Controversy Over Comments of College Instructor: Free Speech or Hate Speech?

November 26, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 26, 2001, The Los Angeles Times reported "Results of an independent probe into allegations that an Orange Coast College instructor vilified his Muslim students are expected to be released this week, with findings certain to draw intense scrutiny nationwide from Islamic groups and watchdogs for academic freedom." The instructor is accused of making pointed statements to Muslim students. The article reported that these students "want to see him disciplined, if not fired, saying he accused [them] of being 'terrorists,' 'Nazis' and 'Murderers.'" Tapes made of the lecture may cast doubt on these accusations; others have argued that this case raises questions of academic freedom.