Christian Student Reports Professor for Distorting Gospel, Gets Suspended
Staff Reporter, MCN
April 15, 2017
After a confrontation with a Muslim professor’s claim that Jesus’ crucifixion never took place, a Rollins College student was suspended for confronting the professor over the teacher’s comments. Marshall Polston, is a sophomore at Rollins, a private 4-year institution.
“Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine… that he was ‘God,’” Polston told the Central Florida Post, adding, “Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence.”
Areej Zufari, professor of the Middle Eastern Humanities class, gave Polston a 52/100 on an essay shortly thereafter and reported his comments on Christ to the campus dean. Even after all this, Zufari held a class discussion on Sharia Law where “a male Muslim student said gays and adulterers should be beheaded under Sharia Law,” as reported by the Will Nardi, host of The American Standard.
“I spoke out to the professor about the grade and subsequently the decapitation comments made by the student,” Polston told The College Fix in a report on the suspension, “The statement by the conservative Muslim student met such fear by some that one of the students reported it to the FBI. Later, I was reported by the professor to the dean of campus safety. The situation was surreal. We’ve already had one too many attacks in Orlando and as an avid traveler I realized this was the perfect example of ‘see something, say something.’”
Polston was later cleared of any wrong doing, including the revocation of a restraining order filed by the school on behalf of the professor. Polston’s attorney, in a press release on March 30, 2017, said, “A student’s freedom of speech and expression are the cornerstones of liberty in a free society. ‘Teachers and students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate, and to gain maturity and understanding; otherwise our civilization will stagnate and die.’ Sweezy v. New Hampshire, 354 U.S. 234, 250 (1957).