Ryan Mauro, of the Clarion Project, a group that challenges extremism and promotes dialogue, reports that a Florida Atlantic University professor and mosque official has been exposed as an Islamic radical.
Associate professor of computer science and engineering, Bassem Al-Halabi has been videotaped endorsing the severing of hands as taught under sharia governance. On another occasion Professor Halabi supported outlawing certain kinds of speech and public discourse that he perceives as “blasphemous,” like criticizing Islam.
The panel on which Professor Al-Halabi took part included other troubling participants. The organizer posted on Facebook statements about “wiping out the CIA” and “Zionist/Israelis are not holy people. They are demonic and the most evil on earth.” On the video Al-Halabi says:
“Where there is no sharia … they die in dozens and hundreds every day because of organized crime. People kill people, other people or steal pizza for $10 and so—when Islamic sharia is saying about capital punishment—even so 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 it 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.”
The Islamic speaker next to the professor heard the audience’s booing and jumped in to clarify the professor’s statement by saying that the professor was only talking about the practice of ISIS severing of hands and not about it being for America. Al-Halabi nodded agreement; yet that does really change the fact that the professor endorses severing hands. Does he think that severing hands in Kurdistan is OK, as long as it is not practiced in America?
Moreover, such brutality has never worked. Saudi Arabia and Iran, to name a few, use the most barbaric of methods on malefactors, but that has neither cut down on the rapid growth of narcotics’ addiction, nor has it stopped the murder of husbands by wives who no longer want to be brutalized, nor has it stopped thievery and a host of other crimes.
Al-Halabi is a co-founder of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, which has a history of radicalism. The extremism of this center, and the history of Professor Al-Halabi, has been meticulously documented by Joe Kaufman of Americans Against Hate, including its links to Hamas and anti-Semitic radicalism.
Florida Atlantic University advertises itself as a progressive, liberal arts school. When it opened in 1964 it had 867 students. As of 2012 the enrollment had grown to more than 30,000 students. Its motto: “Where Tomorrow Begins.”
Hopefully, tomorrow won’t begin with the United States under sharia law.