Edugist

Africa's Education News Source

Hamline University Withdraws “Islamophobic” Comments, Apologises to Professor who Displayed Prophet Muhammad’s Picture in Class

Get stories like these delivered straight to your inbox.

The management of Hamline University has withdrawn its “Islamophobic” comments against Erika López Prater, a lecturer who got fired for displaying a painting of Prophet Muhammad in her art history class last October.

Hamline’s backpedalling came after Ms Prater sued the school on the grounds of religious discrimination and defamation that has “irreparably harmed” her professional reputation.

“Like all organisations, sometimes we misstep,” said a statement from Ellen Watterschair, chair of the university’s board of trustees, and Fayneese S. Miller, the president.

“In the interest of hearing from and supporting our Muslim students, language was used that does not reflect our sentiments on academic freedom. Based on all that we have learned, we have determined that our usage of the term ‘Islamophobic’ was therefore flawed,” the statement added.

Hamline admitted their respect for students’ religion should not supersede academic freedom.

“It was never our intent to suggest that academic freedom is of lower concern or value than our students — care does not ‘supersede’ academic freedom, the two coexist.”

Last October, Ms Prater had displayed a painting of the holy Prophet Muhammad in her art history class, an action that offended Aram Wedatalla, president of Hamline’s Muslim Student Association, who said she had never seen the prophet’s image in her life until the art class.

“I am 23 years old. I’ve never seen a picture of the prophet, never in my whole entire life, and it breaks my heart that a professor who is supposed to be my role model, show a picture of the prophet with a trigger warning,” Ms Wedateller said.

Source

Share this article

All right reserved. You may not reproduce or republish Edugist content in whole or part without express written permission. Only use the share buttons.

Support Edugist’s goal of giving education a voice

Even a small donation will make a difference.

Related Content

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
WeCreativez WhatsApp Support
Our customer support team is here to answer your questions. Ask us anything!
???? Hi, how can I help?
Scroll to Top

Be the First to Know When we Publish new Contents

“Stay ahead of the educational curve! Subscribe to Edugist’s newsletter for the latest insights, trends, and updates in the world of education. Join our community today and never miss out on valuable content. Sign up now!”