Imam who threatened Ayaan Hirsi Ali resigns


The leader of the Islamic Center of Johnstown has stepped down, two weeks after calling for the death penalty for a speaker critical of the Muslim faith.

The resignation comes in response to a request by board members, who said his statements do not reflect the views of the center’s members.

Fouad ElBayly said Wednesday he has complied with the request and resigned as the center’s imam – prayer leader – and president.

“I’ve said enough already,” ElBayly told The Tribune-Democrat when asked to comment on the controversy surrounding New York Times best-selling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s visit to Pitt-Johnstown in April.

Dhimmitude is not the default position in the US (yet). ElBayly learned that the hard way.

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David Strom 5:21 PM on December 09, 2022