After the Islamic State terrorist known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi, Sky News unearthed a photo of him from his days at the University of Westminster in London. Much to the dismay of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Emwazi is wearing a team hat. "It is absolutely sickening to everyone within the Pirates organization, and to our great fans, to see this murderer wearing a Pirates cap in this old photo," says a team statement.
Westminster, meanwhile, is taking criticism for fostering an atmosphere that seems to embrace extremism. In the Washington Post, for example, former student Avinash Tharoor writes this:
- "Despite boasting an inspiring academic staff and vibrant student life, the university has a dark side to its campus culture. The ideological climate feels conducive for radicalization; even though the university never intended this, it seems to be a place where extremism can fester. I don’t know if that climate is what turned Mohammed Emwazi into Jihadi John, but Westminster was probably a factor in his radicalization."
The school has now postponed all "sensitive" events on campus, including a speech by an Islamic preacher who has described homosexuality as a "scourge," reports the Guardian
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