The founder and leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry completely
understands why law enforcement officers are shocked by a NYU
course that requires students to plot a terrorist attack.
The New York Post recently reported about the
controversial New York University course on transnational terrorism
being taught by former Navy criminal investigator Dr. Marie-Helen
Maras. Its syllabus requires students to "step into [a terrorist's]
shoes" and "hypothetically plan a terrorist attack." Each class
member must write a 10- to 15-page paper on his or
her battle plan.
The Post quotes a ranking law enforcement officer
who lost co-workers on 9/11 and describes the class as "the
most ridiculous thing I've ever heard."
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree
Ministries, points out that these papers could become
guides for real terrorists.
"The assignment could become a primer in plotting attacks," she
cautions. "Something being created here by this professor could
actually end up in the hands of terrorists who take and learn from
it. So this is insanity."
Markell says this is just another example of political
correctness run amok.
"The students have come through years and years of public
education, which is so twisted to the left," she remarks. "It's
also another indication of this run-amok political correctness that
is going on. Imagine how the families of terror victims must feel
when they see something like this."
The Post article points out that some of the most
notorious terrorists got their start on American campuses. Maras
has defended the exercise, saying it prepares students for careers
in intelligence, policing and counter-terrorism.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.