What would happen if some university offered to pay its faculty to attend an “overcoming political correctness” workshop? Liberals would probably have a hissy fit over such a suggestion. Some would argue that the two things are different. They would be right. Political correctness is real. Islamophobia isn’t.
The whole issue is academic (no pun intended!) anyway because there is no political correctness workshop, but there is one devoted to combating Islamophobia. It’s called “Overcoming Islamophobia: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture,” and it will be hosted by Alverno College in August.
Any members of the faculty of Marquette University in Wisconsin who attend can so do so on the school’s dime. The university will cover the $30 registration fee and even pick up the tab for lunch at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee. Better yet, attends who submit a written assignment will receive graduate credit.
The event is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, and the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.
“Many recent polls have shown an upsurge of hate crimes against Muslims and Muslim institutions since the beginning of the presidential campaign, and again after the president took office and launched (now three) variations of the Muslim ban that he promised on the campaign trail,” Janan Najeeb, president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
One assumes Najeeb’s “upsurge of hate crimes” reference can be traced to a report released by the redoubtable Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is the chief fabulist in the wholly fictitious war on Islam in the U.S. The report, which claims 451 bias incidents, makes no allowance for hoaxes, despite their prevalence even during the Obama years. In addition the most common incident cited is harassment, which CAIR defines as a non-violent or non-threatening.
Becoming victims of bullying due to religion and national origin is becoming a common experience for Muslim students. Educators need to be aware of blatant bullying as well as subtle ways in which students are made to feel marginalized, and how to have zero tolerance for this.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the other event co-sponsors for comment but received none in time for publication.
This report, by Rob Shimshock, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.