SBC Today is proud to announce another quality resource our readers may find beneficial. Recently inaugurated President of Truett McConnell College, Dr. Emir Caner, has updated his web site. Dr. Caner’s site contains all sorts of multimedia as well as a daily news summary involving the Islamic world. Additionally, he has started a weekly blog entry on the major issues of the day. Below we post his first article for his site.
Harvard, the United Nations, and Militant Islam:
How Liberals in the West Enable Islamic Violence
In an email intended to be kept private, Harvard Islamic chaplain Taha Abdul-Basser endorsed the traditional punishment for leaving the Islamic faith, the death penalty. The final paragraph of the email reads:
I would finally note that there is great wisdom (hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital punishment) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic modern human rights discourse, one should not dismiss it out of hand. The formal consideration of excuses for the accused and the absence of Muslim governmental authority in our case here in the North/West is for dealing with the issue practically. And Allah knows best.
According to this educated cleric who serves one of America’s leading institutions, the only barrier in implementing Islamic law on America is the present “governmental authority” and the “modern rights discourse.” In other words, pesky democracy and anti-Islamic freedoms are rudely, and perhaps temporarily, standing in the way of true peace as defined by traditional Islamic thought.
Basser’s advocacy of violence should not be surprising, especially considering that capital punishment for apostasy was implemented by the prophet himself. Muhammad stated clearly, “If a Muslim changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Bukhari hadith 9.57). In fact, the very next verse in thehadith – the sayings of Muhammad – details the execution of a Jew turned Muslim who reverted back to his old faith. Muhammad demanded this infidel’s death and then subsequently went to dinner and flippantly discussed various issues of the day. The peaceful prophet slept peacefully that night.
Now, fourteen centuries later, Western liberals are only enabling the violence wrought within traditional Islam. While an Islamic chaplain advocates the death of millions of infidels across the globe, Harvard remains as cowardly and silent as a Scandinavian government discussing the cartoons of Muhammad. Perhaps the leaders at Harvard will also apologize for the narrow-minded views of the West and their inability to understand the enlightening aspects of Islamic law. More likely, the administrators were blinded by the $20 million endowment given by the Saudi royal family to begin an Islamic Studies program. Receiving millions of dollars from a nation the proudly adheres to beheadings and maiming (Qur’an 5:33) has a way of being kinder and gentler with Islamofascists.
Of course, the liberal track record of bestowing privileges to the most deserving of nations is less than pristine. The United Nations gave Libya, which rejected the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the high honor of chairing the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In return for the privilege, Libya continued to follow Islamic law and exile, imprison, and kill innocent citizens. Surprisingly, Libya was not cited for any violations of human rights that year…
And now, America has changed. We no longer speak about a “war on terror,” but only contingency plans. Now, according to our own Department of Homeland Security, terrorists are defined as those right-wing, pro-life,anti-immigration, men and women who desire limited government and constitutional freedoms. Their definition of a terrorist makes it more likely that the government is watching a Southerner than a Saudi. According to our own government, you are most likely more dangerous to the world if you are named Bubba and not Osama. As Basser so aptly states, “Allah knows best.”