Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Harvard Islamic chaplain Taha Abdul-Basser ’96 has recently come under fire for controversial statements in which he allegedly endorsed death as a punishment for Islamic apostates.
Melody Hu needs to clarify her clarification. "Serious conflict" probably means this student received threats of bodily harm.
Posted on 04/15/2009 8:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
15 Apr 2009
“I believe he doesn’t belong as the official chaplain,” said one Islamic student, who asked that he not be named to avoid conflicts with Muslim religious authorities.
“[His remarks] are the first step towards inciting intolerance and inciting people towards violence,” said a Muslim Harvard student, who requested that he not be named for fear of harming his relationship with the Islamic community.
A Muslim student at MIT, who also asked to remain anonymous to preserve his relationship with the Islamic community, said the chaplain’s remarks wrongly suggested that only Westerners and Westernized Muslims who did not fully understand Islam would find the killing of apostates objectionable.
15 Apr 2009
Christians do not fear the Christian community, Buddhists do not fear the Buddhist community, Hindus do not fear the Hindu community.??All religions are not equal.
Students from all other religions do not fear equally "serious conflict" with their respective religious authorities.??Students in the U.S. attending a major?university in a major city?do not?feel the need to speak anonymously when making very mildly critical remarks about a member of their religion.
And of course all other religions' leaders?do not?call for the murder of those outside their religion.? All other religions' core doctrines do not equally justify?the murder of non-Believers.? All religions are not equal.
One religion is different in the fear it?inculcates and in the religiously-justified violence it inspires.
Can Harvard students, and Harvard staff, pick up on the significance of that slight distinction?