• University of Central Florida
    University of Central Florida
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Prof. Matusitz was accused of promoting anti-Muslim ideology when, in a 2013 lecture, Matusitz said “why do so many Muslims relative to other religions want to kill us? The answer is easy. Very easy. It’s seven letters: culture.” Responding to the criticism that followed, Matusitz claimed that his problem is with “Muslims who want to impose radical Islam and Shariah on our lens,” and questioned “when was the last time you heard a cultured Muslim say on TV, ‘I am against Muslim law?” He argued that “if cultured Muslims do not support Shariah, then they need to express it.”[1]

According to excerpts from some of Matusitz’ seminars, he also claimed that “England welcomed Muslims and had to say yes to polygamy and honor killings,” and that Muslims are taught to hate “from the cradle until you are an adult.”[2] Matusitz was also recorded claiming that “when my colleagues tell me that Islam is a religion of peace, I tell them that Islam is a religion of pieces – piece of body here, piece of body there.”[3]

[1] Glenn, C. (Nov. 1, 2014). Islamic Groups Voice Concerns, UCF Stands Firm. Central Florida Future. Retrieved from http://www.centralfloridafuture.com/story/news/2014/11/01/islamic-groups-voice-concerns-ucf-stands-firm/18323579/

[2] Edwards, D. (June 20, 2013). Florida professor’s terrorism class: Muslims taught to hate ‘from the cradle.’ Loonwatch. Retrieved from http://www.loonwatch.com/2013/06/florida-professors-terrorism-class-muslims-taught-to-hate-from-the-cradle/

[3] Moore, A. ((June 21, 2013). Muslims Protest Prof Teaching Islam-Terror Link. World Net Daily. Retrieved from http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/jihad-funder-complains-prof-teaching-islam-terror-link/

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National Communication Association (NCA); International Communication Association (ICA); Protect New York; Disaster Planning Program; Homeland Security Institute

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Robert Littlefield, Director of the Nicholson School of Communication


  • Terrorism and Communication (COM 4416)
  • Symbolism in Terrorism (COM 6425)

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