Art Professor Fired For Muhammad Images Sues University

Student objected to images shown in class
A picture taken on February 8, 2011 in Rennes, western France, shows part of a marble statue representing Themis, the Goddess of Justice at Brittany parliament, headquarters of Rennes appeal court. Rennes appeal court magistrates announced the adjournment of non-emergency hearings until February 10, 2011 evening during a social movement that followed French President Nicolas Sarkozy claim last week that their incompetence let a repeat sex offender allegedly murder and dismember a teenage girl. The French magistrates' union called for courthouses across the country to go on strike until February 10 in protest, while two major police unions accused the president of using the murder to further his own right-wing political aims.  AFP PHOTO DAMIEN MEYER (Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP) (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Erika López Prate is suing the Minnesota university that fired her after she showed images of the Prophet Muhammad in a global art course.
  • The lawsuit alleges that Hamline University subjected the adjunct art professor to religious descrimination and defamation, and damaged her personal and professional reputation.
  • “Among other things, Hamline, through its administration, has referred to Dr. López Prater’s actions as ‘undeniably Islamophobic,’″ her attorneys said. “Comments like these, which have now been published in news stories around the globe, will follow Dr. López Prater throughout her career, potentially resulting in her inability to obtain a tenure track position at any institution of higher education.”

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