Brian McNair, a university professor at the Queensland University of Technology has been slammed online after publicly referring to Islam as “a cancer on the planet”.

The 57 year old media professor took to Twitter on Sunday following the recent terrorist attack in London where seven people were killed and 48 were injured.

“Enough! Islam is a cancer on the planet. It must be destroyed, or reformed. Soon. Zero tolerance!” – Brian McNair (@BrianMcnair)

The tweet drew a huge amount of attention from across the nation as it circulated around social media.

While some people praised the academic for “speaking up”, others were appalled and outraged by his bigoted comment.

The University was quick to respond to the tweet stating that “QUT does not endorse or condone these personal comments. These views do not reflect those of the university.”

Professor McNair later shared a video of singers Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus performing Don’t Dream it’s Over at the ‘One Love’ Manchester tribute concert. “Strong, sexy women slap Islam in the face”, he commented alongside the video.

Although McNair’s tweet has been deleted, people are still urging the University to take action towards this incident and to dismiss the professor from teaching.

QUT has not released any further comments regarding the tweet or McNair’s future career at the university.