Colleges across the country are filled with corrupt liberal professors determined to spew misinformation. If any students dare to challenge their unfounded assertions, they are attacked and silenced. Some are even punished with lower grades. All of this is unconstitutional, but the authoritarian left gets away with it because there are hardly any conservative professors with the power to push back. However, students are starting to resist, and as a result, some far-left teachers are resigning.
Professor Areej Zufari, a Muslim instructor at Rollins College, was forced to quit after arguing with Marshall Polston, one of her students. Their argument began after she allegedly made questionable statements about Jesus and his disciples. Upon hearing what she said, he challenged her claims. She responded to his questions by accusing him of harassment and claimed he made her feel “unsafe,” which got him suspended. Although he ultimately fought the suspension and won, many students were outraged by this and fought to have her fired. She fled before the school could take any action.
Earlier this year, Polston was sitting in Zufari’s class when she asserted that Jesus wasn’t really crucified and that his disciples didn’t really think he was God. Incredulous, he questioned her. This led to her filing a complaint with the dean. In the complaint, she claimed that he made her feel “unsafe,” even though this same teacher led a discussion about Sharia Law and did not file a complaint when a student joked about dismembering people. According to the student, “the statement by the conservative Muslim student met such fear by some that one of the students reported it to the FBI.”
Shortly after this incident, he received a 52% on an essay he had written, which shocked him. “I was upset, understandably. I’ve never gotten anything less than straight A’s, so I was really interested in figuring out how to possibly improve or at least understand the grade,” he said.
He decided to confront his teacher about his grade and wrote her an email. In the email, he stated, “we need to talk as soon as possible over phone or in your office because you have been extremely unfair to me and pursuit [sic] a ruthless program of hostility in your recent grading simply due to the fact that I disagree with you on your inherent bias and clandestine theological apologies.”
He believed that he followed all of the instructions, but was still given a failing grade. “Quite frankly the grade you assigned to me exposes your [sic] a true agenda which is to silence me in class,” he noted in the email, adding, “as I told you before I’m not interested in speaking anymore. But since you’ve decided to carry a blitzkrieg out against me, I may have to speak up in regards to your extreme bias and not necessarily to the class but to the dean. You’re one of the most incompetent professors I have ever seen in my entire life.”
He also complained that “on the one hand you report me to the dean for correcting you while you were indoctrinating students with false information. On the other hand, a Muslim student in class cracks a joke about chopping someone’s body parts off and you do nothing,” suggesting she was a hypocrite. He added, “there’s something seriously wrong and depraved about you when you think my intellectual conversation is more threatening than the despicable comments about decapitation made by the student in question!”
Unsurprisingly, Zufari has a slightly different perspective. She wrote to the ACLU on Facebook complaining about one of her students. Specifically, she wrote that an unnamed pupil was “making my life hell this semester. This one is spewing hatred at me, de-railing class, and just sent me a hateful email threatening me…I want to know if there is a way to hold the individual responsible for his harassment and hate speech. Any ideas? Thank you!” It’s clear her comments are in reference to Polston. Saying this shows that she was determined to have him punished for his speech.
Fortunately, the First Amendment prohibits anyone from being punished for “hate speech” because it is too subjective and could be used to censor others. This is what Zufari tried to do. She didn’t like that a student was standing up for Christianity and tried to have him silenced. However, it backfired and she was forced to leave the university.
Despite this, Polston was suspended. The university denies it was because of his disagreement with his professor. Rather, they claim that his punishment was related to “vulgar” and “mean-spirited” social media comments he made to a fellow student. He challenged the suspension, and it was determined that the accusations were unfounded and his suspension was thrown out. Upon returning to school, he discovered that the professor had quit.
According to Rollins College President Grant Cornwell, she quit because she no longer felt safe at the school. Specifically, he stated that she “resigned this semester because of the hateful threats and emails and phones messages she was getting.” He added, “I think it’s a terrible injustice, but I do respect her decision.” Although she no longer works at Rollins, she’s still a full-time employee at Valencia College. Some are concerned she may continue to attack conservatives there. If so, she must be fired immediately.
Colleges that don’t protect students’ right to speak must be held accountable for their actions. President Donald Trump has been clear about his feelings on universities that fail to protect their students’ right to speak. When violent protesters shut down a speaking event at Berkeley, he tweeted, “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Universities where students are unable to speak freely on campus do not deserve federal funds. They also shouldn’t receive any state funds. If a college can’t protect its students, then they shouldn’t exist. This will incentivize schools to take free speech more seriously.
The authoritarian left must be resisted. They cannot be allowed to control people’s thoughts, especially on a college campus. Zufari is an example of how conservative students can organize together to get rid of terrible professors. But they should not be alone. If necessary, the state and federal government should punish any university violating the First Amendment rights of their conservative students.