Islamic Group Calls for 'Disciplinary Action' Against Michigan Professor

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

( - The Michigan chapter of a U.S. Islamic advocacy group Monday called for disciplinary action against a Michigan State University professor, who allegedly sent an Islamophobic e-mail to Muslim students.

The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said engineering professor Indrek Wichman should face "appropriate disciplinary action" for sending a "Dear Moslem Association" message to the school's Muslim Students' Association with a list of charges, including a claim that Muslims rape "Scandinavain (sic) girls and women."

"It is unconscionable for a professor to use his university e- mail account to foster a hostile learning environment for Muslim students," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid in a statement.

"The university needs to take appropriate disciplinary action in this case to demonstrate through its actions that anti-Muslim bigotry will not be tolerated on campus," Walid added.

According to CAIR, the email, dated Feb. 28, 2006, stated: "I counsul (sic) you dissatisfied, agressive (sic), brutal, and uncivilized slave- trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile 'protests.'

"If you do not like the values of the West -- see the 1st Ammendment (sic) -- you are free to leave. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option. Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans," the email stated.

CAIR has met several times with university officials urging appropriate action in the case and to address the religious and racial tensions on campus, the group said in a press release. The university is reportedly considering a response to Muslim student concerns.

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