I want to know what people think on this… Let’s get some commentary going.
Another wonderful, loving Imam, check out this non-infidel:
Imam Fouad ElBayly, president of the Johnstown Islamic Center, was among those who objected to Hirsi Ali’s appearance.
“She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death,” said ElBayly, who came to the U.S. from Egypt in 1976.
Hirsi Ali, an atheist, has been critical of many Muslim beliefs, particularly on subjects of sexual morality, the treatment of women and female genital mutilation. In her essay “The Caged Virgin,” she also wrote of punishment, noting that “a Muslim’s relationship with God is one of fear.”
“Our God demands total submission. He rewards you if you follow His rules meticulously. He punishes you cruelly if you break His rules, both on earth, with illness and natural disasters, and in the hereafter, with hellfire,” she wrote.
In some Muslim countries, such as Iran, apostasy — abandoning one’s religious belief — and blasphemy are considered punishable by death under sharia, a system of laws and customs that treats both public and private life as governable by God’s law.
Sharia is based largely on an interpretation of the Quran, the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed, a consensus of Islamic scholars and reasoning, according to the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. In some countries, sharia has been associated with stoning to death those who are accused of adultery, flogging for drinking wine and amputation of a hand for theft.
One of the most noted cases of apostasy in recent years involved author Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” offered an unflattering portrayal of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. The book prompted Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa — a religious decree — in 1989 calling for Rushdie’s assassination.
Although ElBayly believes a death sentence is warranted for Hirsi Ali, he stressed that America is not the jurisdiction where such a crime should be punished. Instead, Hirsi Ali should be judged in a Muslim country after being given a trial, he added.
Obviously this Imam is not only radical, but he truly believes in the foundations of conservative Islamic values. I would like to see the next moderate Muslim debate this man, rather than claim victim-hood. Rather than whine about Islamophobia, talk to me about how we, the infidels, and the moderate Islamics, can put a stop to these Imams preaching death to so many generations of our children. Where are the moderate Islamic voices?
Although most moderates are not radical, they most likely WOULD approve of American law that was greatly influenced by Islamic Sharia…this is happening right now in Europe, and it’s almost too late for them.
This is True Islam. If you speak against true Islamic values, you will be killed. Hence the silence… *crickets*
hat tip: instapundit