An update on the Manchester (Connecticut) Community College professor who was fired after telling the truth about jihad, from the indefatigable anti-jihadist Jerry Gordon, who went with Michael Abdelmessih to talk with MCC officials today:
Today was a moment of truth for Coptic Christian Michael Abdelmessih. He was dismissed by Manchester Community College (MCC) here in Conecticut for his views on radical islam and alleged “poor grammar.”
Michael got a certified letter from MCC dated yesterday, April 20th, indicating that he was dismissed as an instructor for the Islamic radicalism course he had been hired for and that he would be paid until the term of the current contract. His contracts for a summer term teaching Arabic and a fall one on Middle East history and culture were terminated as well.
When Michael and I went to meet with the MCC Dean of Academic Affairs, Ann Savage and the Director of Human Resources, Debra Wilson, they barred me from participating in the meeting. I advised Michael that he could continue by himself, if he so chose. Before I exited, I asked Ms. Wilson if there had been any interrnal or FBI investigation of the threats made against Michael by either Muslim woman faculty members or the local Muslim community. Ms. Wilson replied: “this is a personnel problem.” The stonewalling mantra of the day! We heard it last night here in the Nutmeg State during an 11:00PM newscast interview with Michael on CBS affiliate Channel 3, WFSB-TV.
Then I had a surpirse for them both. I told them, after having conferred with the legal counsel of the Connecticut chapter of the ACLU, that the “ACLU had an interest in this matter.” Hurray, maybe the ACLU has finally woken up and smelled a real First Amendment case for the first time.
Michael went into the short meeting and came out and explained that he voiced all the allegations about threats and coercion from the two Muslim women faculty members in the ten weeks preceding the ill-fated first and only session on April 9th. That included modifying the orignal course outline and bibiography. Stony silence.
The HR director dropped the bomb and told him he was dismissed because of the following language in a handout he had prepared on Pycholical Fundamentalism after consulting with his former thesis advisor, Dr. Richard Welch at Southern Connectcut State University:
“This education starts at a young age. Children from the age of six start to regularly attend classes, although the families teach them the religion in the house from birth. The violence within the religion originates with its sick leaders who teach hatred, anger, and retribution. This is one of the major differences between the Muslim religion vs. its Judeo-Christian counterparts. The Muslim religion does not teach forgiveness, instead, it vehemently preaches revenge.”
Michael explained that he had derived this information from texts by Muslim authors, and not from critiques by either Christian or Jewish authors.
No matter, these views were enough to get him thrown out without so much as a by-your-leave.
They groused about his grammar.
He shook hands and said “Have a nice day,” and left the MCC administrative suites.
We then called WFSB TV-3 reporter Len Besthof and arranged to hold a second interview that will air on 11:00PM (EST) late night news for your Nutmeggers who are up at that hour tonight.
For you global Internet talk show junkies you can listen to this story of Islamic fundamentalism run riot in local community colleges here in the US by going to the Tovia Singer show on Israel national radio at: www.toviasingershow.com. Among the persons on the segment from 10:30PM to 11:15PM EDST in the USA will be Mike Meunier of the US Copts, Michael Abdelmessih (the aggrieved party), Lee Kaplan, contributing editor at FrontPageMagazine, and moi.
Len Besthof lingered after the interview and made an interesting observation: “Do you think, Michael, that you were done in by two radical fundamentalist Muslim women faculty members?” His response was “Yes!”
Were his First Amendment free speech rights and academic freedom violated? Big time.
Are we going to fight this? You bet.
Watch and listen in and wonder why this country is susceptible to an insidious cultural Jihad by Muslim fundamentalists in the lower depths of our public educational system.