Tennessee Tech University is a public university ranked among the Top 8 Public Schools in the South, and is located in beautiful Cookeville TN. For the past several years, as part of its orientation, incoming freshmen are required to read a book chosen by a select committee, under a program called the TN Tech University’s Common Book Project. This year, the university’s President Dr. Philip Oldham is excited to announce this years choice for the TN Tech University’s Common Book Project is “Acts of Faith” by Eboo Patel. Oldham states “Acts of Faith provides a message of faith, hope, choice and service that spans across disciplines”. Only Honor students are not required to read the book.
Mr Oldham further states “I am excited about Acts of Faith, and I look forward to talking to students and faculty about the book throughout the semester. I also am pleased to host the author, Eboo Patel, on campus Oct. 7. He is a dynamic speaker, and I look forward to hearing more about his perspectives on finding faith and serving others. Finally, I look forward to learning how this book has impacted you.”
One would think a President of such a University would research and vet authors and speakers before they step foot on their campus. There are a few problems with this book and its author.
Eboo Patel has been identified as one of 6 Muslim Brotherhood operatives working within the White House. His position currently is on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. Patel, who was a speaker at a 3 day conference held by the Muslim Student Association ( another MB organization) sat on a panel which included Tariq Ramadan, grandson of Hassan Al Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and Siraj Wahhaj, who was named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Wahhaj has also been known to support the Ikwhans position on an Islamic takeover over in America.
From Discover the Networks, In 2005 Patel and several young radicals co-authored the book Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out. Among Patel’s co-authors were Chesa Boudin (the adopted son of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers) and Ismail Khalidi (the son of Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi). The book’s Preface was written by Ayers’ wife, Weather Underground co-founder Bernardine Dohrn. The back cover featured an endorsement from the convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal. And on the Acknowledgments page, Patel and his fellow authors thanked Ayers personally for the “guidance” and “encouragement” he had provided.
As TN Tech is a public institution, this is wrong on so many levels. It is totally unacceptable tor President Oldham to use this book not only for its content but for the unsavory and criminal connections the author has. Allowing this author to present at the university is accepting and acknowledging those same connections.