Student leaders are voicing concern about an e-mail Student Government President Nick Phelps forwarded to an SG listserv last month that describes presidential hopeful Barack Obama as a Muslim and derides the religion.

The e-mail states, “The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level – through the President of the United States, one of their own!” The words Muslim, atheist, radical and Christian were highlighted throughout the e-mail. (See the end of this story for the full e-mail.)

Phelps admitted to sending the message – which had his name and his Student Body President and Board of Trustees member titles attached at the end – through the SG executive committee listserv. The listserv goes to at least seven members of SG. Phelps said his intention was to spark discussion about the presidential candidates.

“It’s not my opinion, and it’s not even fact,” Phelps said yesterday. “My SGA executive committee knows that.”

“The purpose was to talk about how ridiculous it was and how it’s not right.”

But student diversity leader Patrick Nally said regardless of Phelps’ intention, the e-mail was inappropriate and sparked a number of upset students to contact him.

“It’s not necessarily his opinion, but why aren’t student leaders thinking about what is wrong with this e-mail?” said Nally, a student who works in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. (MORE)


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