Pardon me while I chuckle at the irony of this situation. A Muslim college student from Minnesota was exposed as an anti-Semitic blowhard thanks to a series of inflammatory social media posts, but when his toxic online presence was discovered, he accused his critics of carrying out an â€śIslamophobic smear campaignâ€ť against him.
The laughable situation began all the way back in 2014, when Mayzer Muhammad — president of St. Paulâ€™s University undergraduate student government and a former leader of the Muslim Student Association — began referring to pro-Israel people as â€śthe scum of the earthâ€ť and blasted Israel as a â€śracist apartheid stateâ€ť that is â€śmurdering innocent people every day.â€ť
Muhammad continued posting his anti-Israel sentiments on social media for the world to see until March 2016, a month before he secured his current leadership role in the schoolâ€™s student government.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Muhammad complained that the concern over his tweets was at least partially motivated by his religion. â€śI am coming under attack for being a Muslim leader of the student government at a private Catholic institution,â€ť he wrote.
â€śI want to reassure everyone that I am committed to serving and assisting each and every single student that I represent. I also want to assure you all that I stand firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, divisiveness, and oppression that donâ€™t create an inclusive campus for everyone,â€ť Muhammad continued.
Certainly, if the roles were reversed and a Jewish student were making comment about how Islam is the scourge of the Middle East, Muhammad would have offered the same level of forgiveness that heâ€™s begging forâ€¦ right?
St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan released a statement denouncing Muhammadâ€™s â€śhate speechâ€ť and apologizing to the Jewish members of the university.