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Islamic Sensitivity Training -- a required course at Ohio State

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Submitted by Joseph Martin (United States), Nov 16, 2004 at 21:54

Meanwhile, here at home the idiocy continues. Notice that ALL OF THE FUNDING for this course -- which ALL FRESHMEN ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE -- goes to Islamic Charities, specifically to Palestinian families! Now that Sami Al Arrian is in jail, Ohio State University steps up to take his place.

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Monday, November 01, 2004
University Implements Mandatory Islamic Sensitivity Training
(2004-11-01) -- Columbus, OH -- In a move widely applauded by academics across the nation, Ohio State University has introduced a new class for incoming freshman beginning 2005. Dean of Students Barry L. Lundquist unveiled a new course outline for Islamic Sensitivity training that all students will be required to complete their freshman year. Dr. Lundquist indicated that the university had been working on the project for quite some time and felt that introducing it now would help "send a message of conciliation and sensitivity to the greater Islamic world."

Columbus has long been the center of controversy whether the issue has been regarding gay rights or legalized gambling. Karen Sanchez-Murphy, The Sensitivity Director who heads the Islamic Training Project stated "The University is located in Columbus. The very name of the city is racist, ethnist and homophobic. This is simply the first step in correcting past wrongs."

Students seem genuinely excited about the move especially given the fact that all tuition from the course will be donated to Islamic charities. University of Ohio Finance Director Ismael Murrah stated the desperate need that many Florida Islamic charities have for additional funding. "Representatives from charities in Southern Florida worked jointly with our institution to find a way that both sides could benefit. They helped put together the curriculum and we provide the funds. Next year, because of the university's policies, hundreds of families in the west bank will be receiving about $25,000 per family."
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