Most of you are probably familiar with the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She was born a Muslim, but is now an atheist who is critical of the violence and misogyny inherent in Islam as it is practiced virtually everywhere in the world. Because of her opposition to things like suicide bombing and female genital mutilation, she has been targeted by Muslim groups, peaceful and otherwise, and their fellow travelers in the secular West for silencing.
One of those people trying to silence her is a radical Islamist imam who tries to disguise himself as a non-terror-sympathizer. (The term taqqiya comes to mind here.) Ali made him sort of famous when she outed him as a federal contractor, wait for it, teaching Islam in a federal prison:
Less than a year after I moved to the United States in 2006, I was asked to speak at the University of Pittsburgh. Among those who objected to my appearance was a local imam,Fouad El Bayly, of the Johnstown Islamic Center. Mr. Bayly was born in Egypt but has lived in the U.S. since 1976. In his own words, I had “been identified as one who has defamed the faith.” As he explained at the time: “If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.”
After a local newspaper reported Mr. Bayly’s comments, he was forced to resign from the Islamic Center. That was the last I would hear of him—or so I thought.
Imagine my surprise when I learned recently that the man who threatened me with death for apostasy is being paid by the U.S. Justice Department to teach Islam in American jails.
According to records on the federal site USASpending.gov and first reported by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, the Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded Mr. Bayly a $10,500 contract in February 2014 to provide “religious services, leadership and guidance” to inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md. Ten months later he received another federal contract, worth $2,400, to provide “Muslim classes for inmates” at the same prison.
(This is the kind of stuff that makes you ask yourself, “if Barack Obama were a Muslim fundamentalist hellbent on damaging the United States, how would his actions be any different from those he has taken?”)
Eventually, El Bayly was fired as an Islamic indoctrinator but he remained on at his post as imam at the Islamic Center of Johnstown — yes, I, too, was surprised such a thing existed as a mosque in Johnstown. In a singular act of arrogance, disrespect, and hubris, El Bayly led the prayer at an interfaith service honoring those killed in Paris by people who believe very much the same thing that he does: that murder is justifiable if it furthers Islam. (There is much more detail here, please click and give them a visit.)
This underscores why “tolerance” is going to be the death of us. We don’t have the moral courage to denounce these hate-mongers and shun them. Instead, we bring El Bayly and his ilk into prisons and houses of worship to teach hate to others, to justify violence in the name of Islam, and we give them center stage at an event from which a sane society would have driven them with torches, stones, and brickbats.