Professor sacked for showing 14th century painting depicting Prophet Muhammad
Professor Erika Lopez Prater fired from university after Muslim student objected
washington, Hamline University fired a professor after a Muslim student objected to a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a global art curriculum. In this case, the lawyers of the Assistant Arts Professor have said to file a case. In her lawsuit, Professor Erika Lopez Prater alleged that Hamline University subjected her to religious discrimination and defamation, and damaged her professional and personal reputation, according to a report by AFP news agency.
Professor Erica Lopez Prater’s attorneys said in a statement that, among other things, Hamline, through its administration, has referred to Dr. Lopez Prater’s actions as unquestionably Islamophobic. Comments like these, now published in the news around the world, will cause Dr. López Prater further trouble in his profession. Lopez Prater’s attorneys said Tuesday a copy of the lawsuit was sent to Hamline University and will be filed in court soon. However, Hamline University President Phineas Miller and Ellen Waters, chair of the board of trustees, issued a joint statement Tuesday saying they were reconsidering their decision.
apologized for calling the professor’s work Islamophobic
In the statement, the university said that like all organizations, sometimes they also take wrong steps. Based on all the facts, the university determined that the use of the term ‘Islamophobic’ was erroneous. Let us tell you that last October, Lopez Prater showed a 14th-century painting depicting Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on Islamic art. For many Muslims, visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad violate their faith.
Tags: America, Islamophobia, university
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 18, 2023, 11:28 IST