A controversial University of Central Florida professor spoke before a full audience Tuesday night and warned that there is a "civilization jihad" being waged by Islamic fundamentalists on local, academic and political fronts.

"They'll try to white wash the crimes that Muslims have done," said Associate Professor Jonathan Matusitz, speaking before an Act! Space Coast meeting of nearly 200 people in the Brevard County Commissioner's meeting room in Viera.

Act! Space Coast was one of the citizen groups that raised questions to the school board about a ninth-grade world history textbook, saying it had a pro-Islamic bias. The school board took up the issue Tuesday night.

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