So. Utah Democrats present lecture on ISIS, media’s portrayal of Islamic Religion

CEDAR CITY — The Southern Utah Democrats are hosting a lecture titled “ISIS and the Media’s Portrayal of the Islamic Religion” to be led by Michael Stathis, a professor of political science on Tuesday at Southern Utah University.

ISIS, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State, rules through Sharia law and aims to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria. The group currently controls hundreds of square miles, ignores international borders and has a presence from Syria’s Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad.

The discussion will center on the ISIS conflict and how the media portrays the Islamic religion in the light of terrorists.

Stathis is currently a tenured professor of political science and international relations in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at SUU. He began teaching political science in 1974 and started teaching at SUU in 1991.

Stathis received a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science in 1971 from the University of Utah and his Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Middle East Center at the University of Utah in 1976. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science: International Relations (Law, Organization and Politics) at the University of Utah in 1995.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sterling R. Church Auditorium inside the Sharwan Smith Student Center at Southern Utah University. Students and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

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15 Comments

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Religious nutcases come in all forms, but I can tell you this: ISLAM BREEDS TERRORISTS NO MATTER WHAT. This is not a “nice” religion.

    • Koolaid October 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Religious nutcases… Are you referring to mormon or muslim? Striking similarities between the two with the religious controlling overreach into government and every facet of everyone’s life.

      • Old Man October 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm

        I’ve asked this you before and you hide and never answer. Do you hate all religion or just the Morons. What religion do you live.
        Man Up.

      • Old Man October 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        Thats the Mormons

        • Graf Von Koolaid October 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

          I hate all morons, regardless of which religion they cloak their hateful and corrupted ways. As said, you have an overly controlling government in your city. Which religion do they cloak their behavior behind? You know, that other M religion (not muslim).

  • Dana October 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Here comes the apologists to tell us not to be concerned with the “JV” team.

  • Chuck Brown October 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Islam is not a religion, its a CULT..and Obama’s/Democratic/liberal media is way too soft, hell they don’t even report important real news anymore anyway. The Obama administration still haven’t condemn the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization..What do you expect when your have Barack Hussein Obama(muslim name) occupying the White House and holding American people hostage? America is in for a rude of a awakening. Its totally disgusting what Obama is doing to this country..

    • Graf Von Koolaid October 28, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Interesting that some of the worst terrorist group leaders (Osama Bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi) were eliminated under the Obama Administration. Sith Lord Bush was too occupied with vacationing in Texas during his 8 years to pursue them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1wCdvwcNxw

    • tc rider October 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

      chuck, if you had it your way, there would only be one party and then we would be considered communists, because one party spells dictatorship.

      • Graf Von Koolaid October 29, 2014 at 10:08 am

        That title is already been taken by the dictators in your St George city government.

  • el jefe October 28, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I wonder h many DemocRat candidates running for any, local state or federal office, support sharia law? Engelman , Van Dam, Debbie Wassean-Shultz?????

    • Bender October 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Yeah, probably all of the Democrats are closet Muslims who want conservative Muslim religious whackjobs regulating our lives EL JEFE. I mean all of them do in the small, pathetic domain which is EL JEFE’s mind. In the actual real world, none.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP October 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    If they were white guys instead of Arab Muslims we could call them Vanilla ISIS.

  • Walter October 29, 2014 at 9:46 am

    What is the date of this lecture?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic October 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

      It was yesterday, Walter. Oct. 28.

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