UCLA Honors Sharia Apologist Khaled Abou El Fadl

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Sherman Jackson, who now occupies the Saudi-funded (and grandiosely titled) King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, followed, explaining that it was a “matter of duty to come and speak here today.” Adding to the chorus of voices lauding Abou El Fadl’s heroism against the supposed onslaught of American Islamophobia, Jackson—also known as Abdal Hakim Jackson—then noted:

I am an African-American convert to Islam. I live in a so-called democratic country. America has been a ‘democratic’ country for two-hundred years, and yet has a past of deep racial issues. . . . Fadl’s struggle is our struggle as a nation. What happens to Khaled happens to us.

Having stated at a December 2009 convention that “his primary commitment was to Allah, not to America,” Jackson’s contempt for American democracy is no surprise.

Jackson congratulated the students in attendance for having the “courage to stand up against Islamophobia” by celebrating Abou El Fadl’s storied career and concluded his talk with an Arabic adage: “Those who are silent in the face of injustice are dumb mutes.” As an advocate for implementing the barbarism of Sharia law in the U.S., Jackson clearly does not apply the same standard to himself. Moreover, it takes no “courage” to participate in an event characterized by intellectual and political uniformity.

Echoing the previous speakers, Susan Slymovics, UCLA anthropology professor and director of its Center for Near Eastern Studies, concluded the evening with another fawning tribute to Abou El Fadl, whose “brave research,” she claimed, “has raised awareness about racism and Islamophobia both domestically and abroad.” If “raising awareness” about a phenomenon that does not exist—Muslims in America and throughout the West continue to thrive and enjoy the same rights and privileges as everyone else—and that is designed to silence legitimate criticism while avoiding much-needed reform is a mark of courage, then Abou El Fadl is the bravest of men.

Using the occasion as an opportunity to claim widespread Islamophobia and to bash Israel, the U.S., and the West—all the while demonstrating a comical capacity for self-regard—these four speakers provided a fitting tribute to Abou El Fadl, who has made a career out of doing exactly the same thing. He should feel honored, indeed.

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  • RonCarnine

    Well UCLA here's another "islamophobe" checking in. Are you guys Idiots. Have you not looked into "Sharia" law at all? Where females are 2nd class citizens and non-Muslims are third class citizens? Do your students not swear to protect the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic when they become "officers of the court"? As a law enforcement officer I investigated the claims of Islam and found them to be anything but the "religion of peace". Sharia law orders beatings, executions in the most vicious of ways, limbs amputated, and requires the testimony of two women for every one man. You honor that? Have you not read this man's writings? Are you there? Do you ever listen at all? I think not, the lights are on at UCLA but no one is at home. Do you keep up at all on currents events? Did you not see the burned bodies of Nigerians in today's news? Boko Haram has the same doctrinal outlook as this man and you honor that? Unbelievable. All alumni should stop sending money to you until you wake up and look at the real world. You are an institution of "higher" learning? Higher than what?

  • Schlomotion

    These Muslim rallies at universities appear to be carbon copies of the Zionist ones. There really isn't any part of this article that cannot be easily reversed and make the same sense:

    "Academic self-congratulation reached new heights at the Harvard University, Cambridge on March 21, 2012, with “An Event Honoring Alan Dershowitz.” Distinguished Professor in US-Israeli Law and chair of the Jewish Studies Interdepartmental Program at Harvard—was feted by the Harvard Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Harvard School of Law Journal of Near Eastern and Israeli Law, the Harvard School of Law Jewish Law Students Association, and the Harvard School of Law Critical Race Studies Program. Eighty students, professors, and community members gathered to commemorate “the world’s leading authority on Israel and Judaism, and the prominent scholar in the field of human rights,” according to the event description. In reality, Dershowitz is an apologist for radical Zionism who routinely denies valid concerns over the human rights abuses inherent to Israeli expansionism while charging its critics with “Antisemitism.”

    Now really, Alan Dershowitz is not up Harvard's rear end like that, but Jewish groups have these kinds of self-congratulatory hoedowns all the time. It's probably where the Muslim groups found out how to do it.

    • Ghostwriter

      And you,Schlomotion are a vile anti-semite and an idiot.

      • Schlomotion

        That's a lot like Muslims telling women in T-shirts that they are naked, or chastising people for owning dogs. The epithets you use are so amazingly out of date. It's like being cursed out in 1870's Yiddish.

  • http://www.blancosblog.com R Field

    Follow the money. How much did UCLA receive from Saudi Arabia to install their Islamic studies chair? Everyone in the USA that cares for the freedoms and liberties their ancestors fought for needs to be Islamophobic, there is just cause ! No Go Zones next for LA. Wake up and defend yourselves. R Field Toronto Canada.

  • SoCalMike

    The Left, so-called liberals and progressives, don't feel like their feet are on the ground if they aren't helping people mass murder, destroy and enslave the free people of the West whom they despise more than anything.
    Government money tends to poison those who touch it and parasitic professors get paid lots of taxpayer money in spite of their idiotic whining about being poor.
    Sherman Jackson and Susan Slymovics are blinded by ideology. They can't see what's in front of their eyes because they can only see what they already believe and can't possibly see what they don't believe.
    Ideologues are mentally crippled yet regarded as our "best and brightest." Read Worst and Dimmest.

  • Davidka

    I was recently at the UCLA main library and was astonished to see someone in full chadoor, revealing nothing but his or her eyes. There was no way to know the identity of the person or even if it was male or female. Nor was there any way to know what the person could have been concealing when going in or out. I spoke to a campus policeman who said it is outrageous, but the employees in the library are under orders to allow such concealment and not to see whether anything is being taken out (such as valuable books) or anything unusual is being taken in and left there. Basically, people wearing Islamic guard are exempting from all normal security and anti-theft precautions and treated specially.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I didn't have time to read this article but the title, “UCLA Honors Sharia Apologist Khaled Abou El Fadl” did catch my eye. Since Islam first and foremost requires all Muslims to submit totally, completely, and unconditionally to the will of Allah (i.e, Sharia), while at the same time forbidding the freedom of conscience, and then enforcing that tenet by making blasphemy and apostasy capital offenses, is there any true Muslims that do not apologize for Sharia (i.e., the will of Allah)? Indeed, not apologizing for Sharia would constitute blasphemy, which under Islam is a capital offense.

    Hence, what is so surprising about El Fadl apologizing for Islam? I don't get it. Indeed, what would be more surprising is if El Fadl refused to apologize for Sharia, as that would constitute blasphemy, which again is a capital offense.

    Are is it surprising that UCLA honors a Sharia apologist? Again, if that is what is so surprising, then someone is severely asleep at the wheel, as practically every Middle East Studies Department throughout Europe and the USA has been hijacked and co-opted by a cabal of delusional anti-American Leftists and Muslim covert and deceptive non-violent jihadists financed by millions of OPEC petro-dollars.

  • Ken

    There's not a hint that anyone commenting here has actually read the professor's work. There's as much diversity of thought in Islam as there is in any other religion.