Academic Pay to Play: Radical Islamists Fund One of Their Own in Ontario
Ingrid Mattson's appointment to the new chair in Islamic studies at Ontario's Huron University College--and the radical Muslim organizations who supported the establishment of the chair--offer a textbook example of the pernicious influence Islamist groups can play in higher education. Campus Watch director Winfield Myers critiques this process in an article published yesterday at American Thinker, "Academic Pay to Play: Radical Islamists Fund One of Their Own in Ontario":
Huron University College (HUC) in Ontario announced Friday morning the appointment of Ingrid Mattson, a professor at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), as the first London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at its Faculty of Theology.
The move validates widespread concern, as revealed in this Campus Watch article by Canadian journalist Barbara Kay and a letter from concerned faculty and friends at HUC, both published in May, that the support of several Islamist groups in funding the chair would lead to the appointment of a radical Islamist as the first holder. In Ingrid Mattson, the funders' wishes have been fulfilled.
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Cross-posted from the Campus Watch blog.