Pamela Geller, Human Events: Silencing Free Speech



Nonie Darwish, the executive director of Former Muslims United and author of Cruel And Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law,
was scheduled to speak at Columbia and Princeton last week, but both
events were canceled under pressure from Muslim groups on campus.

a soft-spoken ex-Muslim and daughter of an Islamic martyr, is a
champion of the rights of women and non-Muslims in Islamic societies,
and leader of the group Arabs for Israel. She had been planning to
speak on “Sharia Law and Perspectives on Israel.” She is one of the few
courageous voices who speak out against Islamic anti-Semitism and the
oppression of women under Sharia.

At Princeton, she was
invited three weeks ago and was scheduled to speak last Wednesday. But
on Tuesday evening, Arab Society president Sami Yabroudi and former
president Sarah Mousa issued a joint statement, claiming: “Nonie
Darwish is to Arabs and Muslims what Ku Klux Klan members, skinheads
and neo-Nazis are to other minorities, and we decided that the role of
her talk in the logical, intellectual discourse espoused by Princeton
University needed to be questioned.”

One more thing that's germane. Kam (and later) nob pointed this out:

Sohaib Sultan, who helped get the Darwish
lecture canceled, wrote the book
The Koran
for Dummies
. In that book he says that the
medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir is the “most referred to” authority on Islam
“in the Muslim world today.” Sultan says that Ibn Kathir offers “an excellent
collection of historical analysis on the Koran and his mastery of Islamic law
makes his insights especially interesting.” Yet Ibn Kathir taught that Muslims
should wage jihad war against Jews and Christians and impose laws upon them that
would make them  “disgraced, humiliated and belittled.” Ibn Kathir said that
“Muslims are not allowed to honor the people of Dhimmah [Jews and Christians] or
elevate them above Muslims, for they are miserable, disgraced and

So who is more like
the KKK or neo-Nazis? A courageous woman standing up for human rights for Muslim
women and ex-Muslims, or a Muslim imam who holds up as an authority someone who
says that non-Muslims should be “disgraced, humiliated and belittled”?

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