University Drops Charges Against Student for Opposition to Homosexuality

December 12, 2005

William Paterson University on Wednesday dropped sexual harassment charges against a student employee who had expressed his religion's opposition to homosexuality.

In March, Dr. Arlene Scala, a professor of women's studies at the New Jersey university, sent a mass e-mail inviting students and employees to a screening of "Ruth and Connie: Every Room in the House," a documentary about a lesbian couple.

Jihad Daniel, a 63-year-old graduate student and computer technician who is a convert to Islam, sent a private e-mail to Scala asking to be excluded from future invitations because homosexual relationships "are perversions."

Daniel also complained about the lack of religion in the classroom, stating that "the absence of God in higher education brings on confusion."

The university on June 15 put a letter of reprimand in Daniel's file, noting that his use of the word "perversion" was "derogatory and demeaning" and violated the state's non-discrimination policy. It said that Scala had found the e-mail "threatening...

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