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India: university orders reinstatement of professor fired for offending Muslims

September 09, 2010

A university in India has ordered the reinstatement of a professor who was dismissed by a Catholic college after allegedly insulting Muslim students—and after outraged Islamic extremists had hacked off his hand.

Mahatma Gandhi University ordered Newman College to reverse the firing of Professor T. J. Joseph, saying that the administration of Newman Collage “failed to follow procedures.” Newman College, a Catholic school, is an affiliate of Mahatma Gandhi University.

Joseph was attacked by knife-wielding militant Muslims on July 4, and his hand was severed. He is currently undergoing physical therapy and learning to write with his left hand. He had become a target of Muslim outrage after Islamic students accused him of insulting their faith by presenting them with a test on which one question referred to a hypothetical character named Mohammed.


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  • Posted by: GUY F. - Sep. 09, 2010 8:01 PM ET USA

    Another case of the one way street. Jesus did not tolerate false piety and as his followers we should not do so. Those who engage in violence to support the faith they hold are not holders of any faith. Those who use just force to defend faith are true followers of our Lord.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Sep. 09, 2010 3:33 PM ET USA

    Ah, yes: the religion of peace.