Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Michigan Professor in Trouble

A Michigan State University professor is in trouble for sending the following email after it was announced that the Moslem Student Association would be protesting the Mohammed cartoons:

Dear Moslem Association: As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intened 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 chirches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavain 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 counsul you dissatisfied, agressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile "protests."

If you do not like the values of the West -- see the 1st Ammendment -- 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.

Cordially, I. S. Wichman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Blogger LorzoftheRings said...

Dear Mr. Wichman, As a staff memeber of Biology here at UIC I intend to protest your protest of the of MSU's MSA protest.

I am not offended by riduculous and bigoted comments by ignorant professors, but more mundane things like the beheading of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, the murder and displacement of countless inocent people, the murders of Imams(the latest in Uganda), the destruction of Islamic Mosques, the continued forced conversions of Buddists in Sri Lanka, the imposition of Christian bigotry on non-Christians, and the thousands of children forced to become soldiers and sex slaves.

This is what offends me, a not-so-soft spoken academic and many, many, many of my colleagues. I would counsul you, sir, as an agressive, brutal, ignorant and uncivilized slave-trading Christian to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile protest, except I realize that while all the above actions are currently being purpetrated by Christians around the globe, they are not nesissarily representitive of every Christian. In fact, they are diametrically opposed to the vast majority of Christian's beliefs, just like the actions you listed are diametrically opposed to Islamic beliefs.

I would like to point out, however, just how appropriate the word Infantile is as a discriptor of your comments. I know a very birght boy here in Illinois named Dillion. Dillion isn't even in Kindergarden yet, but I bet he could teach you quite a lot. You see all children old enough to watch Sesame Street can comprehend when "one of these things are not like the others." I bet he wouldn't try to compare a bunch of college kids, probably born and raised in this country, with social deviants half-way around the world.

If you do not like people in this country who disagree with your views -- see the 1st Ammendment -- you are free to leave too. I hope for my sake that you choose that option. Please return to your ancestral homelands and make them more ignorant instead of troubling Americans.

Cordially, M.M. Lorz, staff member UIC

11:37 AM  
Blogger Papa Knows said...

Your message leaves me only confused. How you can relate a cartoon to the points the professor was making amazes me. You do show an amazing ability to point out the termites in the lumber yard while the fire rages around you!

2:23 PM  
Blogger LorzoftheRings said...

I thought my first message was both funny and clear, but I'll take one out of two.

To further clarify, I called Wichman an ignorant, hypocrytical bigot, and here's why.

He starts by saying that he is not offended by cartoons, which is not surprising as the cartoon in question is only offensive to some Muslims. If it were a cartoon of Jesus about to murder someone, he may be singing a different tune.

More riduculous than this, however, he then lists the horrible attrocities being commited by other people half-way around the world, only a few of which have anything to do with the cartoon incidents. So, at this point he was just ignorant as to which attrocities were due to cartoons and which weren't.

However, he then went on to lump all Muslims together as one people, and to hold some American college students in Michigan responsible for attrocities which they niether committed or condoned. This makes him a bigot.

He then went on to call their protests infantile, which is ironic as he did this in the middle of his own protest. This makes him a hypocrite.

He then went on to insinuate that if you are Islamic, you do not like the values of "the West". This is funny because the values of the west are what they are in part because of the role of Islam played in returning the knowledge of the Greeks to popular western culture after the Christian dark ages. This makes him even more ignorant.

As a side note I'd also like to point out that the Ammendment that he suggests that Muslims dislike is the 1st, which is the same Ammendment that they were utilizing by holding the protest. This doesn't make him ignorant as much as it makes him an idiot.

And finally, he asks the group to return to your ancestral homelands (which since Islam is a religion and not a nationality, means that they are potentially from any country on earth), and insinuates that all of them are from Iraq or Afganistan. Once again making him ridiculously ignorant.

The reason that I related the professor's comments to the cartoons is that both are inflamitory, ignorant in the extreme, and culturally insensitive. He failed to make a single point that was factually or logically sound. I still think that both have the right to be read or seen respectively because I believe in free speech.

I would also like to point out that I belong to no religion. So in your fire analogy, I have no lumber yard. I do like to point out the termites and fires in everyone else's yards though. Especially when the professor, and most people who agree with him, are constantly pointing out that their neighbor's yard is on fire, without noticing the flames at their own feet.

5:07 PM  
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