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Islam in America’s Universities

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Published on: October 9, 2019

Islam has also fully invaded many Christian colleges, universities and seminaries with school religious departments hiring Muslims to teach vulnerable and gullible students the validity of Islam as a world belief system.  Or, they have Christian professors teaching courses on Islam and its validity and similarity to Christianity.

A case in point (there are many that could be cited) is Robert F. Shedinger, Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  In 2009, Shedinger published a book with provocative title, Was Jesus a Muslim?: Questioning Categories in the Study of Religion.  I confess that I have not read his book, but I watched a YouTube interview he gave on his book.  In the interview, Shedinger said he was challenged by a Muslim student on his understanding of Islam.  After much research, he answered his own question (the title of the book) and concluded that, indeed, “Yes, even as a Christian, I have to say yes to that.”  He further concluded, Islam is not a religion but a “social justice movement and that was what Jesus was all about.”  So, according to Shedinger, Jesus was a Muslim in the sense of being a social justice warrior just like Muhammad.  For Shedinger, Jesus was all about social justice, not about preaching a Gospel of repentance and salvation, something that Muhammad knew nothing about and, in fact, preached the dead opposite.  No wonder Lutherans are all in on interfaith dialogue with Muslims.  Shedinger’s whole purpose is to find ways for Muslims and Christians to ignore their theological differences and unite on purely social justice issues—issues which Muslims and Bible-believing Christians are diametrically opposed.

In 2015, Professor Shedinger followed up this effort with another offensive title, Jesus and Jihad: Reclaiming the Prophetic Heart of Christianity and Islam.  No, I have not read this book either, but here is what the promotion for it says, in part, on Amazon:

When rescued from his Christian pietistic misinterpretations, Jesus emerges as a highly prophetic figure of resistance to the injustices authorized by Roman imperial power. As Muslims reengage an authentic understanding of jihad, and Christians, through a renewed understanding of jihad, meet the prophetic Jesus from whom they have become estranged, a new era of Christian-Muslim cooperation in the struggle against injustice can become the norm, replacing the current antipathy dividing these communities with a passion to reclaim once again a prophetic heart in service to a hurting world. “”Shedinger is at it again, making high-order conceptual mischief for the sake of interreligious wisdom. In this gem of a book, he brilliantly argues that Jesus was a jihadi. Shedinger makes this provocative claim because he wants Christians to learn that ‘jihad’ is spiritual and social struggle against every form of injustice. Shedinger shows that Christians desperately need this Muslim wisdom in order to be truly Christian. A must-read!”” –John J. Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions, Union Theological Seminary.

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Notably, this book has received one 5-star rating—from a Muslim.

So, not only was Jesus a social justice warrior, but he was a jihadi in the image of Muhammad.  Good grief!  Such heresy!  No wonder university students are confused and being turned into social justice druggies with not concept or understanding of true Christianity or true Islam.  One must read Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity to get the accurate and Biblical view of Christianity and Islam; Jesus and Muhammad and Islam’s true view and understanding of jihad.

Across the United States Islamic research institutes, funded by the royal family of Saudi Arabia have crept into such prestigious American institutions of higher learning as American University in Washington, D.C., Duke University, Howard University, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Syracuse University and many other institutions of higher learning. To demonstrate their infinite capacity for compassion toward the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Saudis shortly thereafter pledged one billion U.S. dollars—not for the victims of the attacks, but—to evangelize American college campuses and prisons in order to gain more terrorist converts to their radical brand of Wahhabi Islam. Establishment of such institutes and mosques is much more widespread across Europe where Islam is rapidly gaining a solid foothold.

The degree and ease with which Islam has crept into America’s primary and secondary school systems in the early 21st century is scary and mind-blowing.  It has been facilitated by ignorant and clueless staff, administrators, school boards, boards of trustees and mostly ignored by parents and communities.  The rapid surge has been largely funded and implemented by the Arab kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which possess two of the most radical forms of Islam.

In the past few years, as reported by Foreign Schools Gift and Contracts Report (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/data-center/school/foreign-gifts), from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018 a large number of American universities received hundreds of millions in donations and “contract” monies from Muslim countries—mostly Arab countries and mainly Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  While the largest portion of the monies received is designated as “contracts,” presumably for tuition and fees for foreign Muslim students, there were also millions designated as “gifts” and research.

For instance, the University of Arkansas, in a four year period, from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2017, took in $49.648 million from just three Muslim countries, Iraq, Kurdistan and Saudi Arabia.  Over $40 million came from the Republic of Iraq, Higher Committee.  Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland, from January 30, 2012 to June 1, 2018, received almost $64 million from over 20 Muslim countries—all of it designated as “monetary gifts.”  George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia received $64.875 million noted as “contracts” from January 23, 2012 to July 31, 2017.  The great majority came from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.

The Associated Press, in analyzing the data, determined that at least $354 million went to 37 American institutions of higher learning from the Saudi Arabia alone—government or its controlled institutions—since 2011.  Most of the money was for Saudi students attending various schools.  Another $114 million was not accounted for as a result of some schools not disclosing the specific source of Saudi Arabian funding.  This included $40 million to Johns Hopkins University and $28 million to Harvard University.

As reported in The Daily Caller on October 31, 2018, during the period of 2011-2016, Georgetown University (a Jesuit school) received almost $400 million from 18 foreign countries.  However, 86.3 percent or $344-plus million came from five Muslim countries, of which Qatar was the largest contributor with $332.8 million.

In another attempt to control the campus narrative on Islam, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA) or MSA National was established by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1963 on the campus of the University of Illinois.  The MSA is essentially a sect of the radical Wahhabi brand of Islam of Saudi Arabia and is heavily supported by the Saudis.  As of 2018, there were an estimated 600 U.S. campus chapters of MSA..

In the opinion of Alex Alexiev, of the Center for Security Policy, “The Saudis over the years set up a number of large front organizations, such as the Al Haramain Foundation, the Muslim World League, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, and a great number of Islamic ‘charities.’

“MSA National was the precursor of ISNA [the Islamic Society of North America], ICNA [the Islamic Circle of North America], MAYA [the Muslim Arab Youth Association], IMA [the Islamic Medical Association of North America], AMSS [the Association of Muslim Social Scientists], AMSE [the Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers], MYNA [Muslim Youth of North America], Islamic Book Service, and the North American Islamic Trust.”

“The majority of Muslim Student Associations at U.S. colleges are dominated by Islamist and anti-American agendas, as are most of the numerous Islamic centers and schools financed by the Saudis. Intolerance and outright rejection of American values and democratic ideals are often taught also in the growing number of Deobandi schools that are frequently subsidized by the Saudis.”

Islamophobia—for University Credit.  In a publication called, Higher Education Today, one of the two authors who was a “higher education administrator,” shared a distasteful experience she had with the parent of a prospective student.  She classified it as an “Islamophobic” incident.  She and her co-author went on to write: 

Muslim Americans and international Muslim students on campuses around the country experience blatant Islamophobia and microaggressions in many forms. Research shows microaggressions include stares in public, feelings of alienation and assumptions of religious homogeneity. Unfortunately, such experiences are often a reflection of the negative attitudes toward Muslims held by a significant portion of society. 

No doubt her experience was distasteful, inappropriate and hurtful, but in no way did it represent “a significant portion of society.”  Accusations of Islamophobia has become the new catchphrase for everything distasteful or assumed to be negative about Muslims.  It has become what anti-Semitism has been for the Jews.  There are, indeed, way too many people, who are small-minded and hateful, that take out their frustrations on others they perceive to be offended by, but that is the exception in America, not the rule.  America and Americans are still among the most accepting, generous and compassionate people, often going the second and third mile to be kind or help someone in need.

In going to, what would appear to be the extreme on the issue of Islamophobia, prestigious Georgetown University has established a whole curriculum around the subject.  It is, of course, supported with a generous donation of $20 million from the Saudi royal family to the school’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU), houses the “Bridge Initiative” and the “research project” on “the problem of Islamophobia.”

It is surprising, that among higher academics, no one seems to have discovered that Islam is not a race.  Islam is an ideology made up of people from many ethnic and racial backgrounds.  Some of the “key terms” listed in the Syllabus that are presumably catch words or offensive, include: Anti-Muslim Racism, Capitalism, Colonialism, Countering Violent Extremism, Empire, Gender Violence, Gender, Homonationalism, Islamophobia, Patriot Act and a host of other words or phrases.  The Syllabus is too lengthy to review here, but the reader is encouraged to visit the website linked to this reference.

I will close with this absurdity.  Todd Starnes, of Fox News, reported in March, 2018, that to sneeze in the library of Simmons College in Boston, and someone says, “God bless you” it could be considered an “Islamophobic microaggression.”

In 2017, a sophomore student, Marshall Polston, at Rollins College in Florida was suspended because he challenged his Muslim professor who asserted that the crucifixion of Jesus never happened.

“Our university should be a place where free-speech flashes and ideas can be spoken of without punishment or fear of retribution,” Polston stated.

The Muslim professor claimed that she felt threatened by Polston’s comments, and without due process, he was disciplined by the school.

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