Georgetown’s Nathan Lean is a supreme example of how academia has become a radioactive desert of hard-Left indoctrination and opposition to the freedom of speech. If Ohio State is really worried about “Islamophobia,” they should be focusing on those who really “manufacture” it: not “the Right,” but the likes of Ohio State jihadi Abdul Artan; and Nidal Malik Hasan, and Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and Omar Mateen, and Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, and all the other Muslims who have committed jihad massacres in the United States.
But instead, Ohio State is bringing in Lean, who styles himself an expert on “Islamophobia.” Did an “Islamophobe” go on a killing spree at Ohio State, or was it an Islamic jihadist? A longtime foe of the freedom of speech, Lean has dedicated his life to defaming and lying about anyone and everyone who dares to utter a critical word about the religious ideology that guides Islamic jihadists and incites them to commit mass murder. His targets have included Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz and me, and in every case, Lean plays fast and loose with the facts, cheerfully purveying falsehoods even when he has been shown that they are false (the images are gone from that old post, but it still conveys the substance), so desperate is he to clear away all obstacles to the advance of jihad terror. Not content to defame his targets over their opposition to jihad terror, he stalks them elsewhere: I was scheduled to speak several years ago at an education conference that had nothing to do with Islam, but Lean mounted a defamation campaign that intimidated a cowardly Catholic bishop, Jaime Soto, to cancel the event (it was held at another location) because of my work on Islam.
Lean is not content to spread lies about those whom he hates; he is also the lowest kind of thug, and has repeatedly tweeted out links to what he thinks is my home address and places that I frequent (he was wrong in both cases, but that’s beside the point), in an obvious attempt either to frighten me into silence or to signal to his jihadi friends and allies where I can be found and killed. He is an expert, practiced hater — a look at his Twitter feed shows that he regularly revels in crude and vicious abuse of those who dare to say the slightest negative word about the Religion of Peace. As he claims to be opposing “haters,” he is easily one of the most hateful individuals I have ever encountered in my entire life. Oh, and this creepy little thug recently called for a “public uprising” to overthrow President Trump.
“After Ohio State students attacked by radical Muslim, campus hosts ‘Islamophobia’ talk,” by Amanda Tidwell, The College Fix, February 18, 2017:
The Ohio State University’s Middle East Studies Center in partnership with the Multicultural Center is set to host author Nathan Lean to discuss the “pernicious phenomenon” of Islamophobia.
The event, slated for Monday, comes roughly three months after a Somali refugee student plowed a car into a crowd of Ohio State students before stabbing several of them with a butcher knife. In the past, that student had praised an al-Qaeda leader as a “hero” and criticized America for interfering in the Middle East.
Lean, author of “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims,” is a researcher focused on Islam, Islamophobia, the Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations, and other issues, his website states.
“The fear that the Islamophobia Industry has manufactured is so fierce in its grip on some populations that it drives them to do the unthinkable,” states Lean’s book summary on Amazon.
During his discussion at Ohio State he seeks to evaluate Islamophobia’s “causes, consequences, and highlight some of the underlying dynamics that have animated it in recent history,” OSU’s website states.
He will also offer “key insights on how students, scholars, and members of community at large can counter instances of prejudice and help realize a world that values pluralism and diversity,” it adds.
The webpage for the event also notes 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.”
His talk will delve into this “pernicious phenomenon,” the site states….
When a third year finance major at Ohio State was asked if he has witnessed any prejudice or discrimination against Muslims on campus, he told The College Fix “no, none at all.”
He asked to not be identified as he feared potential retaliation from the OSU administration.
“I will spout off about any other topic, but OSU has made it clear that this topic is untouchable,” he told The Fix. “I feel as a student at a public institution that I am being silenced. If I am a free thinker I should be allowed to question Islam, its writings, its prophet, and teachings just like fundamentalist Christian values are questioned everyday here at OSU. This does not promote dialogue but rather writes everyone right of the aisle off as the potential perpetrators of hate crimes.”
Alam Payind and Melinda McClimans, director and assistant director of the Middle East Studies Center at Ohio State, did not comment when asked by The College Fix if Ohio State was aware of or had any reported acts of prejudice or discrimination against Muslims at OSU….
“In the past 36 years, we have strictly followed the principles of academic freedom, based on the guidelines of both the Ohio State University and the U.S. Department of Education,” they said.
Sure they have. How many counter-jihad speakers have they featured?