Senator condemns Lincoln University Professor’s ‘hate speech’
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A state senator from Philadelphia introduced a resolution calling for the condemnation of a controversial professor’s hate speech and further calling on his school to revoke his tenure. Senator Anthony Williams calls Lincoln University professor Dr. Kaukab Siddique’s recent remarks about the attack on Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida ‘treacherous hate speech .’
According to Williams memo, Dr. Siddique most recently made news following the attacks on Pulse Night Club in Orlando, Florida, complaining on social media that the United States has not given ISIS enough credit for the massacre. On Facebook, Siddique posted that “CNN is coming up with conspiracy theories which are meant to reduce or remove the idea of this being an ISIS victory…With this attack on an American soft target, US media are trying hard to claim it was NOT an ISIS attack.”
This is not the first time Dr. Siddique’s commentary has drawn attention. His Facebook page is littered with references to the “homo lobby” and “dirty Jewish Zionist thugs.” In reference to the Bill Cosby scandal, Siddique wrote, “Many women are sluts,” “American women are slaves of rich men,” “Random sex is quite acceptable in America,” and “They don’t have families like Muslims do who would take revenge for rape.”
Siddique is also a Holocaust denier. Williams says the professor shields these comments behind his academic freedom to escape professional repercussions which any other person would certainly face.
In Senate Resolution 420, Williams calls for the Commonwealth to condemn the speech and calls on Lincoln University to revoke his tenure under the school’s own Professional Standards for Faculty guidelines.
Lincoln University, in Chester County, was founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University, according to their website. Originally chartered as Ashmun Institute, it was re-named Lincoln University in 1866 in honor of President Abraham Lincoln.