Never doubt the creativity of progressive professors.

One California genius has managed to tie a terror icon to his “World Food Systems” course. However, a savvy student found the concept “hard to swallow”.

Usama 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.

…”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

Asked about his line referencing Al Qaeda, Evans told in the language of academia that he merely presents facts and doesn’t moralize.

“With respect to my writings, they are empirical, not normative,” he said.

But Bandler said Evans’ bias showed throughout the course.

“He was encouraging us to be activists… the whole last part of the course was about how to cause ‘positive change’… but his examples of positive change were all stuff like Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and raising the minimum wage,” Bandler said. “He would say things like, ‘I know you guys can go out there and make things more sustainable.'”

Evans told that his class does indeed have a bias — one towards sustainability.