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Rollins College Allegedly Suspends Conservative After He Challenged Islamic Student Who Threatened Gays

A Muslim student defended shariah law in class, but the professor went after the conservative Christian.

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Here's a bizarre story: Administrators at Rollins College in Florida suspended a conservative Christian student and banished him from campus after one of his professors—Areeje Zufari—reported that he was making her feel unsafe.

But according to the student, Marshall Polston, he was actually punished for disagreeing with the professor, and for voicing concerns about deeply offensive statements made by a classmate. This classmate, an unnamed male Muslim student, reportedly said that under shariah law, beheading was the appropriate punishment for gays and adulterers.

"It took a few seconds for me to realize that he actually said that, especially after what this community has faced with the tragic loss of life at Pulse," Polston told The Central Florida Post.

This student's comments understandably unnerved several members of Zufari's Middle Eastern Humanities class. Someone even notified the FBI.

Polston took his concerns to Zufari, who seemed unfazed by the comments.

Afterward, Polston was called to the dean of safety's office and informed of his suspension.

"In my judgment, your actions have constituted a threat of disruption within the operations of the college and jeopardize the safety and well-being of members of the College community and yourself," wrote the dean.

Officials ordered Polston to have no further contact with Zufari. The notice of suspension also prohibits Polston from contacting a named female student, for reasons unknown. (As far as I can tell, this named female student is not the student who made the comments about shariah law in class, since her gender is wrong.) Polston could not immediately be reached for comment.

Polston's feud with Zufari predates the shariah law episode. They clashed during a previous class period: Zufari purportedly asserted that Jesus was never crucified and his followers didn't believe he was a god. Polston challenged her, and then received a failing grade on an essay. When he inquired about the grade, Zufari retaliated by cancelling classes and reporting Polston to the dean for making her feel unsafe, according to Polston's account.

The discussion of shariah law took place at subsequent class meeting.

"Our university should be a place where free-speech flashes and ideas can be spoken of without punishment or fear of retribution," Polston told The College Fix. "In my case it was the total opposite… I came forward with the story because I know so many other students like me suffer under today's liberal academic elite."

In the story, 20-year-old Polston notes that he has traveled the Middle East (pictures from his Facebook profile support this) and even given a lecture at Salahaddin University. He has hired a lawyer and plans to contest the suspension.

He has already been accused of violating its terms. According to a campus safety report obtained by The College Fix:

"Student ______ stated to me that she looked out the back glass door of the classroom and saw Mr. Polston staring into the room. He briefly stopped then proceeded on his way. Campus safety was immediately notified and responded at 19:36 hours. A search was conducted but Mr. Polston was not found. Ms. Zufari's students were upset and did not feel comfortable being in the class. Ms. Zufari dismissed her class early at 20:07 hours."

Polston, however, was able to supply video evidence that he was at a restaurant 30 minutes away at the time.

Neither Rollins College nor Professor Zufari responded to a request for comment.

A couple points bear emphasis.

First, several conservative news outlets evidently thought the headline here was Professor Says Stuff We Don't Like About Jesus. But Zufari's comments, offensive though they might be to Christians, are hardly the most outrageous aspect of this story. Indeed, a university classroom is a perfect place to have a discussion about an historical figure, especially given that Zufari and Polston both seem to possess a certain level of expertise regarding the intersections of their respective religions, and regarding Middle Eastern history.

That said, it was of course wrong for Zufari to fail Polston on the basis of his disagreement with her, if that is indeed what happened.

The available reporting on the pro-shariah law student's comments leaves much to be desired. It's not completely clear whether he was merely stating the shariah law position on adulterers and gay people, or endorsing it. The reaction from other students—to call the FBI—suggests the latter, but this would not be the first time people overreacted to safety concerns at a university setting.

The purpose of a liberal arts college like Rollins is to teach and promote classically liberal Enlightenment values. Extremist interpretations of shariah law—including calls to violence against gays and adulterers—obviously violate liberal principles. Students who espouse such illiberal views should be challenged by other students, and by their professors. Rollins should not provide intellectual shelter to an Islamic extremist, if that's what's happening here.

Alas, it seems like Rollins has gone the way of so many other campuses. When students, professors, and administrators hear someone say something they don't like, they are more likely to report the speaker to the authorities than engage him or her in a productive dialogue. Everything that offends is a safety risk, or harassment violation. And standing up for the principle of free speech is retaliation. What a mess.

Stay tuned for updates.

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  1. Not a “to be sure” to be seen? Now i feel unsafe.

    1. At least there was a “that said.”

    2. To be sure, this is why I avoided humanities classes loke the plague and stuck to STEM, where bullshit like this is minimal.

      1. WHEN are we gonna talk about “freedom from sexual abuse” for all of the goats in goat-fuckers-infested-lands!?!?!

  2. I’ve never heard of Rollins College until today.

    Note to Rollins College administrators: you know the saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity?” That’s a bunch of bullshit. This is bad publicity.

    But I’m sure your shitty little nothing-burger of a college is a bastion of free inquiry and academic excellence. /sarc

    1. Rollins was great in Black Flag and Rollins Band, but obviously starting a college just got away from him.

      Then again, every educational institution now seems overrun with these SJW idiots, and even the adults are no longer being adults — as this crazy prof obviously demonstrates.

      1. Keith Morris was a vastly superior Black Flag singer.

        1. How about his dancing?

    2. They actually have the best MBA program in the state.

  3. It would appear that the professor is attempting to punish a student for having the gall to challenge her unorthodox viewpoints. Reporting him for publicly castigating a Muslim student stating or even defending Islamic law us just an excuse. That per sceptical on seems to have no business being a teacher.

  4. Way to throw in that subtle jab at the Daily Caller. You keep virtue-signaling

    1. You keep being a conservative Republican.

    2. So the student WAS suspended for disagreeing about the Crucifixion, then?

    3. Way to ferret out the nugget of hate.

      1. Nugget of Hate was my nickname in college.

        1. Nugget of Hate is what I call my penis.

          1. Is that because of the shape?

            1. …and the size, and how the ladies feel towards it.

          2. you said it not us
            bv

    4. I think it’s fair to call out the Daily Caller for taking a story about a Muslim student seemingly endorsing Shariah Law and getting their panties in a bunch over the part where the professor said some icky things about Jesus instead. You’d think they would be all over the Shariah bit, but apparently even the conservative media is afraid to call out a Muslim for implicitly endorsing head chopping.

      1. Sharia may or may not be a political disagreement, but the Jesus thing seems like a more clear cut case of religious discrimination.

      2. There’s no proof of either.
        Since the professor filed a police report and Polston apparently sent a threatening email to either her or the pretty Muslim girl listed in his suspension as a ‘no contact’, the facts will eventually come out one way or another.

      3. But the Jesus stuff was said by a professor (of some kind), a person in a position of authority and a representative of the college. And presumably students in that class, not to mention in all her past in future classes, are required to learn and regurgitate such views. From a political perspective that’s a much bigger deal than what some asshole classmate said about some class topic one time.

        The Daily Caller version was also in chronological order, whereas the above flashes back to the Jesus episode. Timeline:

        1. student debates about Jesus.
        2. students gets failing grade, argues with teacher about it, gets reported the first time.
        3. other student says stuff about sharia
        4. our hero approaches teacher again, new argument
        5. student reported again, suspended this time.

        A lot clearer actually if you read the other article which is pretty succinct…

    5. The Daily Caller epitomizes respectable journalism.

    6. How is it not a fair criticism? You are weirdly obsessed.

      1. Uh, because the story is about a nutty professor and the college which enables her?

        1. How is that a response to what I asked?

      2. She allegedly gave hom a failing grade for publically disagreeing with her unconvential viewpoint. She was in no way seeking a discussion, as she was punishing dissent from her opinion. It says something about her character and her possible motivations for seeking to have him suspended.

        1. The Daily Caller headline is misleading. It implies that the disagreement over Jesus directly preceded the suspension, but it was actually the conversation after the shariah law comments. I agree it’s relevant, and it may have factored into him getting suspended, but it wasn’t the immediate precursor the way it’s portrayed in the headline.

          1. Fair enough.

    7. YOU’RE DOING GREAT WORK HERE, GUY

    8. Does getting your panties in a twist every time a conservative person or group is criticized an example of virtue signaling? Genuinely curious here.

      1. I’m going to say that it is.

        1. You would probably know best Zeb, since you seem to be here to pick a fight with practically every single right-wing-leaning or anti-left-wing statement made here.

      2. Pfff, you’re just virtue signaling by disdaining virtue signaling about virtue signaling.

        1. I feel signaled.

        2. What if I told you that all communication that discloses a value preference as its main goal is virtue signaling?

    9. Especially since it wasn’t even an accurate jab at Daily Caller.

      Soave: “First, several conservative news outlets evidently thought the headline here was Professor Says Stuff We Don’t Like About Jesus.”

      In fact, the headline read, “Muslim Prof Insists Jesus Wasn’t Crucified, Christian Student Suspended After Disagreeing.”

      The emphasis was clearly on the fact that a student was suspended for disagreeing with a professor. There was no outrage at all about the professor’s claim. Neither should there be as the professor just expressed the standard belief of 1 billion plus Muslims about Jesus’s demise.

  5. Turning “I feel unsafe” into a weapon is going really well.

    1. It’s becoming a go-to tool for suppressing positions the wielder doesn’t like.

  6. There’s an update link in the Central Florida Post story — apparently the professor has a past of radical Islamic activity.

  7. He should have claimed he was gay and felt threatened instead.

    1. Pretty sure gays are below Muslims on the progressive victim stack.

      1. and he’s a conservative! that means you multiply the gay by -5.

  8. “Extremist interpretations of shariah law?including calls to violence against gays and adulterers?obviously violate liberal principles.”

    I’m just gonna sit over here and wait for an example of “moderate” shariah law.

    1. They think light misogyny is just fine?

      1. “We’re just going to cut off your ears for being a man and also sporting that FABULOUS Donna Karan gown and bedazzled woven gladiator sandals.”

        1. ok, women can drive. but only while the sun is up.
          no gays though.

          1. Alright, we’ll take the women sunshine drivers and no gays, but men are allowed to have pedophilic relationships with underage boys, because culture. Deal?

            1. but we won’t take the Irish!

            2. But if they are underage boys it doesn’t count as gay because reasons…

    2. This part of the article also gave me pause. I’m curious what an example of moderate Shariah law would be. Like, you only have to cover your hair instead of your entire body?

      1. You can stone gays with pebbles no more than 1 ounce in weight.

        1. Would that make them Fruity Pebbles?

          1. afterwards, yes.

      2. Wouldn’t that entail having to cover your whole body anyway?

    3. Shariah Law is the Muslim equivalent of Jewish Halakah. There are rules in both about stoning people, and there are rules about how to properly kill animals for consumption (kosher, halal). The difference is not in the religions, the difference is in the cultures. It’s pretty much only offshoots of one nomadic desert culture that want to impose Shariah Law on non-Muslims living in non-Muslim countries.

      Most of Shariah Law is moderate. How to prepare meat, divorce proceeding, property inheritance, etc. There are some radical bits, just as there are radical bits in Jewish Halakah. But the problem with Shariah Law has nothing to do with Shariah Law, but that there are people who want to impose it on others against their will.

      1. Nobody should stone gays under any law. If they do, it’s a crappy law and a crappy culture.

      2. Whereas those Muslim gays are totally asking to be murdered.

    4. You know that the Bible and Torah also call for violence against gays and adulterers, right? I would be very surprised if none of the more “moderate” parts of Leviticus made it into the Quran.

      1. That must be why there is the big pile of dead gays outside the church down the street. The Lutherans have ’em stacked up like cordwood.

        1. It’s almost as though EscherEnigma missed the point. Missing the people isn’t actually seems to be a pathology with him.

    5. Under Sharia Law the professor should be stoned to death for being around a male that was not her husband.

      1. 1 Timothy 2:12: I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

        The professor is in trouble no matter whether you’re talking Torah, Bible or Quran.

        1. The first problem with this quote (and your legal reference above) is that almost no one believes those edicts any more. Devote Christians and Jews left those ideas on the dung-heap of history. Sure, you may be able to find a few people who believe such nonsense, but I can find snake handlers, too. The Bible contains a lot of orders from God about how He wanted society built and how He ordered genocide. But that was in the past. So unless a reliable spokesperson from the Almighty comes down from heaven with fresh instructions, the people who try to live that way are outliers — an extreme minority.

          Furthermore, even the outliers don’t impose their rules on others. If Catholics decided to impose cannon law on all others and were threatening violence against apostates, then you’d have a point. But that isn’t happening. What we DO HAVE and what we can clearly see are radical Islamic fundamentalists trying to impose their will on the rest of us. In the process, they don’t appear to see or understand the humanity of others.

          “Middle Eastern humanities class” is a joke. “Middle Eastern Inhumanity” appears to be the predominant view.

          1. So Christians can cherry pick and rationalize, but Muslims can’t?

            Yeah, that sounds likely.

          2. Most of those older passages from the Old Testament (or however those books are referred to) are more reciting history than explicit commandments. A story where John Doe was commanded to kill Bob is not the same as an explicit “Thou Shalt Kill Anyone Named Bob Now And Anytime In The Future”.

    6. There might not be a moderate sharia law, but there could certainly be a moderate interpretation of sharia law. If a lesbian Episcopalian minister can ignore Leviticus 20:13, then you could have a Muslim who ignores the unsavory passages of the Koran and hadiths. I’ve known some secular Muslims, including an openly gay one, who interpreted sharia in a very loosey-goosey way (i.e., “Just be a good person.”) I’ll take more of them. I’ll also take people like Asra Nomani, Zuhdi Jasser, and Raheel Raza.

      I don’t really care how a religious person rationalizes cherry-picking or explaining away his favorite ancient text. I only ask that he do it in a way that conforms with Western ideals. Christians mostly got their act together during the Enlightenment. Islam, which I recognize isn’t monolithic, needs to do the same.

  9. Zufari purportedly asserted that Jesus was never crucified and his followers didn’t believe he was a god. Polston challenged her, and then received a failing grade on an essay.

    Ah yes, the retarded arguments between Christians and Muslims in a class on theology, all too familiar. Less common for it to be between a teacher and student though.

    “My religion says this is true, my sources are all secondary sources based off of religious writings and commentaries designed to reinforce my faith, no I don’t have anything like a primary source, impartial secondaries or archaeological evidence and I shouldn’t have to provide them.”

    This is why I prefer bitter, cynical historians.

    1. Why would the Roman government falsify their records indicating that they crucified some Jew named Jesus I wonder.

      1. Are there records? As far as I know there isn’t a lot of actual historical evidence for Jesus existing as depicted in the Bible (even minus the son of god and miracle parts).

      2. OK, didn’t take long to learn that there is a bit more historical evidence than I thought.

        1. Well there’s Seutonius an Pliny the younger. The latter’s letters to the emperor pretty well refute the Muslim professor’s arguments.

          1. Not really. Pliny was born decades after Jesus is supposed to have died. He’s a reliable source on early Christians, but that’s all. The same is true, Tacitus and Josephus. And the independent historical evidence for the existence of Muhammad isn’t much better. But in the end, it really doesn’t matter–after all, Joseph Smith definitely existed, but that doesn’t make me a Mormon.

      3. Because that’s what governments do?

      4. Evidence? The first writings on Jesus came decades after his death. For there to be no contemporaneous records of the man, particularly in the time of meticulous record-taking Romans, is a little bit…fishy…

  10. “Extremist interpretations of shariah law?including calls to violence against gays and adulterers?obviously violate liberal principles.”

    I’m just gonna sit over here and wait for examples of “moderate” shariah law.

    1. Goddamn squirrels.

      1. comments are terrible today. and yesterday. and last week.

        1. comments are terrible today. and yesterday. and last week.

          FTFY.

  11. First, several conservative news outlets evidently thought the headline here was Professor Says Stuff We Don’t Like About Jesus.

    Thank god you figured out how to demonstrate you’re the reliable sort of libertarian who can work blame for conservatives into any story. I thought this one might be tough.

    I hear WAPO is looking so good timing on your part.

  12. FUCK THIS BULLSHIT. FIX THE COMMENTS.

    1. IT’S GETTING OBNOXIOUS, ISN’T IT?

      1. did my all caps give it away?

    2. ALL CAPS JUSTIFIED IN RESPONSE TO BULLYING AND AGGRESSION FROM THE SQUIRRELZ.

      1. fix them or take them away. I really don’t care at this point. if you can’t make it work, just shut them down.

  13. The purpose of a liberal arts college like Rollins is to teach and promote classically liberal Enlightenment values.

    It’s adorable that you still believe that!

  14. …since her gender is wrong.

    Talk about offensive comments. That statement right there is straight up misogyny.

    1. If her gender is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  15. Just don’t use my tax dollars for the school or any of its students. That’s my only demand. Then, let them sit around and love whatever form of radical nonsense they want. Students should find other schools where actual free speech is encouraged.

  16. But Zufari’s comments, offensive though they might be to Christians…

    WHY IS THE OFFENSIVENESS OF THOSE COMMENTS QUALIFIED BUT THE OFFENSIVENESS OF THE SHARIA LAW COMMENTS OBJECTIVELY UNIVERSAL?

    Actually I don’t really know what I’m bitching about here, I just wanted to point out the general subjectivity of offensive statements.

  17. Ms. Zufari’s students were upset and did not feel comfortable being in the class.

    Doubtful. They didn’t mind the early dismissal, though, because college students don’t appreciate that they’re actually taking on debt to pay for this bullshit.

  18. To be fair, if Zufari actually said “Jesus wasn’t crucified” as an absolute statement, that’s pretty much crankery. The broad consensus of historians is that the guy did exist and was crucified. On the other hand, if she said something like “there are some historians who dispute the Crucifixion and I think they’re right” that’s well within reasonable bounds.

    It sounds to me like she didn’t like this kid “sealioning” her, but I think that’s something you have to put up with if you want to challenge people’s views at a college.

    1. Regardless of its actual historicity, Islam holds that the crucifixion was an illusion, because God would never let His second-favorite prophet get executed like that. In Islamic belief Issa ibn Maryam was taken directly to heaven right before getting nailed up on the cross.

      Muslims are down with the virgin birth, though.

      1. I didn’t realize that was religious dogma. I trust that the party of science is outraged.

      2. It is actually pretty interesting reading. They take an entirely theologically based line of logic – that Jesus could not possibly have died, therefore the executioners failed. They seem to miss the entire point of the Crucifixion:

        For Jesus to die on the cross would have meant the triumph of his executioners; but the Quran asserts that they undoubtedly failed: “Assuredly God will defend those who believe”; (XXII, 49). He confounds the plots of the enemies of Christ (III, 54)

        But the entire point of the Christian version is that even death cannot overcome the power of God and God’s plan – and with it the redemption of sin and sinners.

        A little motivated reasoning would lead one to conclude that Islamic scholars and the authors of the Qur’an lacked faith in the power of God (Allah) to overcome death – and so disbelieved the resurrection story, substituting their own versions – either sham execution or execution of some other person.

  19. This one is spewing hatred at me, de-railing class, and just sent me a hateful email threatening me?

    Seems like there should be evidence in that email of harassment.

    1. He disagreed with her. Isn’t that harassment enough?!

  20. The SJWs will need to decide soon on whose behalf they should be more outraged-LGBT people or Muslims-the two seem to be mutually exclusive so it can’t be both. That said, should they encounter a gay Muslim (I have known at least one such person), what are they to do?

    1. They already decided. The Orlando shooting took care of that.

      1. Didn’t they just decide that the Orlando shooting was not perpetrated by a Muslim, but by a self-loathing homophobe who was not affiliated with any Muslim groups but rather was motivated by hatred of Gays and an affinity for right wing politics?

    2. I had a roommate who was a gay Druze who converted to Islam.

      1. I knew a couple of gay Muslims in college – one was Bosnian, the other Iraqi Kurd. A person might almost start to think that each human being is a discrete individual, with his or her own perceptions, motivations, interpretations, desires, ideas, etc. But that’s just crazy talk.

    3. Is there some law that says they all have to agree?

    4. “The SJWs will need to decide soon on whose behalf they should be more outraged-LGBT people or Muslims-the two seem to be mutually exclusive so it can’t be both.”
      If Christians and Jews can learn to ignore the part of their holy books that calls for my death, Muslims can too.

      And whataya know… in America, the vast majority of all three groups have successfully done so!

      1. But societies and cultures are deiven by the crazy ones who do not agree with the “vast majority”. They drive the conversation and the society, unless they are pretty strongly stamped out. Which we don’t like to do, in the west, in the name of diversity of thought and tolerance. Which is a good thing, for the vast majority of cases.

      2. And I’ve learned to ignore halfwits like you and I feel a lot better for it.

  21. I really would like to hear how the university justified this. Either there’s crucial info not being disclosed, or this is batshit crazy.

    1. #floridaschool

    2. Academia has become a cult for SJWs nowadays, so nobody will speak against anyone, no matter how bad their behavior, so long as it is supporting their anti-western/Christian/male world view. If they dare to speak out, it will suck to be them.

  22. Polston, however, was able to supply video evidence that he was at a restaurant 30 minutes away at the time.

    Obviously this SOB got his twin brother involved in this conspiracy.

    1. I really love how this story just gets worse and worse for the professor. By Grabthar’s hammer, what an asshole.

  23. professor Zufari has a rather checkered history..

    http://www.centralfloridapost……-children/

    and the student has video evidence from a Chipotle’s security camera that he was far far away when the professor claimed he was skulking outside her classroom? oh man she really fucked up.

    1. No, he has a photo of him at the cash register at some take out place on some day or another. And a photo of a car driving out of the parking lot.

  24. I like articles where I get to hate everyone.

  25. There seems to be a lot of holes in this story.

    Shariah Law calls for beheading of gay folk? Well, the Torah and Bible don’t specify method, but they call for killin’ gay folk too. So right from the get-go, this story is missing details/context that would make it make sense. That the suspension also put a “restraining order” on a random different student is weird and unexplained.

    So I don’t know what to make of this story, there’s too much inconsistent weirdness going on. I think I’ll leave it at “I don’t want to go to Florida”.

    1. I’d still rather live in Florida than California if I was forced to pick

  26. Man, these fights among the protected classes (Muslims, Gays, Christians, Women), with the accompanying stack ranking & prioritization, are just delicious, in a schadenfreude sort of way.

    1. Too bad that “people who completely miss the point” aren’t a protected class or you’d be the damned King.

  27. http://frontdoor.valenciacolle…..d=azufari1

    https://z83i.imgup.net/areejzufar09e0.jpg

    The first link is the professors professional page. The second image is what it looked like before she removed the picture on the page. Free country and all, but its not an image that makes me think your a rational good actor.

  28. Rollins is just down the road. Up until now, they’ve enjoyed a rather positive reputation. But if they have whack jobs like the “instructor” depicted in this story (whose forte seems to be NOT holding class) that reputation is about to do down the tubes.

    Sort of sad – but good schools can go bad.

  29. “The purpose of a liberal arts college like Rollins is to teach and promote classically liberal Enlightenment values.”
    And there is a mandatory first year (evidently freshman is no longer allowed) class in the comparative values of the Easter Bunny and The Great Pumpkin.
    The purpose of all “higher” education is to brainwash.
    Abolish all student loans!

  30. It’s a “Muslim Humanities” class according to the linked Central Florida Post article, not “Middle Eastern Humanities”. Huge difference — is this Reason trying to shore up the holes in its position by quietly misrepresenting the facts again?

    We’re only getting one side of the story here, and this guy seems to have been looking to pick a fight from the getgo by trying to proclaim his faith in a class that’s supposed to be about a different one. Mentioning what Sharia law says seems completely appropriate in the context.

    1. ^^^ This is so important, good catch. I really don’t think anyone was deliberately trying to mislead, but it does change the whole premise.

    2. I thought it was Middle Eastern. I’ll have to find that article and go check again. I guess I didn’t read closely enough.

    3. https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/31885/

      “A police report filed by Zufari on March 23 states in part that:

      Zufari teaches Middle East Humanities class for Rollins on Thursday evenings. Zufari has been having problems with a student named Marshall Polston who has disagreed with her teachings. Zufari stated this student has openly disrupted class trying to correct her on her views, and has emailed her and texted her. He has also disagreed with her on a grade he received from her. Zufari stated Polston has not threatened to harm her in any physical manner, but wrote her a lengthy email which concluded that he ‘would hate to get in contact with some national media personalities that I’m good friends with. I’m going to have to take it there or pursue legal options if you don’t stop your harassment towards me.’ Zufari states that Polston has also been suspended for one year from attending University of Florida for being disruptive. She states she is in fear of him and requested to report this. She completed a sworn statement and an extra patrol was placed in briefing for Rollins College and Zufari’s Winter Park residence.”

      1. More here, but I did not see any reference to the class itself.

        http://www.orlandosentinel.com…..story.html

      2. Includes the suspension letter to Polston.

        http://www.centralfloridapost……te-speech/

      3. Yeah, you’re right, her university bio corroborates this.

      4. Here’s a 2013 syllabus – at the very least, the class was “Middle Eastern Humanities” back then.

        http://bit.ly/2nPiqqY

  31. I read this twice looking for what was said between Marshall Polston and the professor, Areeje Zufari. Somewhere in the middle of the second reading it became obvious to me this is a piece of propaganda favoring the conservative student. I never did find out what the conservative student said to either the professor or the female student, but I did find plenty where he claimed to be as pure as Jesus himself. The first two times I read it, the phrase “…according to the student…” didn’t stick out. Then I realized why the conservatives student’s comments that upset the professor and female student were missing. In my opinion the best matching propaganda technique is: Transfer. If you’re interested visit Wikipedia and search for ‘Propaganda Techniques’.

    1. I never did find out what the conservative student said to either the professor or the female student, but I did find plenty where he claimed to be as pure as Jesus himself.

      The professor also claimed that the student sent a threatening email, yet didn’t actually quote anything from said email as proof.

      If you’re going to whine about “propaganda techniques,” you might also want to investigate the phenomenon known as “confirmation bias.”

    2. Nobody knows what was said – the professor hasn’t said, and the student’s suspension didn’t tell him, so people are pretty much guessing. The article might be unclear if you didn’t get that, but I doubt it’s propaganda.

      Here’s what has been reported so far:

      1) The suspension letter doesn’t say what the conduct was, and Professor Zufari hasn’t responded to requests to identify it. So everything after this is people trying to guess what exactly Polston was suspended for.

      2) There was a campus security complaint that Polston stared in the window of the classroom before leaving, but Polston says he has video proof he was somewhere else at the time. College Fix linked to the video, so assuming it’s not fake, that seems like a non-starter.

      3) Polston guesses it was because he said the view that Christ was not crucified is not supported by the historical evidence, and that he complained about another student allegedly advocating for beheadings.

      4) Zufari had a facebook posting where she claimed that an unnamed student was “making my life hell this semester . . . spewing hatred at me, de-railing class, and just sent me a hateful email threatening me” But nobofy knows what the hatred or threats were, or if Zufari was complaining about Polston.

      https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/31853/
      .

  32. I never did find out what the conservative student said to either the professor or the female student, but I did find plenty where he claimed to be as pure as Jesus himself.

    The professor also claimed that the student sent a threatening email, yet didn’t actually quote anything from said email as proof.

    If you’re going to whine about “propaganda techniques,” you might also want to investigate the phenomenon known as “confirmation bias.”

  33. Here’s the kid’s email to the professor. He sounds like a pain to handle, but unless “I’m going to go to the press or my lawyer about my unfair grade” constitutes a suspension-worthy threat, I’m not sure I see it.

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/31885/

  34. When is this story going to be retracted or corrected?

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