I just received an invitation to attend a lecture by Dr. Sahar Amer, Professor of Asian Studies and Adjunct Professor of French and of International Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Amer’s talk will be on "Arab Homosexuality/Lesbianism and the Politics of Naming." The lecture was described as follows in an email I received last week:
"This lecture will address the very rich indigenous literary and cultural tradition of alternative sexualities that has been prevalent in the Islamic world at least since the 9th century. Beginning with a review of the new terminology that Arab LGBT groups are coining and advocating in an effort to empower contemporary Arab gays and lesbians, a terminology modeled on Western LGBT vocabulary, Professor Amer will ask whether this new lexicon is truly more liberating to the culturally-specific context of gay and lesbian Arabs. To what extent might the adoption of this contemporary vocabulary represent an unsuspected site of oppression that ultimately erases very rich indigenous Islamic traditions in place since the Middle Ages?"
The lecture will take place in Randall Library at UNC-Wilmington. Would you be interested in attending the lecture with me, Julio? If so, would you be willing to provide some perspective on the role of pedophilia in the lives of Islamic prophets? And could you discuss how Islamic terrorist professors claim to sodomize the mothers of political opponents? Could you tell us whether such claims promote rational discourse? Or whether they are just part of some rich tradition of alternative sexualities prevalent in the Islamic world?
Dear Dr. (Kenneth J.) Bindas:
I found your email address on the Kent State University History Department webpage (http://www.kent.edu/cas/history/). I wanted to share with you the sexually explicit and profanity-laden text from an email I recently received from one of your faculty members named Julio Pino.
This email was sent from Dr. Pino’s Kent State University email account. I have a question for you, which follows in multiple-choice format. It is intended to get a feel for how you would best describe the message sent to me by Dr. Pino. Here goes:
Dr. Pino’s message, sent from his “Kent.edu” email account is an example of:
a. Mental instability
b. Hate speech
c. Academic freedom
d. All of the above
e. None of the above.
Please choose the best answer. I’ll be back in touch soon. Peace and love,
To be continued.