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Wed Jan 11 15:40:34
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A Minnesota adjunct professor was fired after showing students a painting of the Prophet Muhammad in her class.

Erika López Prater, 42, was let go from her position at Hamline University in Saint Paul despite warning students ahead of time about the 14th-century imagery.

A new report from the New York Times indicates the professor was fired by Hamline University President Fayneese Miller for putting academic freedom over the respect of Muslim students.

Many practicing Muslims do not believe in looking at pictures of the Prophet Muhammad as they believe it may lead to worshipping an image.

In a letter sent out to students, Miller apologized for the incident and said not offending the school's Muslim students is incredibly important.

'It is not our intent to place blame; rather, it is our intent to note that in the classroom incident—where an image forbidden for Muslims to look upon was projected on a screen and left for many minutes—respect for the observant Muslim students in that classroom should have superseded academic freedom,' Miller said.

The report from the New York Times stated the syllabus issued by the lecturer notified students they would see holy figures across religions, including the Prophet Muhammad and the Buddha.

Additionally, López Prater allegedly gave students a heads up moments before the painting was shown, giving them another chance to leave the room if they didn't feel comfortable looking at the picture.

Again, no students brought any concerns or exited the classroom during the October lecture.

Despite the warnings, senior Aram Wedatalla, a Muslim in the class, said she was blindsided by the image.

'I'm like, "This can't be real,"' said Wedatalla in an interview with the school's newspaper.

'As a Muslim and a Black person, I don't feel like I belong, and I don't think I'll ever belong in a community where they don't value me as a member, and they don't show the same respect that I show them,' the student said.

Wedatalla, a member of the Muslim Student Association, then gained support from Muslim students who were not in the class but called the incident an attack on their religion.

After the class ended, Wedatalla stuck around to speak with López Prater.

The conversation prompted the professor to sent an email to her department head, Allison Baker, to give her a heads up about the situation.

Baker, the chair of the digital and studio art department, responded by saying: 'It sounded like you did everything right.'

'I believe in academic freedom so you have my support,' Baker wrote.

The group demanded officials take action and the movement led to López Prater, a first time adjunct, not being welcomed back for the spring semester.

Deangela Huddleston, a Hamline senior and Muslim Student Association member, said of the incident: 'Hamline teaches us it doesn’t matter the intent, the impact is what matters.'

A spokesperson for Hamline said López Prate 'received an appointment letter for the fall semester, and taught the course until the end of the term.'

DailyMail.com reached out to officials at Hamline University for a statement on the professor's firing but did not receive a reply by the time of publication.

At a town hall following the incident, an invited Muslim speaker 'compared showing the images to teaching that Hitler was good' according to the New York Times.

The university president also said in her letter that while academic freedom 'is very important' it should 'not have to come at the expense of care and decency toward others.

In a statement to one outlet last week, a school representative said they strive to make all students 'feel safe, supported, and respected both in and out of our classrooms.'

The firing also sparked backlash from those who believed the firing was an attack on academic freedom.

One Islamic art historian penned an essay defending Dr. López Prater and started a petition which received thousands of signatures demanding the university's board investigate the incident.

Another organization, PEN America, called her firing: 'one of the most egregious violations of academic freedom in recent memory.'

According to AboutIslam.net, the practice of avoiding the images goes back centuries and stems from the fear of the images sending the wrong message.

'In Islam there has always been a prohibition on making images of God and His Prophets,' the website states.

'At the start, this prohibition was quite simply to avoid the temptation of worshiping the images themselves, as people had done for centuries,' the site continues.

'As far as depicting the Prophet is concerned, Muslims don't make pictures or statues of Prophet Muhammad for a clear reason. The reason is not that images or art are wicked or evil, but that images can lead to a wrong understanding.'

The author of the post, Idris Tawfiq, states that depicting the Prophet Muhammad may make him seem like a holier figure, when he was just a man.

'Prophet Muhammad was a man. He was not a saint or a god, but a simple man. The love in which he is held by Muslims is intense. Creating statues and pictures of that man can lead people to see in a man something more than he was,' Tawfiq writes.
Wed Jan 11 16:13:23

That university president needs to be beheaded ... I mean deported ... I mean removed.

If you can't handle freedom then stay in your backward ass shitholes until we nuke you properly.

Wed Jan 11 16:54:17
It is pretty weird how the radical left can mock Christianity in anyway they choose while making sure not to upset the religion that has outlawed the bulk of the liberal belief system. I genuinely can't fathom the level of delusion needed for someone to support this philosophy.
Wed Jan 11 18:55:21
This just might be the one story where *everyone* on UP can agree. Hamline University is a garbage institution and it should be condemned by everyone.
Wed Jan 11 20:54:03
South Park ideology: everyone is subject to criticism or jokes, or no one is.

And being a university just amplifies that.
Wed Jan 11 21:57:32
Lol these fucking Muslims know how to play the liberal mindset like a fucking fiddle. This teacher literally said she was gonna show a painting of Muhammad because she is teaching an art class and told any student could leave if they didn't wanna see the painting... but the Muslim club president stayed in the room so she could be a cunt and get a scalp and cred for whatever future she thinks she will have in a religion that would sooner keep her locked inside the house of a preselected husband than allow her attend college. But hey, fuck it. This is why higher education in the liberal arts is a total joke.
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