A professor at the University of Connecticut who is Muslim has retired after students complained he forced them to recite an Islamic prayer and remove their shoes before entering his office.
Felix Coe, a former biology professor, taped two signs to his office door. One poster asked students to declare “Bismillah,” which translates to “In the name of Allah,” upon entering his office, and the other commanded visitors to remove their shoes before entering, according to Campus Reform.
In an undated video shared in mid-June by Jihad Watch, Coe told an unsuspecting student who was trying to find another professor to not “come in my office with dirty shoes” because it’s “a curse.” He told her so after forcefully commanding her to “get the hell out” of his workspace.
“I’m a Muslim,” Coe declared to the bewildered visitor.
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Two other men who approached Coe in his office confronted him over the problematic nature of his religious requirements for students, noting such requests likely wouldn’t be tolerated if he was a Christian.
“You see, if a Christian put here, ‘In Jesus’ name,’ would this happen?” he asked Coe. “You cannot do this to the kids.”
Stephanie Reitz, a spokeswoman for the University of Connecticut, told Fox News that Coe has since retired, indicating the signs were promptly removed from the college’s satellite campus in Hartford, Connecticut, after he left.
The spokeswoman further noted that other workspaces are available for students and professors to meet, so Coe could have engaged with his students in other locations instead of forcing them to comply with his religious beliefs.