Protests Against the Bigotry of Purdue Professor Maurice Moshe Eisenstein

Professor Maurice Moshe Eisenstein is a tenured associate professor of Political Science at Purdue University Calumet. He is under fire from student protesters for past and present remarks targeting various groups but particularly Muslims.

This is how a local paper described the events:

Nearly two dozen students demonstrated Wednesday outside Purdue University Calumet in protest of a political science professor who they say made racially prejudiced remarks verbally and on his Facebook page, particularly targeting Muslim students.

The student who organized the protests is one Christopher Ramirez. Ramirez believes that prof. Eisenstein purposefully posted inflammatory remarks aimed at Muslims on his Facebook page on the Muslim festival of Eid-Al Adha:

Christopher Ramirez, who organized the protest, pointed to associate professor of political science Maurice Eisenstein’s Facebook page, where he posted a picture and comment Sunday about 100 black Christians who were killed by radical Muslims. Ramirez said the picture and comment were posted on the first day of Eid, a traditional Muslim holiday.

Eisentstein for his part believes he is the victim of a conspiracy by Jew-haters:

They say I teach religion in class. I believe the person who started this is a faculty member, and I believe that many of these are her students. I am the only one who comes in every day with a kippah (a cap) on. I don’t know the answers to your questions. I made myself available. No one spoke to me. They are saying all of these bad things about me, but they wouldn’t talk to me.”

Maurice Eisenstein, who believes he is being targeted because he is an Orthodox Jew.

Actually, it would seem professor that the students are quite right to take umbrage at your Facebook postings. Viewing it today, we captured this screen shot of what we assume is the offending post that has riled up the student protesters:

It is quite condescending for a political science professor to coach his view of the sectarian violence in Nigeria in such black and white terms as “decide if you are with the radical or civilized people,” clearly he is generalizing about Islam and Muslims, and casting them in the “radical” and hence “uncivilized” camp. Students who saw this posting and read it in the context of the professor’s past statements can be excused for thinking he meant to tar all Muslims.

Yet, what we found even more egregious and definitely inexcusable is the link the professor posted just a few scrolls down on his Facebook page. It is a link to the hate site run by the fanatical queen bee of Islamophobia, Pamela Geller’s AtlasShrugs:

This is inexcusable. Pamela Geller is not only a radical anti-Muslim but a racist to boot, if you don’t believe us (there’s ample evidence to believe us), then maybe you will take the word of the ADL and the SPLC. Such a link cannot be a mere faux pas, it’s akin to linking to the neo-Nazi Stormfront website, and the administration at Purdue University Calumet should take a stronger stand than it has:

“Purdue Calumet by its nature as a public university welcomes and encourages the exchange of thoughtful and diverse views and opinions. Likewise, the university does not condone expressions that are considered offensive, intolerant or disrespectful.

“That stated, certain, recent unpleasant comments exchanged between Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Eisenstein and others have been communicated on the Professor’s personal Facebook page. In no way do these comments reflect the university’s position and commitment to tolerance and respect with regard to the right of free expression by all individuals.

“Nonetheless, though Professor Eisenstein is a tenured faculty member, tenure has no bearing on the nature of free expression, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, that Purdue Calumet faculty members choose to exercise on their personal Facebook page. Neither are there Purdue Calumet policies and regulations that extend to personal Facebook pages.”

Such mealy mouthed pronouncements from the administration do nothing to help. Loonwatchers should let them know that they should review the professor’s treatment of his students, not only due to the protests but also the troubling links the professor maintains. Ask them if they would be okay with a professor linking to neo-Nazi websites? And then inform them of the disgusting, bigoted, racist, genocidal comments Geller has made, as well as her associations.

Here is the contact page for the University:

Contact

Purdue University Calumet
Office of University Relations
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094

Phone:
219/989-2400
1-800 HI-PURDUE, x.2400
Locally within Indiana & Illinois

E-mail:
univrel@calumet.purdue.edu

Contact the professor as well:

219) 989-2688
Office: CLO 294
email: m_eisens@purduecal.edu

B.Sc. Purdue University,
M.A. Purdue University,
Ph.D. (1993) Purdue University

Video of the Student protest:

9 thoughts on “Protests Against the Bigotry of Purdue Professor Maurice Moshe Eisenstein

  1. Thank you for the article and the link. It was educational.

    What do you think about the dead police inspector in the underlying AP story, the one who was killed by Boko Haram (Western Education is a Sin) while on his way to mosque to pray with his family? What side was he on? And how do you characterize the side of his killers?

    • Boko Haram has been condemned by the Nigerian Muslim community. The Sultan of Sokoto, the leader of Nigeria’s Muslims, has condemned the group. You can look this up, if you like.

  2. Why don’t we just look at the facts about those people who were slaughtered and who did the killing of whole villages and families.

    I find it very disturbing that no one in any Religious Community has defended those people who were slaughtered or even tried to find out the truth….and if it were Islamic Killers who killed in the name of Mohammad…Why is it nobody wants to even believe that this is happening?…Islam has in their own history people who killed others in the name of Islam and Mohammad…these are facts…not rumors….they have laws that even promote such acts…I don’t think that most muslim people would want to see anyone killed…but, what I don’t understand is the irresponsible complacency and denial of historical facts and current jihads that are happening all over the world….and it is a historical fact that all nations have killed other nations for profit or resources…

    • “Why don’t we just look at the facts about those people who were slaughtered and who did the killing of whole villages and families.”

      People of all sorts of religions, races, and creeds have done this in the past for religious and non-religious reasons. Non-Muslims such as Hitler, Jim Jones, and Pope Urban II have done the killing of “whole villages and families”.

      “I find it very disturbing that no one in any Religious Community has defended those people who were slaughtered or even tried to find out the truth….and if it were Islamic Killers who killed in the name of Mohammad…Why is it nobody wants to even believe that this is happening?…Islam has in their own history people who killed others in the name of Islam and Mohammad…these are facts…not rumors….they have laws that even promote such acts…I don’t think that most muslim people would want to see anyone killed…but, what I don’t understand is the irresponsible complacency and denial of historical facts and current jihads that are happening all over the world….and it is a historical fact that all nations have killed other nations for profit or resources…”

      Most of the current “jihads” happening around the world stem from Western nations interfering with the policies of Muslim countries over the last 100 years. This is well document. There are numerous examples: Britain occupying Palestine in order to create Israel, the CIA overthrowing Iran’s democratic government and instating a dictator, the U.S. supporting Saddam Hussein, the U.S. arming and training Afghan natives who would later become the Taliban, etc. We acknowledge that this is happening, and we have condemned it time and time again. There is a massive list of Muslims who have condemned terrorism at The American Muslim blog. What we dislike is the fact that some people, such as Dr. Eisenstien, make it seem that a) all/most Muslims are violent b) Islam is a violent religion, more violent than any other c) This violence is unique to Islam/Muslims and people of other faiths and ideologies do not do this. The fact is that this isn’t true and there are many well-documented examples of non-Muslims doing the same (such as those I mentioned above).

  3. I support Dr. Maurice M. Eisenstein’s right no express his private opinions on Facebook.

    His negative views on Islam seem well founded in reality, and do not necessarily translate to hatred of the individuals afflicted by Islam.

  4. The Eisensteins’ go farther then just posting opinions on their facebook, they personally attack students who disagree with them on facebook. Their bigotry must go.

  5. All professor Eisenstein did was to call a spade a spade, no more no less. His assertions are perfectly right, but that’s something you’ll never understand. You prefer to cover him with anti-Semitic slurs.

    • “All professor Eisenstein did was to call a spade a spade, no more no less”

      All professor Eisenstien did was to make false, degrading comments about Islam and all Muslims, no more no less.

      “His assertions are perfectly right, but that’s something you’ll never understand.”

      His assertions are perfectly false, have been refuted numerous times on this site, but that’s something you’ll never understand.

      “You prefer to cover him with anti-Semitic slurs.”

      We never “[covered] him with anti-Semitic slurs”. We never criticized him for being a Jew and we never made degrading comments about Jews. You prefer to agree with his Islamophobic slurs.

  6. “I support Dr. Maurice M. Eisenstien’s right to express his private opinions on Facebook.”

    Really now? Suppose a Muslim professor started talking trash about Jews on Facebook. Would you support his right to freedom of speech?

    “His negative views on Islam seem well founded in reality”

    False.

    ” and do not necessarily translate to hatred of the individuals afflicted by Islam.”

    Wrong again. He once said “The only good thing about Muslims is their food.”

    Have you bothered to read the other articles about him? Or have you just been tuning everything out. Listen up Viiit: Anyone, regardless of race, religion, or creed can be a bigot and anyone can also be a victim. In this case Dr. Eisenstien is the bigot and Muslims are the victims.

    According to Loon Logic, such as that of Robert “F*ckislam” Spencer and Pamela “Soup Jihad!” Geller, if one Muslim makes bigoted statements, all/most Muslims must condemn him, or else all/most Muslims are terrorists and Islam is a terrorist religion. If we used their standards, all Jews must condemn Dr. Eisenstien or else all Jews are terrorists and Judaism is a terrorist religion. But we aren’t idiots like them, so we act better than them.

    Try to get this through your head, Viiit.

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