Military instructor suspended over class against Islam

The course’s instructor, Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley, was “relieved of his instructor duties” until his previously scheduled transfer in August, Lapan said.


In his course on Islam, details of which were first reported by Wired’s Danger Room blog, Dooley taught that a “total war” against Islam was necessary, according to documents obtained by Danger Room.

Dempsey told reporters in May that the course “was just totally objectionable, against our values, and it wasn't academically sound.” 

“This wasn't about, you know, we’re pushing back on liberal thought,” he said. “This was just objectionable, academically irresponsible.”

The inquiry, which also examined whether there was adequate screening of course content, also recommended that the actions of two civilian officials at the Joint Forces Staff College be reviewed to determine if disciplinary action is necessary.

The review also proposed modifying the college’s processes for reviewing and approving curricula and better oversight of electives, Lapan said.