Johnstown Imam Tossed Out for Hirsi Ali ‘Death’ Comments
Imam Fouad ElBayly of the Johnstown Islamic Center, who said that author Ayaan Hirsi Ali deserved to be killed for her views on Islam, has been tossed out.
“The board and members of the Islamic Center of Johnstown were shocked and regret the comments made by Imam ElBayly regarding the visit of author Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The statements regarding the Islamic Center’s reaction to her visit were incorrect, unfounded and not the views of its members,” Dennis J. Stofko, the center’s attorney, said in a letter to the Tribune-Review.
Stofko indicated that ElBayly’s views “are not shared or tolerated by the Muslims” associated with the Johnstown center.
“The Islamic Center of Johnstown was established to foster religious tolerance, education and the exercise of its religious beliefs,” Stofko wrote, adding that members “strongly believe in exercising religious freedom, which is the right of all citizens. The Islamic Center of Johnstown sincerely respects the rights of individuals to speak their opinions openly and freely without the fear of reprisal.”
While this statement is welcome, are we really supposed to believe that Imam ElBayly’s views were completely unknown to the community before all of the recent media attention?
(Hat tip: LGF readers.)