Ivy League prof: Trump immigration comments a 'terroristic act'

Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. says that President Donald Trump committed a "terroristic act" when he called for illegal immigrants to be "removed as fast as they come in." 

Glaude, a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton, reacted to Trump's tweet on MSNBC. 

“What Donald Trump did yesterday, what he announced via Twitter, and this may sound hyperbolic to some folks, it was a terroristic act,” Glaude said. 

“He is terrorizing families in communities who think that they’re going to be snatched away from their kids, who have to walk around daily wondering whether an ICE agent will show up at work and snatch them, and then they won’t have their family," the Princeton professor added.

Campus Reform reached out to Glaude and asked him to elaborate on his comment. No response was received in time for publication. 

[RELATED: Ivy League prof: 'Open the border. Let them all in']

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"Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in," Trump had tweeted Monday.

[RELATED: Harvard 'UndocuGraduation' for illegal immigrants features previously arrested prof]

"Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people....long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement," the president added. "The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!"

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Penn. college offers 'Queering God' course

Swarthmore College offers a course on “Queering God,” most recently taught during the spring 2019 semester, that provides a feminist and queer perspective of the Bible, while also exploring God’s gender identity.

The course, taught by Professor Gwynn Kessler, questions whether God is a masculine or feminine figure through the examination of feminist and queer writings. Its course description says the class “stretch[es] the limits of gendering-and sexing-the divine.” Key themes of the class, also outlined in the course description, include gender, embodiment, masculinity, liberation, sexuality, and feminist and queer theory. 

[RELATED: Students ‘queer’ the Bible for credit]

“Part of the student community definitely wants to have more representation and to have LGBTQ issues addressed in courses and elsewhere on campus," a Swarthmore student, who asked to remain anonymous, told Campus Reform. "This means spreading awareness and getting people to action through taking courses like this."

Natalie, another Swarthmore student who asked for her last name not to be published, noted that the school demonstrates “normalized progressivism, unfazed by even the most controversial topics.”

Queering the Bible is a similar course that the institution offers, which uses Biblical readings from a queer and transgender perspective to explore sex, identity, and gender. Campus Reform has previously reported on the rise of such courses in American academic institutions.

[RELATED: Colleges offer courses on ‘queering’ children, the Bible]

“I took [Queering the Bible] because I’ve always overheard of people claiming that being queer, specifically homosexual, was a sin, or that the Bible said so,” another Swarthmore student, who also asked to remain anonymous, said. “It pushed me to ask questions so absurd that it seems even unthinkable to ask.” 

According to her, there is no negative reaction to such courses on campus. She says that “if anything, my peers have been most interested in Queering the Bible when I’ve rattled off my semester course load.”

This same student is familiar with the course on Queering God because Kessler had handed her a flyer for the class. 

[RELATED: Princeton course will teach students to 'read queerly']

Kessler is an associate professor of religion at Swart

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UCSC folds, will remove 'deeply painful' bell from campus

A year after students began a petition to remove the traditional California “mission bell” from campus, the University of California Santa Cruz has capitulated to demands, announcing Friday that the bell will be removed.

California mission bells mark the path of the historic El Camino Real, the 700-mile trail that connected the 21 California Spanish missions. The bells are a common way of recognizing state history and have marked the route of the El Camino Real since 1906. Hundreds of them line the trail to this day.  

However, in UCSC's announcement of its decision, the university emphasized that the bells are “viewed by many populations as a symbol of racism and dehumanization of their ancestors.”

[RELATED: UCSC students say historical mission bell 'represents genocide']

The university administration has communicated with Valentin Lopez, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band chairman, who called the bells “deeply painful symbols that celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people.” 

“They are constant reminders of the disrespect our tribe faces to this day,” he added.

UCSC Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services Sarah Latham said that Lopez’s comments were “such a compelling statement of impact,” adding that she is “pleased” at the university’s ability to “work in partnership” with the band toward the removal of the bell.  

“They’re wasting the UCSC student body’s and administration’s time over a non-issue that misrepresents an important part of California’s history for the sole purpose of feeling morally superior, 'cause who wants to be the person on the side of ‘genocide and slavery?’” College Republicans President Brandon Lang told Campus Reform when the petition to remove the bell first circulated. “The bells were intended to act as road markers for the historic El Camino Real, the fi[r]st road to span California, not as ‘symbols of genocide.’”

“The people who want this and others like them know they can’t get anything of substance done, so they focus on ‘symbolic’ things such as the removal of statues from the public space or changing of names, actions that are quick and easy but don’t cause any real positive change in society for the people they want to help,” the

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