What happens to an American college professor when he openly and publicly endorses Shariah law as practiced by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS?
Just ask Bassem Al-Halabi, associate professor of engineering and computer science at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
It’s been more than two weeks since he made the inflammatory comment at an “Islamophobia” panel discussion sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Student Association, or MSA. He is still employed at the public university and being paid by U.S. tax dollars, WND has confirmed.
The event, held on the campus May 23, took an unexpected turn when Halabi, who is the university’s student adviser to the MSA and one of several “experts” to speak on “Islamophobia” in America, took a stance in defense of hardline Islamic law.
Here is what he said:
“Where there is no Shariah, Islamic Shariah, they die in dozens and hundreds every day because of organized crime. People kill people, other people or steal pizza for $10 – so when Islamic Shariah is saying about capital punishment – so even though it sounds like it is severe but if that is the solution to prevent any crimes, then it still has a lot of rules and regulations. I will just mention one and stop here, which is let’s say cutting off the hands of a person if they steal. It sounds very severe. It sounds very barbaric, I know. But if takes one or two people to have their hands cut off, and then there’s no more stealing and there’s no more stealing in the whole nation – that’s a much better resolution than having hundreds of people die every day.”
Audible gasps could be heard from the audience as Halabi spoke these words.
Watch video showing Professor Halabi’s comments at a recent “Islamophobia” conference at Florida Atlantic University.
The College Fix reported it this way:
“As you might expect, this caused a bit of consternation among those in the audience (is that ‘Islamophobic’?), so an Islamic scholar seated next to al Halabi quickly interjected to ‘clarify’ what the professor had meant: He was referring to Islamic State (ISIS) law, and not anything that would apply here in the United States.”
WND contacted Florida Atlantic University’s media relations department repeatedly seeking comment on whether professor Halabi had been disciplined in any way for his controversial comments.
Joshua Glanzer, vice president of media relations for FAU, was called twice and emailed.
WND confirmed through a switchboard operator for the department of engineering and computer science that Halabi is still employed as a professor at the university. Calls to his office went unanswered, and his voicemail said it was not receiving messages.
“One wonders which of Caitlyn Jenner’s appendages the good professor would want amputated?” said Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of “Legacy of Jihad” and several other books about the history Islam.
Part of Shariah law includes harsh treatment of homosexuals and transgenders. Shariah comes from the Quran and from the teachings of Muhammad.
Kudos for honesty
But Bostom said Halabi is to be commended, not chastised, for his honesty.
“In all seriousness, the man is simply a pious, Shariah-compliant Muslim making a mainstream Islamic argument for the ‘justice’ of the Shariah,” he said. “Welcome to post-constitutional America, where even Supreme Court Justice Kagan promoted Shariah at Harvard Law School under the rubric of the al-Sanhuri lecture series, etc.”
Clare Lopez, vice president of policy and analysis for the Center for Security Policy, a think tank in Washington, also took a sanguine view of the matter.
“In some sense, honest discussion about what Islamic law (Shariah) really entails is not altogether a bad thing,” she told WND.
“Instead of castigating this professor, who’s not radical at all, merely honest, they ought to invite him to convene a panel presentation to discuss a full range of Shariah injunctions, most especially to focus on the seven Hudud crimes and punishments … as long as he agrees to cite specifically and only to the authoritative Islamic sources, such as Quran, Sunna and relevant tafsirs,” she added.
“I think such a presentation could be enormously useful to an academic audience that is terribly ignorant about such things,” Lopez said. “It would certainly help them to understand why words like ‘extremist,’ ‘Islamist’ and ‘radical’ have no meaning in this context. Shariah defines Islam.”
WND has reported on many questionable teachings from professors over the years espousing everything from communist ideals to Shariah law.
WND reported recently that Yasir Kazi, an American imam and professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, was teaching that Christians were “filthy” in the sight of Allah.
Time to wake up?
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said Americans should wake up and smell the coffee, before it turns poisonous.
“Never question the sincerity and authenticity of a true believer who follows Shariah law,” said Bachmann, who tried to get Congress to pass laws against Shariah but got zero cooperation.
“Freedom of religion, other than Shariah, doesn’t exist under Islam,” she said. “Americans need to wipe the cobwebs from their minds and understand that true Islam means to exterminate the non-Islamic believer. Really.”
Lopez said Muslims are obligated to obey Shariah and their failure to do so will count against them on the Day of Judgment, according to Islamic doctrine, just as obeying Shariah will weigh in their favor.
“Nothing ‘extremist,’ ‘Islamist’ or ‘radical’ about this: Obedience to Shariah is simply what it means to be Muslim,” she said. “Accurate, honest discussion about Shariah is to be encouraged in the academic environment.”
Zero action, zero news coverage
Carl Gallups, a pastor for the last 30 years at Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, said Florida Atlantic University has been caught with its pants down and should be given an award for holding a double standard of epoch proportions.
“What if this ‘professor’ (AKA Muslim Brotherhood operative in the U.S.) had been a Christian or a Jewish professor and passionately advocated the United States convert to a system of law based on strict Old Testament or Christian law?” Gallups asked. “I have little doubt under today’s Islamic slanted, politically correct environment if he would still be employed at a major publicly funded U.S. university like Florida Atlantic.”
It’s also telling that no coverage to Halabi’s comments has been provided by CNN, Fox News or any of the other major American newspapers or TV networks.
“I seriously doubt the mainstream media would be silent about a Jewish or Christian professor spouting ‘radical’ ideas that would throw us back centuries to when homosexuals were put to death, or when women were stoned for being prostitutes or adulterers,” said Gallups, author of “Final Warning” and other books.
“I do not recall having seen any coverage of the FAU Muslim professor’s comments by the mainstream media outlets. What are they afraid of? More importantly, what are they hiding? Surely a story of this magnitude would have been on their ‘newsworthy’ radar? It certainly would have been if the speaker had been a conservative Christian or an Orthodox Jew.”
If a conservative evangelical pastor were to appear at a lecture hall in a public university and espouse that “Christian law” should be applied to the Muslim nations and culture, and how “superior” that law is to Islamic Shariah, Gallups said it would be major news.
According The United West, professor Halabi has a record for battery and assault (on a United West employee) and was subsequently ordered to complete an anger management course. He also was found guilty of sending “thermal imaging devices” to Syria, and is a “colleague of, and co-author with” convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian.
From a Christian perspective, Gallups said pastors and church-going Christians also need to make their voices heard on this developing double standard being propagated by the hard left and typically goes unchallenged.
“Christians in America had better start standing up and speaking out against this continual onslaught of Shariah brainwashing happening within our constitutional republic,” he said. “If we continue to check out from being the salt and light that Jesus called us to be – we will soon lose everything. And, I can promise you, our children and grandchildren will not, in the future, call our generation ‘The Greatest Generation.’ Rather, we will be known as the generation that lost their heritage to Islamic dominance.”