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A University of Wisconsin professor who works with 9-11 conspiracist Kevin
Barrett says he’s a “fruitcake” who is too biased in favor of Islam to teach
a class on the subject.
Barrett, a Muslim convert, was recently cleared by the college to teach a
course this fall titled, “Islam: Religion and Culture.” Like many Muslims,
he contends the 9-11 attacks were an “inside job” carried out by Bush
administration officials and not Islamic terrorists.
Specifically, Barrett argues Bush officials rigged the World Trade Center
with incendiary devices to bring it down and start a war against Islam.
“He’s a fruitcake,” says Marshall F. Onellion, a physics professor at the
University of Wisconsin. “He has no education in any engineering or science
area pertinent to how, or whether, buildings fall down when hit by
airplanes. Since he can’t evaluate the evidence presented, he shouldn’t have
an opinion” that will influence students.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released a
report on the WTC collapse that rules out such conspiracy theories about the
use of controlled demolitions. It concluded the collapse resulted from
structural damage to the buildings caused by the impact from the two Boeing
767 jetliners hijacked by Muslim terrorists.
The unusually large amounts of jet fuel from the planes ignited multi-floor
fires reaching temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees, and significantly
weakened the floors and columns “to the point where floors sagged and pulled
inward on the perimeter columns,” the report said. “This led to the inward
bowing of the columns and failure of the south face of the WTC 1 and the
east face of WTC 2, initiating the collapse of each of the towers.”
The independent 9-11 commission also concluded after some 1,200 interviews
that Muslim hijackers were to blame.
But Barrett, who heads a group called “Scholars for 9/11 Truth,” speculates
that pro-Israeli neoconservatives led by Vice President Dick Cheney toppled
the Twin Towers with secretly planted explosives or incendiary devices such
as thermite rods. It’s a popular theory in the Muslim community. The
anti-Bush left has also embraced it.
Barrett, who converted to Islam 13 years ago, teaches a course on Islam that
critics say whitewashes the 1400-year history of jihad against the West.
His Wisconsin colleague Onellion says Barrett is not qualified to teach the
course because his doctorate is in Arabic studies, not Islamic studies. And
as a Muslim activist with an ax to grind against the U.S. government, he
says he is incapable of teaching the course objectively.
“I simply do not believe that an adult convert to Islam is capable of
objectively teaching, or objectively grading, a course on his religion,” he
told WorldNetDaily. “Never would such a person be objective.”
University officials, however, are persuaded that Barrett can teach Islam
In a July letter to Barrett, Wisconsin provost Patrick Farrell wrote, “I
have accepted your assurance that you could control your enthusiasm for your
personal viewpoints on the top of 9-11 and present them in class in an
objective and balanced time frame and context.”
Onellion, who is co-authoring a book on science and religion called,
“Seeking truth: Living with Doubt,” says about half the members of a
Wisconsin faculty group for academic freedom sided with the decision to keep
Barrett on staff and let him teach the controversial course. The other half
disagreed with the decision.
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