In a bizarre twist of fate, Nicholas Damask, an Arizona college professor came under heat from his own school last month, had a lawsuit filed against him and his college, and then received death threats against himself and his family for teaching material that was thought by some as condemning Islam.
The Arizona Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit, asking that Scottsdale Community College (SCC) and professor Nicholas Damask, Chairman of the Department of Political Science at SCC, stop teaching the materials in question until they “do not have the primary effect of disapproving of Islam.” According to the lawsuit, Damask repeatedly condemned Islam as a religion that definitively teaches terrorism.
One of Damask’s students, Mohamed Sabra, posted three quiz questions from a world politics class, which featured classes on Islamic terrorism, to social media last month. That set off hundreds of posts criticizing the school online — many were from people who were not students of the school. Initiating a knee-jerk response, the college’s interim President, Christina Haines, then apologized for the “inaccurate” and “inappropriate” questions.
The three questions that Sabra posted to social media were: