U.S. Military Sacks Instructor Over Anti-Islamic Class [View all]
By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 21:01 EDT
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey via AFP
Topics: Colonel Dave Lapan ♦ instructor ♦ Joint Forces Staff College
WASHINGTON — The US military said Wednesday “poor judgement” allowed an instructor to present inflammatory anti-Islamic material in a course for senior officers.
The instructor has been removed from his teaching job at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, and the elective course will be redesigned, officials said, citing the results of a review ordered by the US military’s top officer, General Martin Dempsey.
The course, entitled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism,” had “portrayed Islam almost entirely in a negative way,” said Dempsey’s spokesman, Colonel Dave Lapan.
The class, which had been taught since 2004, was meant “to stimulate discussion and challenge people’s beliefs,” Lapan told reporters. “The flaw was that it didn’t clearly define that it was meant to be provocative.”