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CAIR-MI: MSU Prof Apologizes for ‘Intemperate’ E-Mail

(LATHRUP VILLAGE, MI, 4/25/06) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today said that a Michigan State University (MSU) professor has offered an apology for an Islamophobic e-mail sent to Muslim students.

In an e-mail reply to a person expressing concern over his offensive remarks, MSU engineering professor Indrek Wichman said: “I wrote my comments in haste to what I thought was a private organization and I used intemperate language. My apologies to you and other [sic] whom I have offended. I regret this very much and my comments have nothing to do with my classes or any research.”

“Let us hope this disturbing incident can serve as a learning opportunity for all concerned,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Once again we see that activism, education and dialogue are the best tools to use when challenging intolerant views.”

Walid said MSU sent a letter to Wichman informing him that the opinions he expressed went against the values of the university. He urged MSU to institute religious sensitivity training for faculty members before the next school year.

CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, e-Mail:


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