FAU Responds to Advisor Roxanna Trinka's Anti-Muslim Comments; CAIR Calls for Her Dismissal

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FAU administrators today distanced themselves from the Islamophobic and homophobic Facebook posts, first reported here, of Boca Raton businesswoman Roxanna Trinka, an adviser to the school's College of Engineering and Computer Science.

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According to a school press release:

Florida Atlantic University was made aware today of the personal Facebook posts that were reportedly made by Roxanna Trinka. Ms. Trinka was an unpaid volunteer member of an advisory council to the College of Engineering and Computer Science.... FAU appreciates the support that hundreds of volunteers provide to it every day. However, those volunteers' private remarks do not represent the University. Ms. Trinka does not speak for FAU, and the comments that have been attributed to her do not reflect the views of the University. FAU prides itself on being one of the most diverse and welcoming universities in America. The unfortunate and insensitive comments that have been attributed to Ms. Trinka are not consistent with FAU's values.

At almost the same time, the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the school to remove Trinka from her advisory role at the College, which has a significant number of faculty and students of Mideast origin.

"Roxanna Trinka's bigoted and extremist views, coupled with her involvement with FAU, certainly raise concerns with the South Florida Muslim community," CAIR-SFL Executive Director Nezar Hamze wrote. "This type of bigotry has the potential to create a hostile learning environment for Muslim students and damages the university's image and credibility."

The school may have preempted CAIR's request, however. According to FAU media rep Lisa Metcalf, the College of Engineering's advisory council is being abolished, to be reconstituted in the future.

It remains to be seen how news of Trinka's outspoken antagonism to Islam will play out at her other position, as a director of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University (a quasi-public entity independent of the school). As reported here yesterday, the Research Park's primary developer and operator, HDG Mansur, is owned by a Dubai-based private equity fund that prides itself on adherence to Islamic law.


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dfsfas
dfsfas

so these people are IN FAVOR of "muslim law" in America? sickening. no christian law, no muslim law, only American constitutional law.  

kbaswell
kbaswell

It seems that only liberal and Muslim views are ok these days.  Well sorry but the rest of us want to save this Country before you destroy it!!  And we will not BE QUIET!

nadirwashere
nadirwashere

the religious hatred that some extremist Christians have is far worse than Al-Qaeda...

Christians need to first over come their hatred and venom towards Muslims which is centuries old.

harvk5
harvk5

Do the Muslim faculty discriminate grade wise vis a viz Jewish students?  Has anyone looked to see? Have any Jewish students complained about Muslim faculty?

FAU is in the middle of a very strong Jewish community.  Has the Jewish community reacted to the anti Semitic  speech on the FAU campus?  If not, perhaps the Jewish community should make their voices heard.  

As for CAIR, there attempt to suppress free speech by calling for the ouster of a person who exercises it is at best a mockery of our Constitution and at least in the United States is called  censorship.  I would hate to think that CAIR and its members on the FAU campus are for censorship of ideas that they find abhorrent but expect that their anti Semitic remarks to be treated with deference.  




harvk5
harvk5

Do the Muslim faculty discriminate grade wise vis a viz Jewish students?  Has anyone looked to see? Have any Jewish students complained about Muslim faculty?

FAU is in the middle of a very strong Jewish community.  Has the Jewish community reacted to the anti Semitic  speech on the FAU campus?  If not, perhaps the Jewish community should make their voices heard.  

As for CAIR, there attempt to suppress free speech by calling for the ouster of a person who exercises it is at best a mockery of our Constitution and at least in the United States is called  censorship.  I would hate to think that CAIR and its members on the FAU campus are for censorship of ideas that they find abhorrent but expect that their anti Semitic remarks to be treated with deference.  




Mr.44
Mr.44

The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim...

kbaswell
kbaswell

@nadirwashere It is not Christians that are blowing up and beheading people so how is it that Christians are worst than Terrorist?????   Yes I HATE terrorist Muslims!!!!

DeeBoo
DeeBoo

@kbaswell @nadirwashere Why don't ya look up every mass shooting in amerikan history. You'll see that more than 95% of them are white males. Not muslims. Nope, good ol' US of Corporate America citizens, with pale skin and lots of guns. As a matter of fact, the only Muslim related mass shooting was Ft. Hood, and he was a member of the US Military. Keep fearing the Muslim Boogie Man and ignoring our own problems as a society. Yea, let's get rid of all Muslims and put more guns into the hands of our homegrown nutters.

overthe47percenters
overthe47percenters

uhhhhh, score extremist christian 1, extremist muslim much much more

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