What Happened to Harvard’s ‘Veritas’?

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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Thus the most dire and truly existential threat from Sharia is not merely its incompatibility with Western society, but its function as the calling card for Muslim extremist movements that seek to insinuate themselves into Western institutions to gain legitimacy for themselves and their ideology in order to facilitate their jihad and the ultimate triumphalist ascendancy of Islam.Yet this is what Kagan supported and advanced at Harvard for almost a decade, with no apparent opposition from faculty or administration.

Kagan’s support for Sharia at Harvard began in 2003 when she personally officiated over the establishment of an Islamic Finance Project at the law school. The project’s purpose is to promote Shariah-compliant finance (SCF) by enlisting in its service some of the nation’s most promising law students.

Kagan’s support for Sharia was again demonstrated later that same year when she whole-heartedly endorsed Professor Noah Feldman’s promotion of the Muslim Brotherhood and Shariah by honoring him with the endowed Bemis Chair in International Law. Feldman’s position on the importance of promoting Sharia law in the USA and giving it legal status and prestige alongside our own secular laws was well known.[3]

Kagan went on to even more vigorously promote Sharia Finance at Harvard when the Harvard University Islamic Finance Project hosted the Ninth Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance,  in March of 2010.

That same year she lobbied strongly against ROTC on Harvard’s campus, because of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which she felt discriminated against homosexuals.  But her supposedly principled concern for the equality of homosexuals in our armed forces stands in sharp contradistinction to her promotion of Sharia law and her quiescent acceptance of Prince al-Waleed bin Talal’s $20,000,000 gift in 2005 to fund a professorial chair at Harvard for the study of Islam and Sharia Law, the same Sharia law that legislates the execution of homosexuals[4].  Is she simply an egregious unadulterated hypocrite, or is there some other inducement to her self-contradictory behavior?  Certainly a professor of her rank and background cannot be clueless to the dangers of Sharia for homosexuals, and for all other non-Muslims as well.

Today there are three Saudi-funded institutions at Harvard for the study of Sharia law, thanks in part to Kagan’s energetic efforts.

Unless Kagan, now a supreme court justice, and her cohorts at Harvard are abysmally ignorant of the all-too-many core characteristics of Shariah that are an anathema to Western civilization, and ignorant as well of Shariah’s role as the “calling card” of Islamist terrorists, they are intentionally shilling for the same Muslim terrorists who have attacked our country and its allies, and who seek to destroy our democratic institutions and impose Islam on the West.

Shilling for the enemy in time of war is treason.

Notes:

[1] Unless otherwise noted, the following summary of Sharia law draws from the following sources, in which there are additional references and citations:

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/04/19/harvard-sharia-finance-laughing-all-the-way-to-the-westbank-and-selling-american-women-into-slavery-part-i/; http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2010/07/19/elena-kagan-will-she-tolerate-shariah-she-did-at-harvard/; http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/muslims-harvard-shill-for-islam-celebrate-sharia-law-its-desirable-chilling-effect-in-us/; and http://frontpagemag.com/2011/08/30/shilling-for-shariah/

[2] Probably the most thorough documentation of the threat of Shariah to the USA is Frank Gaffney’s book Shariah: the Threat to America (CSP, 2010), published by his Center for Security Policy (CSP).  The CSP’s website devoted to the question of Shariah in America, http://shariahthethreat.org/, offers a 17-chapter survey of the issues summarized above.

[3] See http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/magazine/16Shariah-t.html?pagewanted=all and http://harvardcrcl.org/2010/12/02/harvard-prof-noah-feldman-okla-anti-sharia-law-almost-certain-to-be-struck-down/ and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9QToVB6QaI for Feldman’s position on Sharia as a legal system to be implemented in America; and http://frontpagemag.com/2011/08/30/shilling-for-shariah/ for the problems inherent in Feldman’s position.Feldman’s speech on receiving the award was revealing: he advocated for an international, “outward interpretation” of the Constitution that could “require the U.S. to confer rights on citizens of other nations,” and allow for an “experimental Constitution.”  In other words, change our constitution and current legal system to accommodate foreign sensibilities.

[4] For more details on this issue see: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/21/courting-shariah/;

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2010/07/19/elena-kagan-will-she-tolerate-shariah-she-did-at-harvard/;http://mediamatters.org/research/201006170031; and  Dick Morris  http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=38175

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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?