Human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali had a great op-ed in yesterdayâs Wall Street Journal where takes theÂ Justice DepartmentÂ to task for hiring radical imams to teach Islam to convicts:
Ms. Hirsi Ali writes:
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 âbeen identified as one who has defamed the faith.â As he explained at the time: âIf you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.â
After a local newspaper reported Mr. Baylyâs comments, he was forced to resign from the Islamic Center. That was the last I would hear of himâor 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.
Ha, probably. AndÂ Ms. Hirsi Ali wants you to know that this isnât just about her:
This isnât a story about one problematic imam, or about the misguided administration of a solitary prison. Several U.S. prison chaplains have been exposed in recent years as sympathetic to radical Islam, including Warith Deen Umar, who helped run the New York State Department of Correctional Servicesâ Islamic prison program for two decades, until 2000, and who praised the 9/11 hijackers in a 2003 interview with this newspaper.
That same year, the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism held hearings on radical Islamic clerics in U.S. prisons. Committee members voiced serious concerns over the vetting of Muslim prison chaplains and the extent of radical Islamist influences. Harley Lappin, director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the time, said that âinmates are particularly vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists,â and that âwe must guard against the spread of terrorism and extremist ideologies.â
Yet it is not clear what measuresâif anyâwere taken in response to those concerns.
Clueless in D.C.
Nope, it doesnât make sense â at all.