Purdue University-Calumet has cleared a professor of discrimination and harassment charges filed against him after he used his Facebook page to harshly criticize Muslims and to publish comments many regarded as blasphemous, the Journal and Courier reported. The campus’s Muslim Student Association, faculty members, and students had brought a total of nine discrimination charges against Maurice M. Eisenstein, an associate professor of political science, after he posted the controversial comments in November.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free-speech advocacy group, had come to his defense and argued in a letter to the campus’s chancellor, Thomas L. Keon, that Mr. Eisenstein’s speech was protected and that many of the charges brought against him were overly vague or based on events in the past. One of Mr. Eisenstein’s Facebook postings, in response to the killing of Christians in Nigeria by a radical Muslim group, included an assertion that Muslims “are still looking at the earth as flat” and a remark insulting Muhammad and cursing his name, according to a section of FIRE’s letter summarizing his case.
The campus’s Muslim Students Association is considering an appeal of the university’s decision, based on its view that Mr. Eisenstein has created an intimidating environment for Muslim students, the Journal and Courier said.