Johnstown Islamic Center president calls for death of Dutch feminist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Posted by: ST on April 22, 2007 at 8:42 pm

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has the story (emphasis added):

A community debate over religious freedom surfaced in Western Pennsylvania last week when Dutch feminist author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who has lived under the threat of death for denouncing her Muslim upbringing, made an appearance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Islamic leaders tried to block the lecture, which was sponsored through an endowment from the Frank J. and Sylvia T. Pasquerilla Lecture Series. They argued that Hirsi Ali’s attacks against the Muslim faith in her book, “Infidel,” and movie, “Submission,” are “poisonous and unjustified” and create dissension in their community.

Although university officials listened to Islamic leaders’ concerns, the lecture planned last year took place Tuesday evening under tight security, with no incidents.

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.

“If it is found that a person is mentally unstable, or a child or disabled, there should be no punishment,” he said. “It’s a very merciful religion if you try to understand it.”

No thank you.

More from the article:

Zahida Chaudhary, a member of the education council and education secretary at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Monroeville, insisted that Islam is a peaceful religion.

“The Prophet Mohammed was a peacemaker and a role model for humanity,” she said. “My understanding is that he was a peaceful person who believed that religion was a choice. He tried to teach people and bring them into it, not punish them.”

Quite the contrary, actually. Jihad Watch notes the relevant passage in the Koran about those who convert from Islam:

Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:
Narrated ‘Ikrima:

Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to ‘Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn ‘Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anybody with Allah’s punishment (fire).’ I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”

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    1. benning says:

      Fouad ElBayly should be deported tomorrow.

    2. Great White Rat says:

      Unless he’s an American citizen, benning. If that’s the case, he should be indicted tomorrow for terroristic threats and held without bail.

    3. Baklava says:

      Merciful religion?? Oh my goodness. The guy is whack. And there are people who STILL believe that Islam is a “Religion of Peace”.

      Submit or Die is what they want. They say it time and time again. English is NOT THAT HARD PEOPLE.

      I will not submit and I don’t want women around me to have to submit. This nation should not have to submit or die.

      Kill the infidel and submit or die are phrases that Muslims MUST understand is what makes them the “enemy”. We want to live in freedom from their tyranny. Everyone here on earth should live free from their tyranny. But I’ll be satisfied if at least the U.S. is free from them.

      We should be free to LOVE and free to protect ourselves and free to worship who we want to worship and that is the plain simple fact of life.

      Sorry to vent but these people need to be shown jail for calling for someone’s death like this. It’s SIMPLE. Jail time. You do have freedom of speech but you are not allowed to call for someone elses death. That is not allowed. Last time I checked anyway….

    4. Drewsmom says:

      Why do we NEVER hear from the national organization of women on issues like these but they scream their heads of when partial birth abortion gets shot down in the SC. What a bunch of fools, both the peaceful islam leaders and our out of control NOW ladies.