America takes another 40 steps (or 400 years) backwards.
Scholars Plan U.S.' First Four-Year Accredited Islamic College FOX news (hat tip Frank)
PLAINSBORO, N.J. — A group of American Muslims, led by two prominent scholars, is moving closer to fulfilling a vision of founding the first four-year accredited Islamic college in the United States, what some are calling a "Muslim Georgetown."
Advisers to the project have scheduled a June vote to decide whether the proposed Zaytuna College can open in the fall of next year, a major step toward developing the faith in America.
Imam Zaid Shakir and Sheik Hamza Yusuf of California have spent years planning the school, which will offer a liberal arts education and training in Islamic scholarship. Shakir, a California native, sees the school in the tradition of other religious groups that formed universities to educate leaders and carve a space in the mainstream of American life.
Academic jihad. Another giant leap is galloping sharia in America. Here's some background information on Sheik Hamza Yusef from Discover the Networks:
- Anti-Semitic and anti-American Islamic scholar
- “They [Americans] were ungrateful for the bounties of Allah, and so Allah caused them to taste fear and hunger.”
On September 9, 2001 – just two days before the al Qaeda attacks against America – UCLA’s Al-Talib magazine co-sponsored a benefit dinner titled “Justice for Imam Jamil Al-Amin” (aka H. Rap Brown) at UC Irvine. Al-Amin had recently been convicted of murdering an Atlanta police officer who was attempting to arrest him. Among the speakers at this benefit was Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, who spoke about the fate he foresaw for America:
They [Americans] were ungrateful for the bounties of Allah, and so Allah caused them to taste fear and hunger. That is one reason and, I would say, that this country is facing a very terrible fate. The reason for that is that this country stands condemned. It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned for what it did. . . . This country [America] unfortunately has a great, a great tribulation coming to it. And much of it is already here, yet people are too to illiterate to read the writing on the wall.
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The other "scholar," Imam Zaid Shakir, wrote of Israel in July 2006:
[...] However, in my opinion, the greater price lies in how the triumph of Zionism threatens to transform mainstream Judaism from a religion characterized by the loftiest of moral codes, to one that is willing to sacrifice its morality on the altar of political expediency.
The following is part of an effort by this writer to warn Muslims against allowing the reduction of our religion by similar political imperatives. We should never hope to see the day when, if possessing the requisite firepower, Muslims would visit upon the civilian population of Israel the sort of savage violence we see decimating the innocent civilians of Gaza and Lebanon.
Come to Connecticut USA and visit Masjid Al-Islam in New Haven and see for yourself the wahhabi legacy left by Zaid Shakir at this place. He single handedly did a lot to promote wahhabism in the USA and especially Connecticut, and thus far he has not yet recanted any of it.
His wahhabi influenced writings are still published in a local deobandi wahhabi monthly publication titled "Iqraa".
Zaid Shakir may be trying to "turn a new page" and come off a sufi or something, but he has yet to do work to reverse the wahhabi ideas that he worked hard to spread.
And the notoriously Jewicidal, leftopathic magazine, Tikkun, ran Zaid Shakir's "review" of the movie Obsession:
Imam Zaid Shakir’s Response to “Obsession” - Tikkun Magazine: Obsessed with Defamation and Slander
This past September, 28 million copies of the anti-Islamic propaganda documentary Obsession were distributed free of charge in what were considered the “swing” states in the past presidential election campaign. This effort was clearly designed to leverage the idea in the minds of some Americans that Senator Barack Obama is a Muslim (he is not), seeking to identify him with the images and statements of Muslims portrayed in the video. These portrayals give the impression that Islam is a fanatical, bloodthirsty religion, whose adherents are hell-bent on destroying America. By implying a connection between Senator Obama and “radical” Islam, the film sought to prove that Obama was too anti-American to be seriously considered for the highest office in this land.
The film is propaganda that relies in some instances on distorting the truth and in others on blatant lies or vile innuendos. The film points to some extreme doctrines that the overwhelming majority of Muslims readily condemn, implying that “radical” Islam is the new fascism and that it poses an existential threat to the United States. This allegation is false and dangerous. To support this allegation, the film’s producers juxtapose scenes of Nazi marches and other forms of political imagery with corresponding Muslim images. I have previously discussed the exaggerated nature of the Islamic threat (see newislamicdirections.com). There I wrote (in September 2008):
In recent days, surrogates of one of my opponents have been distributing, free of charge, a disturbing DVD entitled Obsession. This film attempts to portray the maniacal rants of a minuscule fringe of deluded Muslim fanatics as an existential threat to the United States that must be combated by the full might of the United States’ military and society. It tries to deceive you into believing that “Radical Islam” and “Islamo-Fascism” is the twenty-first-century equivalent of Hitler’s Germany. Both history and contemporary reality belie that claim. Nazi Germany was an industrialized state that had military means that rivaled or surpassed those of America. Had circumstances proved more favorable for the Germans, they could have well developed an atomic bomb before America. Similarly, under more fortuitous circumstances, Germany’s ballistic missile program, which produced the deadly V2 Rocket, and its fighter aircraft program, which introduced the Messerschmitt 262, the world’s first tactical jet fighter, could have given Germany a tactical advantage that could have turned the tide of the war in Hitler’s favor.
Looking at these two "scholars," one can only imagine the "education" students will be getting at the first Islamic university. Will our taxpayers be funding this?
We should be closing hotbeds of jihad, not standing by while they open more.