Amid Concerns Over Instructor, College Calls Off Class on Islam
Lane Community College has called off a non-credit course called "What Is Islam?" amid concerns about the instructor, The Eugene Register-Guard reported. The instructor, Barry Sommer, heads a local chapter of a group that has been criticized as anti-Islam -- a characterization he disputes. Mary Spilde, president at Lane, said that no contract was ever signed for Sommer to teach the course and that she does not think the action raises free speech issues. "We certainly value intellectual inquiry and freedom of speech but we also want to make sure, when LCC is involved, that we are doing it in an appropriate way to provide a productive and effective learning environment," she said. "We are not going to be pressured by any group on any side of this issue when we make a decision."