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Prof. Varadarajan drew heavy criticism for a “Forbes” column he wrote in which he coined the term “going Muslim” as a replacement for the term “going postal,” in response to the shooting at the Fort Hood military base. The term itself “implies violence that results from ‘snapping psychologically’.”[1] Varadarajan continued to qualify his statement by arguing that in the case of ‘going Muslim’, there would be a “calculated discarding of camouflage – the camouflage of integration – in an act of revolutionary catharsis.[2]

Explaining his position, Varadarajan argued that “Muslims may be more extreme because their religion is founded on bellicose conquest, a contempt for infidels and an obligation for piety that is more extensive than in other schemes.”[3]

[1] Ratnatunga, S. (Nov, 12, 2009). Stern Professor Perpetuates Anti-Muslim Rhetoric. NYU Local. Retrieved from https://nyulocal.com/stern-professor-perpetuates-anti-muslim-rhetoric-5ed63281e2c4

[2] Hamilton, N. (Nov. 10, 2009). The Anti-Muslim Backlash Outrage-Off, Vol. 1. Gawker. Retrieved from http://gawker.com/5401392/the-anti-muslim-backlash-outrage-off-vol-1

[3] Louis, E. (Nov. 15, 2009). Don’t Jump to Conclusions Because Hasan is Muslim. Real Clear Politics. Retrieved from https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2009/11/15/don039t_jump_to_conclusions_because_hasan_is_muslim_224655.html

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POLITICO Europe; Century Association; AmeriCares

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Prof. Joel C. Peterson, Chair of the Hoover Institution; Prof. Ted Conover, Director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (NYU)

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