DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan State University professor who referred to Muslims as “brutal and uncivilized” and urged Islamic students to return to their “ancestral homelands” came under fire from a civil rights group on Monday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations called engineering professor Indrek Wichman’s remarks “Islamaphobic” and issued a statement quoting the e-mail that prompted the controversy.
“The university needs to take appropriate disciplinary action in this case to demonstrate through its actions that anti-Muslim bigotry will not be tolerated on campus,” said Dawud Walid, head of the rights group’s Michigan chapter. . .
Wichman, who specializes in studying how fire starts and spreads, said he regretted that a private e-mail had been made public. “I wrote it in haste,” he told Reuters. “It’s a shame it was made public.”
Walid said his group had urged university officials to discipline Wichman, but “They said they didn’t feel they could take any tangible disciplinary action.”
A spokesman for MSU said Wichman had been warned that any further comments of a similar kind could prompt a formal complaint under the university’s anti-discrimination policy.