Three months ago Ohio State University experienced an act of terrorism that luckily resulted in no deaths. Months before the attacker, Addul Razak Ali Artan, plowed his car into a crowd of students before launching a knife attack, he’d complained in an interview with his student paper about the media’s portrayal of Muslims as terrorists.
Lucky him – he didn’t have to worry about being considered a terrorist at OSU, of all places. The Rebel’s Faith Goldy interviewed a number of students after the attack, none of whom would call the attack an act of terrorism. One student referred to the incident as “a misunderstanding.” You don’t say!
Now, three months after the attack, the University is finally taking a stand – against “Islamophobia.” According to The Blaze: The Ohio State University Middle East Studies Center is hosting a talk Monday on the “pernicious phenomenon” of Islamophobia, which comes three months after a Somali refugee plowed his car into a group of students and stabbed several of them with a butcher knife.
OSU’s Middle East Studies Center is partnering with its Multicultural Center to host author Nathan Lean, whose book “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims,” is focused on Islam, Islamophobia, the Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations and other issues, Lean’s website states.
His speech will evaluate Islamophobia’s “causes, consequences, and highlight some of the underlying dynamics that have animated it in recent history,” the school’s website page for the event states.
Lean apparently believes that “prejudice towards and discrimination of Muslims has reached a fevered pitch. Beyond blatant physical attacks or acts of vandalism, polls show that negative sentiment towards the followers of Islam runs deep, and has manifested itself in a range of ways.”
The author will attempt to offer insight on “how students, scholars, and members of [the] community at large can counter instances of prejudice and help realize a world that values pluralism and diversity,” the event page adds.
On their campus, Islamism has clearly proven itself to be a greater threat than Islamophobia, but speaking of religious bigotry, there IS one group that bears the brunt of it.
Even after 9/11 Muslims didn’t suffer as many hate crimes (less than 500) as Jews average every year (over 600).
If Islamophobia is a problem, certainly they’ll discuss anti-semitism on college campuses next, no?
On second thought, probably not.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]