Lincoln University professor Dr. Kaukab Siddique has made waves over anti-Semitic, misogynistic and homophobic comments on his Facebook page.
According to The Daily Beast, Siddique referred to the “homo lobby” and “dirty Jewish Zionist thugs” and made broad sweeping derogatory statements against women and, in general, non-Muslims.
A spokesperson for Lincoln University said Siddique is covered by both the First Amendment and the protections of academic freedom, and further said that though the university had been made aware of the comments on Siddique’s Facebook page, the university “reviewed his Facebook posts [and] does not have an opinion about the faculty member using this medium as it is his personal page and is not the University’s official [Facebook] page.”
The university posted a more detailed statement on its own website, saying:
The Lincoln University Associate Professor Kaukab Siddique, in a July 8 post on his personal Facebook page, appears to defend ISIS fighters and makes derogatory comments about women and rape among other things. His latest comments, like his earlier writings, statements and activities, are an insult to women and other groups he singled out. Dr. Siddique’s statements and assertions are his own, and they in no way represent the views of Lincoln University, its administration, faculty or students.
Dr. Siddique is a tenured member in the Department of Languages and Literature. Like all faculty members, he is entitled to express his personal views in conversation or in public forums, as long as he does not present such opinions as the views of the University.