Hooray for Michigan State University (The Spartans) and Professor Wichman!!!
Well, what do we have here. Looks like a small case of some people being able to dish it out, but not take it. Let’s start at the top. The story begins at Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering professor named Indrek Wichman.
Wichman sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student’s Association. The e-mail was in response to the students’ protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist. The group had complained the cartoons were “hate speech.”
Enter Professor Wichman. In his e-mail, he said the following:
Dear Moslem Association:
As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest. I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey!), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called “whores” in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.
This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many, many of my colleagues. I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceeded with your infantile “protests.” If you do not like the values of the West — see the 1st Amendment — you are free to leave.
I hope for God’s sake that most of you choose that option.
Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.
I. S. Wichman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Well! As you can imagine, the Muslim group at the university didn’t like this too well. They’re demanding Wichman be reprimanded and mandatory diversity training for faculty and a seminar on hate and discrimination for freshman. How nice. But now the Michigan chapter of CAIR has jumped into the fray. CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, apparently doesn’t believe that the good professor had the right to express his opinion.
For its part, the university is standing its ground. They say the e-mail was private, and they don’t intend to publicly condemn his remarks. That will probably change. Wichman says he never intended the e-mail to be made public, and wouldn’t have used the same strong language if he’d known it was going to get out.
How’s the left going to handle this one? If you’re in favor of the freedom of speech, as in the case of Ward Churchill, will the same protections be demanded for Indrek Wichman? I doubt it.
Hey folks, send this to everybody and ask them to do the same and tell them to keep passing it around till the whole country gets it.
We are in a war.
Myth Blaster Verdict:
True. Indrek Wichman IS a professor at Michigan State University and teaches Mechanical Engineering. [Faculty Profile]
According to Scopes, Professor Wichman stated in an interview with Detroit News:
I used strong language in a private communication that I would certainly not have used if this communication would have gone public. … For the record, I thought it was a private communication and it was written in haste. I think a very minor thing has been blown completely out of proportion. I wrote it in 60 seconds. It was not like I sat and pondered over this thing for days. It was like you talking one night to your wife or your kids.
MSU officials, thus far have not issued a reprimand because Wichman, whether going public with his statement intentionally or not, applies to the First Amendment of free speech, just as the Moslems in America have free speech to denounce verbally a newspaper that prints a caricature of their prophet Mohammad – but not commit violence over it nor declare that the offender be put to death.
You can find that cyberspace is buzzing with this piece of information, dating April 25th at Myopic Zeal in posting entitled Indrek Wichman Speaks Out.
Then there are leftist websites like The State News who denounces Wichman with an article entitled Poor Choice, Professor. The email was reprinted in the Detroit Free Press.
AlphaNumericus posted a press release from CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) as reporting that CAIR in Michigan
called on Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing to take ‘appropriate disciplinary action’ against a professor who sent an Islamophobic e-mail to Muslim students.” A quote from Free Press: “An Islamic student group at Michigan State University demanded Monday that university officials publicly reprimand a professor whose Feb. 28 e-mail called on Muslims who don’t ‘like the values of the West’ to leave the United States.
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