Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Monday, October 17, 2011

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.