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CAIR Florida Seeks Review of UCF Courses Taught by Anti-Muslim Professor

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(TAMPA, FL, 6/18/13) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL), along with other community organizations, announced that it has called on the University of Central Florida (UCF) to review the accuracy and objectivity of information offered to students in courses taught by Dr. Jonathon Matusitz.


CAIR-FL says Matusitz, an associate professor in the UCF Nicholson School of Communication, is "membership director" for the anti-Muslim hate group ACT! for America and bizarrely claims Germany will "become an Islamic republic by 2050."


VideoUniversity of Central Florida Professor Spews Anti-Islam Hate


 ACT! for America leader Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym "Brigitte Gabriel," says an American Muslim "cannot be a loyal citizen" and that Islam is the "real enemy." She once told the Australian Jewish News: "Every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim." Tudor also claimed that "Islamo-fascism is a politically-correct's the vehicle for Islam. . .Islam is the problem." The New York Times describes Gabriel as a "radical Islamophobe" who in the past has made statements like "Arabs have no soul" and "Arabs are barbarians."




 Backgrounder: Brigitte Gabriel and ACT! for America


 Matusitz recently told a Tea party gathering, "The problem is not so much the average Muslim, as it is the ideology," and falsely claimed that the Quran has "a lot of hateful verses that urge the adherents to kill non-Muslims." Public outcry forced Florida Republicans to cancel a scheduled lecture by Matusitz titled "The Islamic Threat to America."


 SEEPinellas GOP Wisely Cancels, Err, "Postpones" Speech from Controversial Anti-Islam Professor

Moderates within the Republican Party, such as Chris Latvala, son of state Sen. Jack Latvala, expressed concerns with Matusitz's talk, describing it on his Facebook as "bashing an entire religion practiced by many in Pinellas County."


 SEEPinellas Republicans Criticized for Inviting Anti-Islam Speaker


 In a letter outlining Matusitz's Islamophobic views sent to the Dean of the UCF College of Sciences Dr. Michael Johnson, CAIR-FL wrote in part:


 "His presentations on these subjects are full of anti-Muslim bigotry in the form of hate speech, inaccuracies, sweeping generalizations and stereotypes that would mislead students to believe that all Islamic societies are nothing more than violent, hate-filled terrorist factories. . .

 "The focus of Dr. Matusitz's teachings appears to be more about his personal ungrounded fear of Muslims than about teaching students how any culture actually facilitates terrorism. . .

 "We are requesting that courses taught by Dr. Matusitz be thoroughly reviewed by the College of Sciences so that your students are not subjected to his apparent disinformation and bigotry."


 Last week, Florida Atlantic University distanced itself from an advisor who made anti-Muslim statements on Facebook.


 VideoFAU Responds to CAIR-FL Request to Drop Anti-Muslim Advisor


 Visit CAIR-FL's link 'Islamophobia in Academia' for the latest on this developing issue:


 CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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 CONTACT: CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Hassan Shibly, 813-541-4321,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Nezar Hamze,954-673-9459,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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