Georgetown’s Nathan Lean is a supreme example of how academia has become a radioactive desert of hard-Left indoctrination and opposition to the freedom of speech. He is supposedly an expert on “Islamophobia,” which really means that he is an expert on character assassination of those whom he deems “Islamophobes.”
A longtime foe of the freedom of speech, Lean has dedicated his life to defaming and lying about anyone and everyone who dares to utter a critical word about the religious ideology that guides Islamic jihadists and incites them to commit mass murder. His targets have included Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz and me, and in every case, Lean plays fast and loose with the facts, cheerfully purveying falsehoods even when he has been shown that they are false (the images are gone from that old post, but it still conveys the substance), so desperate is he to clear away all obstacles to the advance of jihad terror. Not content to defame his targets over their opposition to jihad terror, he stalks them elsewhere: I was scheduled to speak several years ago at an education conference that had nothing to do with Islam, but Lean mounted a defamation campaign that intimidated a cowardly Catholic bishop, Jaime Soto, to cancel the event (it was held at another location) because of my work on Islam.
Lean is not content to spread lies about those whom he hates; he is also the lowest kind of thug, and has repeatedly tweeted out links to what he thinks is my home address and places that I frequent (he was wrong in both cases, but that’s beside the point), in an obvious attempt either to frighten me into silence or to signal to his jihadi friends and allies where I can be found and killed. He is an expert, practiced hater — a look at his Twitter feed shows that he regularly revels in crude and vicious abuse of those who dare to say the slightest negative word about the Religion of Peace. As he claims to be opposing “haters,” he is easily one of the most hateful individuals I have ever encountered in my entire life.
And now he has shown his true colors. This is sedition. Will Georgetown University continue to employ someone with such contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law? Of course they will, because the Saudis remunerate them handsomely.
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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch. On the Georgetown University website Nathan Lean’s profile reads:
Nathan Lean is a writer and scholar of the Middle East and director of research for the Pluralism, Diversity and Islamophobia project at Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. His research interests focus on Islam, Islamophobia, the Middle East, Muslim-Christian relations, and other issues. Lean’s publications include The Changing Middle East: Power and Politics in an Age of Revolution (forthcoming 2015, with Jalil Roshandel), The Moral Psychology of Terrorism (2013, ed. with Jalil Roshandel), The Islamophobia Industry (2012), and Iran, Israel and the United States (2011, with Jalil Roshandel). His articles and op-eds have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, CNN, Religion Dispatches, and the Huffington Post, among others. Lean holds a master’s degree in International Studies from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University.
18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy reads:
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.