Professor Fired For Showing Muhammad Images Sues College

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At a glance

  • A Minnesota university walked back its claim that a professor showing a painting of Islamic prophet Muhammad was Islamophobic Tuesday night after the professor sued for religious discrimination and defamation.
  • Hamline University declined to renew Dr. Erika López Prater’s contract after a student complained that Prater showed an unveiled portrait of Muhammad during an Islamic art lesson.
  • Hamline said that Prater’s actions were “Islamophobic” in a campus-wide email in response to the complaint, which Prater alleged caused her “emotional distress” and hurt her professional and personal reputation, according to the lawsuit.

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