An interesting bit of news out of Boston:
'Boston, MA,September 5, 2012 -- Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) today released a video (www.nuextremism.com)
showing Northeastern University's Muslim Chaplain, Imam Abdullah
Faaruuq to be a supporter of convicted Islamist terrorists, and a
religious leader who is inciting Boston Muslims against the U.S
'"Our video shows that there is a culture of extremism at the
Islamic Society of Northeastern University (ISNU) - the Muslim student
group on campus under the leadership of its spiritual advisor, Imam
Faaruuq," said human rights activist Dr. Charles Jacobs, APT President.
'Just days after a description of the findings documented in the
video were published in the Boston Jewish Advocate, and the video's
imminent public release was announced, Imam Faaruuk's page on the
Northeastern website was removed.
'Charles Jacobs, President of APT said, "His relationship with
Northeastern University has been terminated." We commend Northeastern's
President Joseph Aoun for this, but more needs to be done. We need to
understand how this was allowed to persist for years, and we need to be
sure there are processes in place to monitor and correct any teachings
of hate at the University.
'APT's video, "Islamic Extremism @ Northeastern University," (www.nuextremism.com)
describes Imam Faaruuq's history of extremism. In the early 1990s,
Faaruuq developed an association with Aafia Siddiqui, Pakistani born,
young MIT student and one of the most active members of an Al Qaeda cell
of activists who were followers of the Egyptian Blind Sheikh Omar
Abdel-Rahman, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center
bombing. Aafia attended Faaruuq's Boston mosque and worked with Faaruuq
to distribute Jihadist literature to Massachussetts prisons, where he
had also served as a Muslim chaplain.'
What I find intriguing here is not why Northeastern U. finally fired the blatant hatemonger, but why they kept him so long. Didn't they do any review on the guy before they hired him? And why did they turn a blind eye to his activities until that documentary shoved it under their noses?
There's no surprise about why the students believed him. A lot of college-age kids these days, alas, are still childish enough to love anything that annoys Mumsy and Dadsy. Worse, they're still childish enough to believe that passion is truer than facts, that anything somebody is really passionate about simply must be true -- no matter what objective reality shows. In fact, a lot of kids are willing to say that objective reality doesn't really exist, rather than give up belief in the truth of their feelings. This is a real indictment of the modern American way of child-raising, and education.
But worse is the way the education biz panders to this childishness. It would explain why the NU staff happily accepted a terribly passionate defender of Islamofascism as a university professor, not bothering to check out the facts of his history. Either they too believe in feelings rather than objective reality, or they simply believed that a teacher who does a lot of emoting will hold the students interest long enough that they might actually learn something.
They might have stopped to consider just what their students would really learn.