A professor at the University of Connecticut has reportedly retired after students complained that he forced them to remove their shoes and praise Allah before entering his office.
Felix Coe, who is Muslim, allegedly taped two signs outside his office door that instructed students to say “Bismillah” upon entering, which translates from Arabic as “in the name of Allah,” Fox News reported.
Students were also required to take their shoes off.
“I’m a Muslim. You don’t come in my office with dirty shoes. That’s a curse,” the biology professor was heard telling a student in an un-dated audio clip released by Jihad Watch.
Coe also reportedly told the student to “get the hell out” and “I don’t want to see you.”
When two people questioned Coe why they should comply with the requirement, he replied, “Because I’m a Muslim.”
In December, Coe complained that he didn’t have a separate place for prayer.
A university spokeswoman told Fox News that Coe has retired since the video was taken and that the signs were taken down from outside his office, which was located at a satellite campus in Hartford, Connecticut.
“Regarding this instance, the sign that had directed guests to precede their conversations with a specific Arabic phrase was immediately removed at the university’s direction,” UConn said in a statement. “UConn promptly resolved the issue in a manner that respects the rights of all involved, and affirms the university’s values of civility and inclusivity.”
(H/T: Fox News)