muhammad and the Buddha, would be shown during the course.
She asked students to contact her with any concerns, and said nobody

In class, she told students right before the unveiling that the
painting would be displayed in case anyone wanted to step out.

Then, after showing the image, she was fired, the NY Times reports.

    Officials at Hamline, a small, private university in St. Paul,
Minn., with about 1,800 undergraduates, had tried to douse what they
feared would become a runaway fire. Instead they ended up with what
they had tried to avoid: a national controversy, which pitted
advocates of academic liberty and free speech against Muslims who
believe that showing the image of Prophet Muhammad is always

    After Dr. López Prater showed the image, a senior in the class
complained to the administration. Other Muslim students, not in the
course, supported the student, saying the class was an attack on their
religion. They demanded that officials take action. -NY Times

School officials told López Prater that her 'services would not be
needed' next semester, and told students and faculty in an email that
the incident was clearly Islamophobic.

According to an email so-signed by Hamline president Fayneese S.
Miller, respect for Muslim students "should have superseded academic
Hamline University President Fayneese S. Miller

Meanwhile at a town hall, a Muslim who was invited to speak compared
it to teaching that Hitler was good.

Free Speech Backlash

In response to the firing, an Islamic art historian wrote an essay
defending López Prater and demanding that the university's board
investigate the matter. An associated petition has received over 2,800

Free speech groups such as PEN America called it "one of the most
egregious violations of academic freedom in recent memory," and as the
Times notes, "Muslims themselves debated whether the action was

That doesn't matter to Miller, who defended the decision - saying: "To
look upon an image of the Prophet Muhammad, for many Muslims, is
against their faith," adding "It was important that our Muslim
students, as well as all other students, feel safe, supported and
respected both in and out of our classrooms."

The student who complained about the image, Aram Wedatalla of Sudanese
origin, said she was blindsided by the image.

"I’m like, ‘This can’t be real,’" she said. "As a Muslim and a Black
person, I don’t feel like I belong, and I don’t think I’ll ever belong
in a community where they don’t value me as a member, and they don’t
show the same respect that I show them."

The image shown by López Prater is contained in one of the earliest
Islamic illustrated histories of the world, "A Compendium of
Chronicles," written by Rashid-al-Din during the 14th century. It's
shown regularly in art history classes, and depicts a crowned Angel
Gabriel pointing at the Prophet Muhammad and delivering the first
Quaranic revelation.
Mohammed receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel.

According to Christine Gruber, professor of Islamic Art at the
University of Michigan who wrote the essay defending López Prater, the
image is a "masterpiece of Persian manuscript painting."

    [S]imilar paintings have been on display at places like the
Metropolitan Museum of Art. And a sculpture of the prophet is at the
Supreme Court.

    Dr. Gruber said that showing Islamic art and depictions of the
Prophet Muhammad have become more common in academia, because of a
push to “decolonize the canon” — that is, expand curriculum beyond a
Western model. -NYT

"My perspective and actions have been lamentably mischaracterized, my
opportunities for due process have been thwarted, and Dr. Everett’s
all-employee email accusation that ‘undeniably… Islamophobic’ actions
undertaken in my class on Oct. 6 have been misapplied," Prater told
the student paper.

Mark Berkson, the university’s department of religion chair and a
professor of Asian religions, Islam, and comparative religion, wrote:
"In the context of an art history classroom, showing an Islamic
representation of the Prophet Muhammad, a painting that was done to
honor Muhammad and depict an important historical moment, is not an
example of Islamophobia."

"Labeling it this way is not only inaccurate but also takes our
attention off of real examples of bigotry and hate."

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