Lincoln University professor in hot water over online comments
● By J. Chambless
Lincoln University professor Kaukab Siddique (left) congratulates Robert Solano, who champions anti-Israel sentiments.
By John Chambless
Controversy swirling around online comments made by an English professor at The Lincoln University has prompted the school to back away from tenured associate professor Kaukab Siddique.
The Associated Press picked up on Siddique's comments in a July 23 story, reporting that, “He asked on Facebook this month whether Bill Cosby’s accusers took so long to come forward because 'many women are sluts.' Another recent post attributed the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision to 'Obama’s homo uprising.' A third post referred to 'dirty Jewish Zionist White Supremacist thugs.'”
The Associated Press said that the university had publicly condemned the remarks, saying in a statement that they are “an insult to women and other groups singled out.”
But that hasn't stopped Siddique, 72, whose Facebook page is a litany of anti-Israel and anti-police internet memes, including submissions from his Facebook friend Robert Solano of Brownsville, Texas, whose own Facebook page is an online attack on Israel. In one photo on Siddique's page, he is shown shaking hands with Solano, who is getting an award. On the bulletin board behind them are flyers reading, “Unite Against Zionism.”
Siddique, who studied at the University of Karachi in Pakistan and now lives in Baltimore, drew fire in 2010 for publicly denying the Holocaust. This latest wave of controversy has grown out of his uncompromising stance on issues such as Bill Cosby's female accusers. In a July 8 Facebook post, Siddique wrote, “The info about Cosby is not very surprising. Most non-Muslims behave like he did and he also had lots of money. Date rape is common in American universities as the stats show. It's commonplace in show business. What I can't understand is why it took so long for the violated women to come out against him. Was it: 1. He paid them off; 2. Many women are sluts; 3. American women are slaves of rich men; 4. Random sex is quite acceptable in America; 5. They don't have families like Muslims do who would take revenge for rape.”
In a July 22 interview with The Daily Beast, an online news source, Siddique clarified his remarks about Cosby, which he said were taken “a little out of context. I was asking my readers what they thought of these five possibilities,” Siddique is quoted as saying. “The reason I was writing five items is because I'm not sure what is going on with American women.”
The controversy comes at an awkward time for Lincoln University, which forced former president Robert Jennings to resign in November after he said that three Lincoln women reported sexual assaults to police because their sexual experiences “didn't turn out the way they wanted it to turn out.”
The most recent statement from Lincoln University adds that, “Like all faculty members, [Siddique] is entitled to express his personal views in conversation or in public forums, as long as he does not present such opinions as views of the University.”
Among Siddique's other recent targets has been the cancellation of the TV reality series “19 Kids and Counting” after family member Josh Duggar was accused of molestation years ago. “The homo lobby is taking revenge for the Duggars' criticism of transgender and homo activity,” Siddique posted on Facebook in June. “ The fact is that now in this country the homo lobby controls so much of the media that they attack Christians. No religion is sacred in America.”
In a Facebook posting on July 23, he addressed the controversy over Sandra Bland, a black woman who died after being pulled over for a traffic infraction and jailed. “First they kill Black men and women, and then claim it was their own fault,” Siddique wrote. “The authorities can always find something in a person's background. Now they say she was DEPRESSED a YEAR BACK, therefore she committed suicide. Hitler never treated Black people like this. Israel's system has been imposed on America.”
The Daily Beast story is posted on Siddique's Facebook timeline, although he comments, “Those who know me are shocked at the Beast's attack.”
A woman named Teresa Rollins posted to Siddique's Facebook wall on July 22, “My dear Muslim friends … the Jewish Press has been trying to vilify Dr. Siddique for years and get him fired for his truth telling and activism against oppression ... I ask you to reply to this post and give him your support as they wish to silence all Muslim scholars … Here they go misquoting Dr. Siddique … it is going to be a popular thing now to shame and vilify Muslims who stand up for the Haqq of the Qur'an ... our lives are not guided by government policies our lives are Guided by a Higher Authority and we all have chosen to live in Tolerance with those who live differently – but will unabashedly speak truth to powers where ever they reside. I support Dr. Siddique who has been a Truth sayer … we live in a climate where they want us to cow-town from stating and standing up for the truth,,we are truly in the end of days … they wait but we too wait for the hand of Allah who gives them a short respite and then the judgement!!!! Aameen!”
Siddique is a member of a Baltimore-based organization called Jamaat al-Muslimeen (Assembly of Muslims) that promotes a rigorous version of Islam. Siddique edits the group's newsletter. According to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, the group “explicitly discourages acts of violence by Muslims in the United States [but] it advances a number of ideological points closely linked to violent radicalism, while excusing virtually all Muslims convicted of terrorism as victims of government persecution.”
In a June 26 posting, Siddique wrote, “Today, in Baltimore, my friend Imam Khalil denounced Gay Marriage decision by the Supreme court. It was a good khutba. Jamaat al-Muslimeen' s shoora has led the movement against Homosexuality. We, the servants of Allah, will oppose Obama's homo uprising which led to the court decision today.”
In his comments to The Daily Beast, Siddique is quoted as saying that radical terror groups such as ISIS are probably not responsible for all the atrocities they are accused of. “There are people who have various motivations for saying how bad they are,” Siddique told The Daily Beast, “so that all the bad people go there.” He said that terror groups “do terrible things, I'm sure, and they do terrible things to people who do terrible things to other people.”
Siddique decried murder and looting as un-Islamic. “I don't think that anyone has the right to kill people who are innocent,” he told The Daily Beast.
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