The Daily Caller reported that former imam Fouad ElBayly, who once said Hirsi Ali earned a sentence of death for defaming Islam, is now a paid government contractor who will teach and role model for Muslim criminals at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. He has two contracts to teach and to provide “leadership and guidance.”
To have an imam who subscribes to death for apostasy leading and guiding criminals seems ill-advised, but it is Obamaland.
In fairness, he is a former corrections officer at a Pennsylvania penitentiary and his experience might have gotten him the job.
In April 2007, the Egyptian-born Fouad ElBayly said Hirsi Ali deserved death for apostasy. Ali fled The Netherlands and barely escaped death after making an unflattering film about Islam with Theo Van Gogh who was murdered by a radical Islamist. Ali abandoned Islam and is now an Atheist and an outspoken critic of Islam. [It was a short, excellent, well-researched film by the way]
ElBayly was quoted as saying that “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.”
Jihad Watch is a website run by Robert Spencer, an author, blogger, and critic of radical Islam. In 2007, he posted an exchange on his blog between a reader and Fouad ElBayly. Take it for what it is but it’s worth reading and considering.
A Jihad Watch reader picked up the phone earlier today and called Johnstown, Pennsylvania Imam Fouad ElBayly, who has said that Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be killed. To his surprise, ElBayly picked up the phone. From the reader’s email to me:
I called the number and someone picked up and said hello. I said I was calling with regard to Imam Fouad ElBayly.
The person on the other end said, “Speaking.” (!!!!)
Me: Is this Imam Fouad ElBayly?
Me: I understand that you called for the murder of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
ElBayly: Oh no no, that was not correct.
Me: I have the quote right here. You said, “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.”
ElBayly: Yes, but that is not my word. That is the call of God.
Me: So you said that.
ElBayly: Before anybody gets into the relations with Islam [I couldn’t type fast enough to type everything he said] … you don’t get into the relationship with Islam […] what Ali did is called corruption on earth. It is worse than murder. She was disturbing the peace. That is not a peaceful life.
By May, ElBayly was forced to step down as imam of The Islamic Center of Johnstown PA. though they hired him back soon after. The Mosque is tied to ISNA, a Muslim Brotherhood organization.
The Islamic Center’s lawyer Dennis J. Stofko wrote a letter to the local paper at the time which claimed that, “The board and members of the Islamic Center of Johnstown were shocked and regret the comments made by Imam Elbayly…”
Elbayly offered a half-hearted apology – “I was mistaken in my understanding of that issue. I misspoke and I apologize”.
Soon after, he was back on the job.
On the Johnstown Mosque website, he wrote: “Terrorist activity is not Islam, Muslims should be seeking ways to live in peace” – Imam.
Not talking about death penalties for exercising free speech might be a good place to get going on that mission “to live in peace”.