What Happened to Harvard’s ‘Veritas’?


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The official seal of Harvard University bears the four Latin words “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae” (“the truth of Christ and the church”). Today, most reproductions of Harvard’s seal omit the last three words.  But it seems that all too many of Harvard’s faculty and governance have decided to ignore the first one as well.

The present writer’s assessment of Harvard’s hosting extreme anti-Israel hate-fest events, and of its programs that provide almost exclusively anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian propaganda of a deeply misleading and often mendacious nature masquerading as educational outreach for high school and college students, demonstrated Harvard’s official institutionalization and legitimization of Islamic anti-Israel, anti-Jewish and anti-American ideologies, and its promotion of these ideologies to its students and others.

Perhaps the most egregious example of this figurative erasure of “veritas” from Harvard’s vision of its august educational mission is Justice Elena Kagan’s energetic efforts to promote the advancement of Islamic Sharia law in the form of Sharia finance studies during her tenure as Dean of the Harvard Law School.

But to understand the dangerous, perhaps even treasonous, nature of Kagan’s actions, one must first review why Sharia finance and Sharia law are problematic for any Western institution.

Sharia finance includes the Islamic legal requirement that 2.5% of the principal of any investment be donated annually to charitable institutions, that recipients of their investment are fined 7% for transgressions of Shariah law (and the 7%  is donated to charity), and that the principal be invested only in projects compliant with the rules of Shariah.

The decisions as to which projects are compliant, which recipients have transgressed, and which charities receive the fines and the 2.5% contributions, are made by Shariah Compliance Boards appointed by the financial institution.  Such Boards may include radical Muslim extremists who routinely designate terrorist-linked entities to receive their charitable donations.  So Sharia finance regulations have the potential to create a new and lucrative channel for funding terrorism against Israel, against the USA, and against any country targeted by Muslim terrorists.

But there is another and even more threatening aspect of Sharia finance.[1] Shariah (lit. a path, a way) law is the product of Muslim jurists who use the Qur’an, the extra-Qur’anic accounts of Mohammed’s teachings, analogical reasoning, and consensus to create Muslim law.  Unfortunately, this 1,400 year-old process has created a body of jurisprudence that is fundamentally opposed to the concepts of human equality and personal freedom that are the foundations of Western civilization.

Requirements of Shariah law that are most antithetical to Western society include:

  • Condoning the murder, preferably by stoning, of women for sexual transgressions or even for the accusation of sexual transgressions;
  • Condoning forced marriages and marriage of under-aged girls;
  • Condoning wife beating and marital rape;
  • Establishing women’s legal status in courts to be literally half of a man’s (it takes two female witnesses to counter one male witness in court);
  • Requiring that female heirs receive only half of what males receive;
  • Requiring women to cover all of their body except hands and face;
  • Encouraging polygamy;
  • Prohibiting Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men;
  • Prohibiting homosexuality, with punishment of flogging or execution;
  • Prohibiting alcoholic beverages, gambling, music, much Western art;
  • Use of lex talionis (literally an eye for eye, tooth for tooth) as legal punishment;
  • Amputation, flogging, crucifixion, stoning and decapitation for a variety of crimes, many of which would be considered non-capital offenses or even torts by Western standards;
  • Death for insulting or criticizing Islam, Muslims, Mohammed, the Qur’an, Sharia, or Allah;
  • Requiring execution or assassination of Muslims who convert out of Islam;
  • Creating the dhimmi status for non-Muslims: a sub-class non-citizen denied civil and human rights;
  • Establishing the worth of a non-Muslim’s life as less than a Muslim’s;
  • Prohibiting the execution of a Muslim for the murder of a non-Muslim;
  • Requiring eternal jihad and exhorting Muslim leaders to abrogate treaties with non-Muslim countries if doing so will advance Jihad;

So Shariah is based upon a religious ideology that embraces the suppression of women, gender apartheid, religious apartheid, cruel and unusual punishment, the denial of basic Western freedoms of speech, thought, conscience, religion, and choice of life partner, and the maintenance of an eternal supremacist religious war against non-Muslims until Islam is the only, or at least the supreme, religion in the world.

Add to that the Global Sharia Movement,[2] with its own YouTube channel and Facebook pages, whose goal is the total islamization of the world, implementation of Shariah and abolition of democracy.  Unreal as this may sound, nearly 300 people attended a 2009 conference in Boston to participate in the Khalifah Conference on “The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam” organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), whose alumni include 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the late Iraqi terrorist leader Abu Musab az-Zarqawi and some would-be Hamas suicide bombers.  HT declared a new Caliphate, with its capital in Gaza City, in 2006; and it now seeks to establish that Caliphate and Shariah over the entire world.

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  • Anamah

    How dare you Harvard morons… put your pants and stop the shame. Useless idiots!

  • Alvaro

    One needs to stop the Saudi cash flow. It may look like money, but it is death and suffering they send.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      We need to buy all our oil from Canada, and stop funding our own death.

      • Kendi Kim

        No, we need to use electric cars or ride bicycles, and not get oil from anywhere.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          The computer keyboard was made with plastics from oil.
          Do you want to give it up?

  • Dispozadaburka

    Harvard is having FAREED ZAKARIA as the commencement speaker this year.

    Author of THE POST AMERICAN WORLD.

  • maturin20

    Harvard University has been in existence for 376 years. David Meir-Levi has at best about 25 years left. I bet my money that Harvard will still be chugging along in another 100 years, raking in the dough. Probably at that time, the Islamic Rapture predicted by these alarmists will still not have taken place. Harvard will probably be part of the North American Union and not the United States, but Muslims will most likely still not figure into the big picture.

  • Marty

    Both saudi arabia and harvard are morally bankrupt even if they are financially well endowed. I just returned from a study tour of Israel with a group of students from my own university. No saudi corruption here. The students met with arab and Jewish Israelis of the left, right, and center. We spoke with the mayor of Maale Adumin, two Knesset members (arab and Jewish) a Druse official, a palestinian woman who teaches mathematics and loves the Israeli pay scale, the arab christian co-owner of the restaurant in Haifa that was blown to bits by a female terrorist (who he said he cannot forgive) and many others. The students will put the truth together on their own instead of listening to some overpaid windbag tell them what to think and believe. This is what higher education is all about, learning not propaganda.

  • political_vacuum

    Pass the "Veritas" and chips. –

    The only "green" the 51% tax-payer ever sees, is tomatillo or, guacamole sauce.

  • http://vnnforum.com DeShawn

    You talk about Arab influence and money at Harvard but how about jews? Yeah, that's right, LOOK at your hypocrasy. http://www.alternativeright.com/main/blogs/untime

    • jane eyre

      What a brand new concept….

  • Ghostwriter

    Please,DeShawn. You're not fooling anyone with your Jew hatred. You're disgusting and vile.

  • maturin20

    The building is still there. Larry Summers is still sucking some money out of there. I really don't think Iranians are going to blow the place up anytime soon.

  • hajida

    Wise people prepare and fools wait.

  • maturin20

    Then why is Janet Napolitano categorizing all the "wise people who prepare" as terrorists?