California prof’s required reading paints Osama bin Laden as a freedom fighter

Osama bin Laden was a freedom fighter and the U.S. is a “neocolonial power,” according to a California state university teacher whose writings are required reading for his political science students.

Emmit Evans, a political science lecturer at the public university Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, requires students in his “World Food Systems” class to read the textbook he co-authored, “The Other World.” In the book, about politics in the developing world, Evans offers up a sanitized version of the 9/11 mastermind and the terrorist group he headed.

“The Al Qaeda movement of Osama bin Laden is one example of an attempt to free a country (in this case, Saudi Arabia) from a corrupt and repressive regime propped up by a neocolonial power (in this case, the United States),” the book says.

At least one student found the description hard to swallow.

“It totally blew my mind that a professor would essentially call Al Qaeda a bunch of freedom fighters in required reading for class,” Aaron Bandler, a junior who took Evans’ class, told FoxNews.com.

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