A controversial University of Central Florida professor spoke before a full audience Tuesday night and warned that there is a "civilization jihad" being waged by Islamic fundamentalists on local, academic and political fronts.
"They'll try to whitewash the crimes that Muslims have done," said associate professor Jonathan Matusitz, speaking before an Act! Space Coast meeting of nearly 200 people in the Brevard County Commissioner's meeting room in Viera.
Matusitz lectures on terrorism and Islam at UCF, but pointed out that his views are his own.
There were a variety of questions from the audience, including many concerned about the imposition of Islamic law and the Obama administration's policies. One audience member stood up and advocated violence against Muslims. The event organizer later called that comment inappropriate.
The lecture drew criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a national advocacy group. CAIR issued a statement Friday urging county officials to pull use of the government center room, calling Matusitz a "hatemonger." (Read more)