As M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University, will tell you, you’re a greasy Islamophobe if you think that Islamic law prescribes the death penalty for apostates. Anyone who thinks that must simply be “hate-mongering.” In reality, as M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus and President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University, will tell you, “a Muslim’s conversion to Christianity” — or, presumably, to anything else — “is not a crime punishable by death under Islamic law.”
Great. The only problem is that large numbers of Muslims around the world don’t seem to have gotten the message, and seem instead to agree with those greasy Islamophobes.
“Chechen rebels put fatwa on separatist leader living in London for abandoning Islam,” from the Daily Mail, August 25 (thanks to Alexandre):
Chechen rebels have today called for prominent separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev to be killed, saying he has abandoned Islam.
Zakayev, who lives in London, represents the moderate wing of the separatist movement and has clashed with radical Islamic insurgents in Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya.
An Islamic rebel website said Zakayav had recognised the authority of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of the region.
‘Public remarks show that he (Zakayev) has fallen away from Islam,’ the website said, adding that Doku Umarov, Chechnya’s most wanted separatist leader, was behind the order.
‘The court has ruled that the killing of this apostate is a duty for Muslims.’ It did not say what court had issued the ruling….