“When you investigate free speech, you chill free speech.”
– Maurice Eisenstein, Purdue political science professor
A tenured PolySci professor at Purdue, Maurice Eisenstein, was cleared by the university of making incendiary and biased comments against Muslims. There was a finding, however, that he retaliated against other faculty members. Now the Professor is going to court claiming the university violated his free speech rights.
The problem started when Professor Eisenstein posted a photo of the massacre of Nigerian Christians said to be carried out by African Muslims on his Facebook page. His comment with the picture was “Where are the ‘moderate’ Muslims’ reaction to this? Oh, I forgot they are still looking at the earth as flat …,”
The campus Muslim Student Association went to school officials to complain. A history Professor, Miriam Joyce, filed a harassment suit against him, claiming that what he said was wrong, created an unpleasant environment and sent a wrong message.
So, am I to understand that a professor has no right to post an opinion on his Facebook page if it is unpleasant? Is that our new guideline for freedom of speech?
The university found him innocent of violating the university’s free-speech and anti-harassment rules but reprimanded him for retaliating, which he says was in response to heated email exchanges (emphasis on the word “exchanges” if this is true).
He also made a comment on Facebook about “the idiot Mohammad [sic}, may his name be cursed.” He later said, “I was trying to be challenging as a professor, and do what I was trained to do.”
CAIR Chicago called it Islamophobia and labeled him a bigot. On the face of it, the African Muslims who murdered the Christian Nigerians seem to have drawn no ire whatsoever from these people – how peculiar.
CAIR C also said, “…there is a discrepancy between bigotry that is allowed on the basis of free speech and bigotry that is condemned by the public..” They then go on to call it racism though they admit Muslims are not a race.
Last I heard, we do not follow Sharia Law. Free speech is not dependent on one’s feelings.
A leftist group called loonwatch said –
It is quite condescending for a political science professor to coach his view of the sectarian violence in Nigeria in such black and white terms as “decide if you are with the radical or civilized people,” clearly he is generalizing about Islam and Muslims, and casting them in the “radical” and hence “uncivilized” camp. Students who saw this posting and read it in the context of the professor’s past statements can be excused for thinking he meant to tar all Muslims.
Condescension and personal views are allowed in the United States or, at least, they have been.
Free speech is an unalienable right. I will be interested in what the courts have to say about this.
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