Dr Usama Hasan is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a physics lecturer at Middlesex University. He is in trouble. After receiving death threats from Muslim fundamentalists he has been forced to retract his claim that Islam is compatible with Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Dr. Hasan had intended to return to Masjid al-Tawhid, a mosque in East London, for the first time since he delivered a lecture there entitled “Islam and the theory of evolution”. According to his sister, police advised Dr Hasan not to attend because they couldn’t be responsible for his safety. Instead his father, Suhaib, head of the mosque’s committee of trustees, posted a notice on his behalf expressing regret over his comments. “I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes and apologize for any offense caused,” the statement read.
We are not talking here of Kabul or Cairo but London. We are not talking about a backstreet madrasa in Lahore but an imam in a prominent mosque in London. Masjid Tawhid runs one of the country’s largest sharia courts, the Islamic Sharia Council.
Speaking to the Independent Dr Hasan said, “I want to go back – I’ve been going to the mosque for 25 years. It is my favourite mosque in London, and I have been active in the community for a long time. I hope my positive contribution will outweigh their feelings towards me.”
However, the mosque issued a statement saying that Dr Hasan had been dismissed from his position as vice-chairman and imam at the mosque. His views were described as a “source of antagonism in the Muslim community”.
Is it possible that those many western intellectuals eager to heap derision on those (largely apocryphal) American school districts requiring creationism be taught alongside evolution will be equally eager to ridicule men willing to murder for the merest suggestion that Islam and evolution are not entirely incompatible?
Christianity is a soft target and cutting edge comedians and best selling atheists line up to prove their progressive credentials by pouring scorn on Christianity. If this were only a matter of self protection it would be merely the cowardice of bullies. Unfortunately they also advance the cause of Islamic imperialism. Selective mockery reinforces acceptance of the view that Islam is different and must be treated with special deference. A position not all that much different from that of the Taliban.
Islam has learned the lesson well. In the West progressives will bend to accommodate whoever is willing to apply the greatest force. That bunch whom Orwell termed the Pansy Left will eagerly indulge in intellectual contortions as long as it sells out Christian based Western values. That such behaviour also encourages murderous medieval thugs is of little consequence to them, as far as they are concerned the real enemy of the West is traditional Christianity.