Attacks on Muslim class speaker unnecessary
Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:01
Still, Caton seems to believe that Muslims solely come in the radical variety. He may be equating the Islamic community as a whole with certain violent Muslim individuals such as Sami Osmakac, who was arrested Monday and charged with plotting to attack Tampa locations with bombs and other weapons.
Yet, according to the Associated Press, Shibly was among those disturbed by Osmakac's beliefs, and told concerned members of the Muslim community to immediately notify the police about him.
This makes Caton's comments even more offensive. Shibly is not just far from a radical Muslim, but he actually aided in bringing a legitimate violent radical to the authorities' attention.
Every belief will have a few radical followers. Nonetheless, religion has shaped the world into what it is today, and a history teacher would not be doing their job if they did not expose others to those lessons. Education thrives on diversity, and individuals such as Caton and the FFA cannot bully others into one sole belief.