Feb 28 2014
They tried to get this popular professor, Jonathan Matusitz, a native of Belgium, fired for his views, but failed. Now they are slandering him in an attempt to get another Florida university to disinvite him as a speaker.
The Council on anti-American-Islamic Relations has asked Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to call off an event featuring UCF Professor Jonathan Matusitz that is scheduled for next week.
The group sent a letter today to Embry-Riddle’s president urging him to withdraw the invitation to have Matusitz speak about a book he wrote on terrorism. Matusitz, an associate professor at University of Central Florida, has been accused by CAIR of promoting anti-Muslim bigotry.
“We were shocked to learn that Dr. Matusitz would be a part of Embry-Riddle’s 2014 President’s Speaker Series …,” wrote Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the council’s Florida chapter. “Dr. Matusitz has an extensive history of vilifying Islam and Muslims.”
A spokesman for Embry-Riddle said the university has invited Shibly and other members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to participate in the event as audience members. (Big mistake)
On March 6 at 7 p.m., Matusitz will be interviewed about his book by Special Assistant to the President Marc Bernier, said spokesman James Roddey. The C-SPAN cable television network will be covering the event. Matusitz, who could not be immediately reached for comment, will be signing copies of his book afterward.
The talk will be held in the Gale Lemerand Auditorium on the Daytona Beach campus. Roddey said the public can participate in the discussion.