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Today in Conservative Media: Some Sharia and Jesus News

Rep. Devin Nunes.

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On Tuesday, many conservative outlets turned their attention to Rollins College, a private liberal arts school in Winter Park, Florida. According to Heat Street, “A Christian student claims to have be [sic] suspended from Rollins College after calling out his radical Muslim professor’s remarks on Christianity, including that Jesus’s crucifixion never happened.” Expanding on this, the Daily Caller writes, “After [student Marshall] Polston challenged [professor Areeje] Zufari on this point, he received a 52 percent on an essay and says the professor refused to explain why. He was later reportedly suspended.”

The Blaze, which also covered the story, cites “a letter obtained by the [Central Florida] Post,” that reportedly confirms Polston was suspended because he represented a “‘threat of disruption’ and is ‘jeopardizing the safety and well-being’ of the college.” The Blaze goes on, “The letter doesn’t state exactly what Polston did to become a security concern or which student rules he broke.” The Daily Caller and other publications also repeat Polston’s claim that “a male Muslim student suggested that adulterers, gays, and thieves should be decapitated” in a classroom discussion of sharia law. (As Reason notes, “The available reporting on the pro-shariah law student’s comments leaves much to be desired. It’s not completely clear whether he was merely stating the shariah law position on adulterers and gay people, or endorsing it.”)

Though conservative publications do not seem to have reached out to Zufari for comment, the Daily Caller ran an opinion piece titled, “Three Questions That a Muslim Professor Can’t Answer About Jesus’ Resurrection.” Those questions included, “Was Jesus lord, liar or lunatic?” and “Why would the disciples die for a lie?”

In other news:

In the face of mounting criticism of Rep. Devin Nunes, many conservative publications stepped up to defend the House Intelligence Committee chairman. A Federalist headline, for example, read simply, “Devin Nunes Has Absolutely No Reason to Recuse Himself.” That post went on to ask, “Even if we concede, for the sake of argument, that Nunes had been ethically compromised, does the information attained in the effort become less valid?” Breitbart referenced Rep. Trey Gowdy’s rejection of the accusations against Nunes, writing, “Gowdy dismissed Schumer’s calls and said that Nunes had done nothing wrong with his investigatory efforts as committee chairman.” And LifeZette, which called complaints against Nunes “[d]ubious” suggested that Democrats were just upset that their own narrative was falling apart:

The calls for a resignation are not necessarily a sign Nunes is in trouble. Rather, they are likely a sign that Democrats feel Nunes’ remarks—that Trump and his transition team were incidentally monitored, that their identities were deliberately “unmasked,” and that the raw intelligence was inappropriately shared throughout levels of government—have mortally wounded the narrative that Trump and his surrogates were tools of the Russians in the election.

On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said he was happy that Nunes intended to keep himself in the mix: “He says he’s not gonna do it, thank goodness. The Republicans have become known as the recusal party, so I’m glad that Nunes is hanging tough.

Breitbart, meanwhile, found success on Facebook with two posts proposing that Hillary Clinton is the one with the Russia problem: