The following e-mail was sent to parents by Nazar Khodorovsky, a recent President of the Columbia College Conservative Club, about the speaker Columbia had chosen for their Baccalaureate.
This message is addressed to your parents and you who are undoubtedly eager and proud to celeberate your graduation by following in the time-honored Columbia tradition of attending the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 18, 2003, at St. Paul's Chapel.
This message is intended as a WARNING regarding the speaker who will deliver this year's Baccalaureate address.
The speaker in question is Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, Inc., a Sunni mosque in Harlem.
His biography can be found at: here.
While I commend the interfaith nature of the Baccalaureate Service, the speaker chosen this year is a highly controversial individual.
For starters, he opposed the post-9/11 war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, even participating in and organizing a 9/22/01 anti-war demonstration in Times Square.
He has organized his congregation for anti-war protests regarding "Operation Iraqi Freedom." He has coordinate his protests with the National Action Network, led by Rev. Al Sharpton.
Imam Talib Abdur Rashid has also claimed that the Qur'anic term "Jihad" has no relation to violence or holy war; he joined radical left-wing groups attacking an alleged "anti-Muslim backlash" post 9/11; he participated in a conference praising the 1960's radical Malcolm X; he also expressed support for another 1960's radical, H. Rap Brown, a domestic terrorist and recently jailed cop killer, now known as Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin.
With this message, I am NOT urging anyone to boycott the Baccalaureate Service. I just want this to serve as an ADVISORY to your parents and to yourselves as to what you might be in for, courtesy of our politically correct administration.