As an alumnus of The Ohio State University (B.A. Political Science, ’95), I take great pride my alma mater, though not just for the globally renowned academics, nor the world-class facilities, or even the unparalleled pageantry that is Buckeye football (especially following a win against Michigan). Instead, I take great satisfaction in being associated with an educational institution whose faculty, staff, students and supporters regularly display unmatched ingenuity.
Take, for example, how two Ohio State student organizations, the respective campus chapters of both the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA), decided to participate in the recent Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week in a very unique way. Not content to bring just critics of Islamofascism to campus to warn of seemingly distant dangers, such as David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes or Robert Spencer, these two student groups actually hosted at our fine university one of the prime examples of homo islamofasciae in North America, Dr. Jamal Badawi.
You have to admire the sheer brilliance of the organizers. To my knowledge, no other university or college participating in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week (certainly not in the Big Ten, at least) offered their community a chance to see an actual Islamofascist in action. Participants in the CAIR/MSA educational forum, ironically entitled “Interfaith Relations – the Muslim Perspective”, were invited to observe Badawi for an up-close and personal study of the North American species of Islamofascism.
Sadly, I was not able to attend the festivities, but a subsequent press release by CAIR quoted CAIR-Ohio president Asma Mobin-Uddin in her description of their Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week event: “The opportunity to listen to Islamic scholars like Dr. Badawi was a great opportunity for the community to become educated, and it gave people the change to ask questions about things they may have heard about Islamic teachings.”
No doubt, Badawi was able to educate the attendees on some of his favorite points of “Islamic teaching”, such as:
Certainly the Ohio State chapter of the Lesbian Avengers loudly applauded when Dr. Badawi discussed his 2004 fatwa for Islamonline outlining six different conditions in which a wife may properly be beaten according to his understanding of “Islamic teaching”, because, as he states, “there are cases, however, in which a wife persists in bad habits”.
But the real treat of the evening must have been a discussion of his friend, mentor and HAMAS spiritual leader, Yousef Al-Qaradawi, who has been listed as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the US government since 1999 and banned from entering the US. Qaradawi has issued fatwas authorizing suicide bombings in Israel and attacks against US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Badawi is currently listed as a member of the board of trustees of the International Union of Muslim Scholars and a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research – two organizations both organized and headed by Qaradawi.
Badawi might have even discussed his trip to Qatar back in July, where he was a featured guest and speaker at a conference honoring the terrorist leader Qaradawi (which I reported in September, “CAIR Terror Fatwa Signatories Attend Conference Honoring HAMAS Terror Cleric Qaradawi”) and his appearance there even noted in an article posted on the terrorist leader’s own personal website. He might have regaled the audience with stories on the speech during that same conference Badawi attended in which HAMAS leader Khaled Mash’al (also a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the US government) praised his mentor Qaradawi for being the first cleric to issue a fatwa permitting the use of “martyrdom operations,” i.e. suicide bombings, by HAMAS against civilians in Israel. The speech by Mash’al and Qaradawi’s response originally broadcast on Al-Jazeera have been translated by MEMRI. [video]
Hopefully during the question-and-answer period, Badawi was able to address his more intimate and direct involvement in international Islamic terrorism, such as his involvement in the November 2004 fatwa by the International Union of Muslim Scholars decreeing that it was a religious “duty” for all able-bodied Muslims inside and outside Iraq to wage jihad against the American military (but no killing of civilian infidels, please!).
Or perhaps he offered some explanation of how his name ended up on a phone list recovered by the FBI and admitted as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism finance trial this past summer, which revealed that Badawi was part of the North American leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization most responsible for the ideological development and spread of Islamofascism worldwide. Perhaps that might explain why Badawi was one of the original incorporators of the Muslim Brotherhood’s US front group, the Muslim American Society, and continues to serve on the Majlis board of the Islamic Society of North America, yet another Muslim Brotherhood front organization.
In the long-standing Ohio State tradition of excellence, CAIR and MSA helped to make Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week a truly unique experience for our entire community. Our thanks for their enthusiastic participation! Maybe next year CAIR and MSA can pick an actual Ohio State Islamofascist (perhaps CAIR’s Ahmad Al-Akhras), instead of importing an Indiana University grad?