Dumbest Professor in the World Explains Why Mohammed Filmmaker Should Go To Jail

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


There is no legitimate reason why making a movie about Mohammed as a violent mass murderer should be illegal, apart from the inconvenience of having Muslim violently commit mass murder in response to such a movie, thereby completely disproving its thesis. In an accomplishment of equal self-contradiction, Anthea Butler, a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania which really will hire absolutely anyone wrote an Op-Ed for USA Today explaining why the Mohammed filmmaker belongs in prison.

If there’s anything that nullifies the argument for a college education, it would be the fact that Anthea Butler, despite having fewer brain cells than most lab monkeys and no ability to detect when she is contradicting herself in the same sentence, is a college professor at UPenn.

My initial tweet about Bacile, the person said to be responsible for the film mocking the prophet Mohammed, was not because I am against the First Amendment.

Clearly not. Suggesting that people go to jail for their speech is what supporters of the First Amendment usually do.

If there is anyone who values free speech, it is a tenured professor!

Tenured professors value their speech, not the free speech of people who disagree with them, which is what her entire response proves.

So why did I tweet that Bacile should be in jail? The “free speech” in Bacile’s film is not about expressing a personal opinion about Islam. It denigrates the religion by depicting the faith’s founder in several ludicrous and historically inaccurate scenes to incite and inflame viewers.

So which part of that isn’t a personal opinion?

Is Anthea Butler saying that personal opinions become illegal when in the opinion of an Associate Prof at UPenn they are “historically inaccurate”. Or is she saying that inflammatory personal opinions can be illegal?

Bacile’s movie is not the first to denigrate a religious figure, nor will it be the last. The Last Temptation of Christ was protested vigorously. The difference is that Bacile indirectly and inadvertently inflamed people half a world away, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Embassy personnel.

Case in point: Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Jones on Wednesday to ask him to stop promoting Bacile’s film. Clearly, the military considers the film a serious threat to national security. If the military takes it seriously, there should be consequences for putting American lives at risk.

In Paragraph 1, Anthea Butler states that “Bacile’s” actions were indirect and inadvertent. In another paragraph she claims that because General Dempsey called a third party to ask him to stop promoting the movie… Bacile should go to jail.

Does Butler really think that the military should be in charge of deciding whether people go to jail for a personal opinion?

While the First Amendment right to free expression is important, it is also important to remember that other countries and cultures do not have to understand or respect our right.

They don’t have to understand or respect it, they just can’t react by killing us or there will be consequences.

Is Butler arguing that the filmmaker should go to jail because

1. Because she claims the movie was historically inaccurate

2. Because the movie inadvertently offended Muslims into getting violent

3. Because the military is opposed to it

No one knows because Anthea Butler is no more capable of putting together a coherent argument than of fixing her hair.

  • demorepublicratican

    All Hail Affirmative Action, placing the unqualified in positions of importance for almost 50 years!

    • BS77

      She belongs on the View with Whoopi and the other hacks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/joyluvjesus Joy Temple

    "No one knows because Anthea Butler is no more capable of putting together a coherent argument than of fixing her hair."
    You must be Raaaaaaaaaaaacist!
    Stay away from the peanut butter.

  • g_jochnowitz

    She was unknown. Why give her publicity?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      She was known and got an op ed in USA Today.

  • גבר עצוב

    Mr Jochnowitz makes a good point, however, the brutal truth is that "Professor" Anthea Butler, an ignorant, bigoted imbecile ludicrously wearing the garb of a scholar, represents the face of an inexorable future, and possibly the downfall of this country. After all, this country elected B. Hussein Obama. Specifically giving her publicity, or not, will make no difference either way.

    The face of American academia, circa, oh, I don't know, say some Tuesday in, say, 1971?: a bearded, highly intelligent, tragically liberal Jewish professor of chemistry at, oh … let's say University of Chicago. He may have grown up in Brownsville in NYC, with his solid record of real scholarship as true as was his having marched against "The War," earning his cred by shouting "free Huey, off the pigs"… his brown sport coat with the corduroy patches at the elbows his badge of honor, no corporate man, he … but this guy really DID have a high IQ, actually had a brain that functioned, had a Bar Mitzvah (although his Jewishness was beginning to trouble him, since, as a good leftist, he was beginning to be conflicted about Israel) …. time passed … and passes…

    Today? the old Jewish guys are retiring, now praying catechisms to Obama, not comprehending what their foolish liberalism has wrought (I've never – event to this moment – understood: how can the high IQs of my fellow Jews POSSIBLY have allowed them to miss what their idiotic liberalism has done????) …

    …and the changing of the guard? It has produced a faculty of actually STUPID people, not just misguided liberals of high intelligence, but authentically stupid people like "Professor" Anthea Butler … in the name of crap, after all, Cornel West is actually regarded as a "professor" The clothes-less emperor is hailed and re-hailed …

    … and the people of this country elected, yes actually elected as President, a man named Barak Hussein Obama for G-d's sake!!!!

    Hashem, on this day of Erev Rosh Hashanah, please help us!

    • https://www.facebook.com/wtmurphy William Murphy

      I am not a US citizen but as a citizen of the World and an avid supporter of Israel and the Jewish People, your comment is both refreshing and timely. I salute you!

      • גבר עצוב

        Thank you for your kind words. However, the sadness inside me will not leave: a great Nation, imperfect, but the light of civilization nevertheless, is committing suicide before our eyes. My fellow Jews and I, including all those hopelessly blinded by well-intended liberal nonsense, will be the amongst first to suffer should a new Dark Age befall us, but in due course all of humanity will suffer, as was the case in the first Dark Age. Should the US change beyond recognition, which is how the downfall would most likely occur, as opposed to an actual Roman Empire-type fall), it is a certainty that civilization will halt and reverse across the planet.

        I am not giving up, and am doing my best to spread the word to friends and acquaintances to THINK and to VOTE, but I am under no illusions. We are all in grave danger, especially our children.

  • rejectedWhiteDude

    Penn won't hire anyone unless it helps them with their affirmative action goals

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Does she also qualify under the mentally challenged quota?

  • texasron

    Does she also propose to send Jeremiah Wright for asking God to damn the US?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      No, because the military didn't call Wright and ask him to stop.

  • John Stewart

    Why do you have an article about a communist college hack and a photo of Don King? Talk about inconsistency.

  • http://rau.3littlefoxes.com Lfox328

    Dumbest professor?

    How could you decide on ONE person, when there are so many that qualify?

  • Steve

    She is wrong – it wasn't inadvertent. It was deliberate provocation.