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Join the Call for Resignation of WPU Faculty Member Over Islamophobic Remark

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It is with great disappointment that I address you today to explain how a William Paterson educator has recently attacked the Mayor of Prospect park with a statement in reference to his religious background. 

Maria Emma Anderson works for William Paterson University as an Adjunct for the Department of Languages and Cultures as a Spanish Instructor. Her behavior is not what anyone should expect from educators in our community. 

The remark was made as Mayor Khairullah was attempting to address the Prospect Park Board of Education during a meeting on June 27, 2017. As the volume of the discussion increased, Anderson interrupted the mayor stating, "This is not Sharia Law, this is an orderly session", insinuating that Islam is a religion of chaos.

Seeing that William Paterson University is one of the founding members of Campus Compact New Jersey, a statewide affiliate that promotes public and community service to develop students' citizenship skills, and that Civic Engagement is one of the core values at the university, I believe it is only just if William Paterson University takes immediate action against Mrs. Maria Emma Anderson, for her discriminatory behavior is not welcome in a diverse and open college community.

Mayor Khairullah commented on the incident, "I have served my community since 1994, starting as a volunteer fireman, all the way until today with the utmost dedication and without consideration of of race, gender, national, or religious background of those who I serve. Anyone who is capable of using such divisive terms against me is capable of using similarly hostile terms against others in the community." Mayor Khairullah is also an active William Paterson alumni. 

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It is extremely dangerous when a prejudiced and bigoted person is allowed to educate our youth and to promote isolation and hatred between groups of people. A public university must be neutral. How can William Paterson University be positive that a professor is effectively neutral while she is housing bias and ignorance towards an entire religion? How can William Paterson University prove that Mrs. Anderson's grading system is neutral to the university's diverse population while she has just shown her ignorance towards one group of students? 

For the safety and wellbeing of the wonderful and diverse William Paterson student body, I request that immediate action be taken against Emma Anderson.

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