Monday, August 24, 2015

At Lincoln University, the Siddique Controversy Heats Up

At Lincoln University, a vile professor named Kaukab Siddique has for years made hateful and violent statements against Jews and those who criticize Islam or mock the Prophet Mohammad. Lincoln U maintains that Siddique has a right to his free speech. A Pennsylvania lawmaker is challenging the academic integrity of having such a professor on Lincoln's faculty.

I have to walk a thin line here because I know some people would like to see me cut loose from where I teach (part-time) because of my criticisms of Islam and recital of terror acts when they are carried out. Siddique has the right of free speech, but when he advocates the murder of people because of things they say, where does that enter into academic discourse? In addition, why do we allow people with these views into our country? (Siddique is from Pakistan.) Siddique is leaning on his academic freedom and his right of free speech. but he would not only deny that right to others, he would see them killed-right here in the US if necessary. I say that kind of thinking has no place here. Not in our colleges and not in our country.

Kaukab Siddique is a perfect example of our broken immigration system.


elwood p suggins said...

The right to free speech is neither more nor less absolute than any of the several/many other rights we possess. Perhaps we should recognize that and act accordingly in certain fairly rare instances.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

It is possible, and even reasonable, that his visa could be pulled because he has been actively inciting to felonious acts. The standard for guests is somewhat different from citizens, who can't have their visa pulled by their own government.