Two University Professors at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in eastern France have been placed under 24-hour police protection after being smeared as “Islamophobes” and “fascists.” The teachers’ lives are under threat after an Islamo-leftist student group, National Union of Students of France (UNEF), led a dangerous campaign against the professors for simply trying to question the concept of “Islamophobia”.
Despite the danger the professors are facing, the radical student union continues to incite violence towards them and is lobbying the school to have them sanctioned.
For two months the teachers have been dealing with harassment and denigration from the student group for simply wanting to discuss the validity of the concept of “Islamophobia”. On March 4, the words “Fascists in our lecture halls. Islamophobia kills” were plastered on the building housing the premises of the Grenoble IEP, accompanied by the names of the two professors.
The Grenoble branch of the National Union of Students of France (Unef) posted the vandalism and implied threats on the front of the establishment via social networks.
Below is a picture taken of the student unions’ dangerous smears towards the teachers – their names were blurred by a media outlet. Under Sharia, those who insult Muhammad or Allah are to be executed, as are those who desecrate the Quran or commit other acts of blasphemy.
One of the professors, Vincent Tournier, is in charge of a course called “Islam and Muslims in contemporary France;” while the other, Klaus Kinzler, is a lecturer in German and has taught at the facility for 25 years.
The student union and their President, 23-year-old Thomas Mandroux, have been fighting for months to “remove” Professor Tournier and his course from the University. The union has accused the teacher and his course of spreading “Islamophobic” remarks during classes. Facebook and Instagram pages were launched asking students to report all “problematic comments” that might have occurred in class, with expectations that the reports could be used to cancel the course and the teacher.
The teacher responded to pressure by the student union by requesting a ban on the union’s members from his course. This caused an uproar among the jointly leftist and Islamic students looking to make trouble in his class. The targeted protests and smears against the teacher intensified.
The other teacher placed under police protection, Klaus Kinzler, is a 61-year-old German teacher who has been at at IEP Grenoble for 25 years. It is important to note that Professor Kinzler labels himself as a liberal from the “extreme center” who believes in freedom of speech.
The controversy arose at the end of November during an informal working group to prepare for the school’s annual “week of equality” which also focuses on ending “discrimination”. The teacher was asked to prepare a thematic day under the title: “Racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism”.
During a discussion with teachers and student, Professor Kinzler questioned “the alignment of these three terms in one theme”. He questioned whether the term Islamophobia has real meaning or “is just a propaganda weapon of extremists smarter than us”. The professor suggested the title be changed to “Racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of contemporary discrimination”.
This very small request, however, was perceived as a declaration of war by the Islamo-leftist students who quickly had the Professor excluded from the group. The students claimed to be “injured” by the professor’s suggestions.
The professors have had little support among their colleagues who have feared speaking out or are upset over the attention the University is receiving. As Professor Kinzler explains, “On a human level, this is shocking to me. There’s a majority of my colleagues who hate me now. Because in their eyes – I’m dragging the establishment through the mud – While I’m the one risking my own skin”
The following video is a combination of two separate clips taken from a TV talk show featuring Prof. Kinzler:
French Government Finally Reacts
This incident with the French school teachers is just the latest attempt by Muslims and leftists to force Western nations to submit to Islamic Blasphemy laws via political correctness. In France, accusations of alleged Islamophobia have resulted in citizens to be slaughtered, live in hiding, lose their careers, and live every day of their lives with targets on their backs.
This past October, history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by a Muslim outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Paty was decapitated after an Islamic student, her father and powerful Islamic leaders relentlessly smeared and maligned him on social media, ultimately leading to his assassination by decapitation.
The French government was condemned for not protecting Paty and ignoring the radicalisation signs exhibited by those leading a smear campaign against him. Furthermore, French authorities not only ignored the threats being lodged at Paty but instead, investigated Paty for potential “thought crimes” against Islam.
RAIR foundation USA recently reported on Didier Lemaire, a teacher for twenty years in the French city of Trappes, who must live under 24-hour police protection. In addition, he must leave his profession after his life was threatened for honoring the memory of the beheaded history teacher, Samuel Paty, and for defending the values of the Republic. Instead of denouncing the threats of violence against the philosophy teacher, Ali Rabeh, the Muslim mayor of Trappes, further incited those threatening his life.
Unlike with Samuel Paty, the French government condemned the threatening campaign being led by the
Islamo-leftist student group. State officials believe those targeting the professors could put the lecturers in danger.
The professors also received the support of the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer. Junior interior minister Marlene Schiappa said the posters and social media comments recalled the harassment Samuel Paty faced last October. “These are really odious acts after what happened with the decapitation of Samuel Paty who was smeared in the same way on social networks,” she said on the BFM news channel. “We can’t put up with this type of thing.”
The Director of Sciences Po Grenoble, however, judged the words of one of the professors as “problematic” while strongly condemning the dissemination of his name and that of his colleague.
A tough new security law is being discussed in the French parliament that would make publishing personal information about a public servant punishable, if done to cause them harm. This law would make the offence punishable by up to three years in prison.
This would be in effect, a much needed kind of anti-doxxing law, which should also be in place in The United States after similar tactics had been used on this articles author, TV host, Tucker Carlson along with many others.
Meanwhile, students at the University continue to malign the teachers and hold protests against “Islamophobia”. Just a few days ago, student can be scene gathering in condemnation of the teachers:
Islamic Critics Face Death Sentences
All over the Islamic world, and now the Western world, secular thinkers (Mila), clergy, teachers, politicians (Geert Wilders), artists, poets, writers, journalists (Lars Hedegaard), bloggers (Bangladesh), and cartoonists (Charlie Hebdo) are threatened and/or targeted for death because they dare to be critical of Islam.
Leftist activists, politicians and organizations assist this jihad on free speech by calling all who openly criticize Islam of being guilty of “hate speech” or “Islamophobia”. This is a secular equivalent of “blasphemy” and is rapidly working its way into Western law.
As one Charlie Hebdo journalist stated, “The more of us who choose to stay silent, the more dangerous it becomes for the few who continue speaking out.” The fact is that where critical thinking & free speech end, the West ends as well.
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The majority of the teachers looking to be employed don’t have the courage to say “I’m a democrat”. They can’t. Yesterday there was a discussion for three hours, in which they tore apart my email to a colleague written in December. Twenty people said nothing and only two defended me. Two. The rest of them, I’ll call big mouths, my fellow teachers had a discussion, for two hours, about the inappropriate tone I used in my email to my colleague last December. You see, in German you would say, their heads are made of concrete. They still haven’t understood what has happened. They are impermeable to reality. They’re stuck in a whirlwind of their own cemented ideas and think they are always right, but they understand nothing. In addition, on a human level, this is shocking to me. I received a email from a colleague saying that what the students have done to me, putting my life in danger, wasn’t as bad as my moral conservatism. Another colleague during the meeting yesterday said — a friend assisting me told me — “Kinzler is a racist and Islamophobe.” A majority of my colleagues hate me now, because in their eyes, I’m dragging the institution through the mud, even though I’m the one risking my own life because of this. It’s not just me either, I want to emphasize that, I’m speaking for my colleague as well. He’s just as important as I am. —He doesn’t want to go public or make a statement. I totally respect that choice. He’s afraid for his family. —Of course, of course. And I understand and respect that. --- It’s a kind of reward for 35 years of my professional life, in which every year, invariably, it has been the same thing. And it’s true, I’m more isolated. Every year, a bit more. So this is a tiny revenge. It’s a gift that the media is giving me, and I still can’t believe my own eyes. Not for a second. Just within that last few days, people line up to see me. “Hey, please don’t change the channel. That’s the best channel, etc. No, that’s disgusting. They’re the competition.” That’s right, me, the German teacher at Political Science University. Not unemployed and with no major publications. Just a citizen, but I think a fighter too. Maybe that brings forth pride as well. I don’t let people step on my toes and I encourage my students to do the same. I encourage them to wake up and not let people walk on their toes, because they usually accept it. The majority of the Political Science students haven’t said a peep. It’s important to open your mouth when things aren’t going well. That’s it.