Griffith's Vice Chancellor O'Connor Clueless About Islam, Cuts and Pastes from Wikipedia

 *  This whole ridiculous Da’wa Centre at Griffith should be closed down instantly. How can anyone justify a proselytizing  nest of Wahabites in a respectable institution of higher learning? The whole idea is a sick joke!

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Clueless O’Connor

GRIFFITH University vice-chancellor Ian O’Connor has admitted lifting information straight from online encyclopedia Wikipedia and confusing strands of Islam as he struggled to defend his institution’s decision to ask the repressive Saudi Arabian Government for funding.

*  WoJ reported, here

Professor O’Connor also appears to have breached his own university’s standards on plagiarism as they apply to students’ academic work – a claim he denies. And he appears to have ignored his own past misgivings about Wikipedia and internet-based research.

In September, The Australian revealed that the Queensland university had accepted a grant of $100,000 from the Saudi Government. Last week, it was revealed that Griffith had asked the Saudi embassy in Australia for a $1.37million grant for its Islamic Research Unit, telling the ambassador that certain elements of the controversial deal could be kept a secret.

Griffith – described by Professor O’Connor as the “university of choice” for Saudis – also offered the embassy a chance to “discuss” ways in which the money could be used.

Professor O’Connor’s response to The Australian’s revelations, which was published as an opinion article in the newspaper on Thursday, contained whole passages of text “cut and pasted” from Wikipedia.

“The primary doctrine of Unitarianism is Tawhid, or the uniqueness and unity of God,” Professor O’Connor wrote. “Wahhab also preached against a perceived moral decline and political weakness in the Arabian peninsula and condemned idolatry, the popular cult of saints, and shrine and tomb visitation.”

The Wikipedia entry for Wahhabism reads: “The primary doctrine of Wahhabism is Tawhid, or the uniqueness and unity of God … He preached against a ‘perceived moral decline and political weakness’ in the Arabian peninsula and condemned idolatry, the popular cult of saints, and shrine and tomb visitation.”

Professor O’Connor, whose academic credentials are in social work and juvenile justice, appears to have substituted the word Unitarianism for Wahhabism.

He has admitted that the substitution, which came under fire from religious commentators, was not appropriate.

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6 thoughts on “Griffith's Vice Chancellor O'Connor Clueless About Islam, Cuts and Pastes from Wikipedia”

  1. I wonder if Media Watch will run with the plagiarism, or give Mo’s supporters a free pass?

    Good article.

  2. Just another good example of the brainless, spineless “toads” of higher education, down on their knees, groveling for money from the filthy moslems. O’Conner is obviously awash in the swill of multi-culturalism, a philosophy of rank stupidity and appeasement.

  3. Auburn Da’wa Centre Masjid Building Project progressing.

    “Build the Masjid Project
    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
    IDCA would like to update the community on the progress of the Build the Masjid project.

    IDCA is proud to announce that we are only $150,000 of our target to seal the deal!
    We have outstanding of $70,000 in pledges and if we account for all of this we will have the amount of $80,000 remaining.
    We have less than 1 week to collect these funds as the land settlement date is the 23rd of March 2010.”

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