College’s Incendiary Topic is Terror

September 30, 2001

By William Lobdell at Los Angeles Times

Education: Orange Coast is an academic-freedom test case, with Muslims angry and teacher on leave.

A laid-back community college known for its crew teams, sailors and surfers has become a caldron of political passion in the aftermath of an intense classroom debate about Islam and terrorism.

The conflict at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa has divided a political science class, opened a rift between administrators and faculty, and spilled onto the national stage where the notion of academic freedom is being reexamined in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States...

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