Clip from The Third Jihad on Prison Radicalization:
from the Levitt Letter, May 2015
U.S. Prison Chaplain is Islamist
An Egyptian born imam who has publicly supported the death penalty for those who choose to leave Islam has been hired by the U.S. Department of Justice to teach Islam in prisons.
Fouad al-Bayly, the imam of the Islamic Center of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, said in 2007 that Ayaan Hirsi Ali—a Somali women’s rights activist, former member of the Dutch parliament, and fierce critic of Islam—deserves to die for her public attacks on Islam.
In 2007, al-Bayly protested a planned speech by Ali during which he told reporters: “If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death.”
This is a mainstream view among Islamists. Ali has every reason to take death threats seriously. She has received multiple death threats in the past. Dutch film director Theo van Gogh, whose film Submission (scripted by Ali) criticized Islam, was murdered in 2004. A note pinned to his chest with a knife said that Ali was next.
Yet government records show that despite his extremist past, Fouad al-Bayly (as of 2014) was hired to teach Islam to inmates in prison.
Records state that he received two contracts: one for $10,500 for February of 2014 to provide “religious services, leadership and guidance,” and another one for $2,400 dated to December to provide “Muslim classes for inmates.”
This is not the first time imams and mosques with extremist connections have been allowed access to prisoners despite their records. Dar al-Hijrah, an extremist mosque attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers, has engaged in prison outreach in Washington D.C. for 10 years.
In another example, the head of Islamic Affairs for the New York State Prison’s Department of Ministerial Services was later caught justifying the 9/11 attacks and terrorism to prison inmates.