Associate Professor of Political Science, Maurice Moshe Eisenstein posted comments attached with a link to a YouTube video on his Facebook page, where he asked for justice for the killings of black Christians in Nigeria while lashing out at Muslims.
(Freedom of speech on college campuses only exists for people on the Left of any issue. When it comes to Muslims, truth is the new hate speech)
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PUC Chronicle Energetic chants such as “No more Eisenstein, Eisenstein must go!” were shouted by Muslim terrorist-symathizing students over anti-Muslim comments made by a PUC professor on his public Facebook page and during his class lectures have led to campus-wide outrage and student protests.
The video link was found by another PUC professor, which then started a heated debate between Eisenstein and PUC students via Facebook. On one of Facebook comments,Eisenstein wrote that “Muslims are barbarians and that they are nothing more to me than dogs.” He further wrote that Muslims are “out to kill him.”Eisenstein has taught at PUC since 1993 and received tenure in 2000.
PUC students Wala Issa, Jessica Tabor and alumni Chris Ramirez started the protests by organizing with other students in response to the anti-Muslim comments and alleged religious harassment from Eisenstein. During the exchange of comments on Facebook, Eisenstein called Issa a “Jew hater” after she posted a separate link in defense of Muslims and the Islamic religion. Issa said her intentions were to show that anyone can take an article and misinterpret it.
“He believes that we are targeting him as an orthodox Jew, [but] this has nothing to do with that. We are just offended about things that he said, which were calling Muslims terrorists and saying that the prophet Muhammad was an idiot,” said Issa.
Eisenstein said the protesters are expressing their First Amendment rights and speaking their minds. He said he did not know it was a Muslim holiday when he made those comments in a class. He said his intent was to report on the 150 dead black Christian men, women and children, who were slaughtered.
“I want somebody to say that’s wrong. So far, I have been the only one who has said that. Someone has to condemn the people who did this. It’s my right to post that, [and] it is my right to speak out. That’s my right to freedom of speech,” said Eisenstein.
In a public statement, Wes Lukoshus, assistant vice chancellor for advancement, said, “PUC, by its nature as a public university, both welcomes and encourages the exchange of thoughtful and diverse views and opinions; however it does not condone expressions that are considered offensive, intolerant or disrespectful.”
“Certainly, recent unpleasant comments exchanged between Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Eisenstein and others have been communicated on the Professor’s personal Facebook page. In no way do these comments reflect the university’s position and commitment to tolerance and respect with regard to the right of free expression by all individuals,” Lukoshus said.
Aside from the comments made on Facebook, Issa has previously filed two personal complaints to PUC officials against Eisenstein. The first incident involving Issa and Eisenstein occurred on Aug. 30, the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. Issa said Eisenstein made comments during a classroom lecture where he allegedly stated “Muslims are corrupting the world and the only thing Muslims are good for is their food.”
Various media outlets and radio stations, including NBC Chicago, have provided coverage of the demonstrations, but protesters claim the media has spun the story to make it look like Eisenstein is being picked on solely because of his faith.
Fawwaz Alshammari, president of the MSA and electrical engineering technology senior, said he was contacted by a student who was mad after Eisenstein spoke about the prophet Muhammad and Islam during a class lecture.
Alshammari responded to the comments Eisenstein posted on Facebook, where he said; “The Muslim Student Association is anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic organization” and “Islam and Arabs are out to embrace and love the Jews. What a Joke. They only want to kill me.”
Protesters said they plan to continue demonstrations until either Eisenstein resigns or action of some form is taken by Purdue officials. Protesters are calling for the resignation of Eisenstein, as they claim an apology will not be enough. Issa and Tabor have contacted student groups from other universities, as well as civil rights leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition. (Can CAIR be far behind?)