[COMMENT: The astonishing absurdity of some of the "left's" response to America leaves one -- astonished. How does one respond to such nonsense? What would you have said (assuming this report is accurate)?
How would you counter the charges against the American founding fathers? Honestly and gracefully.... Not in kind.
This kind of irrational anger and inability to engage with a student in honest conversation is perhaps indicative of spiritual blindness, more than just a psychological problem, a blindness caused by one's own hatred of truth and of righteousness. We are in a spiritual war.
There are nuts on both sides of almost any fence, and the true warriors are those who will seek the truth at any cost to themselves, no matter which side of which fence they may be on. The first sign of spiritual warfare is the deliberate and systematic subversion of truth (see Romans 1:18 ff.).
Like the recent charges against the "Philadelphia Four", this is almost guaranteed to flop and boomerang against the professor. At least eventually. But these things have a way of causing enormous damage in the meantime. Still, if we are willing to grow where the Lord has placed us, we come out better than we went in. E. Fox]
The Washington Times
By George Archibald
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published January 16, 2005
A 17-year-old Kuwaiti student whose uncles were kidnapped and tortured by
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's invaders more than a decade ago said his
California college political science professor failed him for praising the
United States in a final-exam essay last month.
Ahmad Al-Qloushi, a foreign student at Foothill College near San Jose, Calif., said he was told by professor Joseph A. Woolcock to get psychological treatment because of the pro-American views expressed in his essay.
"Apparently, if you are an Arab Muslim who loves America, you must be deranged," said Mr. Al-Qloushi, who feared the failing grade could cost him his student visa.
"I didn't want to be deported for having written a pro-American essay, so as soon as I left his office, I made an appointment with the school psychologist," he said.
Mr. Woolcock did not respond to telephone and e-mail inquiries. College officials declined to comment, saying it is a confidential matter because Mr. Al-Qloushi and Mr. Woolcock have filed complaints.
For their final exam, Mr. Woolcock had students write an essay on one of several topics that he circulated.
The topic chosen by Mr. Al-Qloushi stated that some scholars "contend that the Constitution of the United States was not 'ordained and established' by 'the people' as we have often been led to believe. They contend instead that it was written by a small educated and wealthy elite in America who were representative of powerful economic and political interests. Analyze the U.S. Constitution (original document), and show how its formulation excluded the majority of people living in America at that time, and how it was dominated by America's elite interests."
In his essay, Mr. Al-Qloushi said, "I completely disagree. ... The American Constitution worried monarchs in Europe. The right for men to choose their own representatives was unheard-of in the rest of the world. ... The United States Constitution might have excluded the majority of people at the time. But it progressed, and America, like every nation in the world, progressed ...
"Because of America, the world is free. ... America freed Kuwait and is now currently in a fight to free Iraq and its 25 million residents and vanquish the tyranny and monstrosity of Saddam Hussein."
Mr. Al-Qloushi said Mr. Woolcock "told me to come to his office the next morning." In the meeting, "he verbally attacked me and my essay."
"He told me, 'Your views are irrational. He called me naive for believing in the greatness of this country and told me, 'America is not God's gift to the world. ... You need regular psychotherapy.' "
Keith Pratt, an English professor at the school, said he was "pretty appalled" when Mr. Al-Qloushi told him about the incident. "I told him, 'You should talk to the dean and go through channels,' " he said.
"This is a very sincere action on his part," the professor said. "There was never one hint that he had any axe to grind. I know this guy and I have had many conversations with him about the atmosphere in the classroom, but he never engaged in any character assassination."
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