This week, we had Imam Choudary on the show. A famous Imam and leader in the Islamic community, what you’ll hear in this full-length interview is flat-out shocking.
CROWDER: “Who carries out Shariah in the world most closely to your beliefs? Which country?”CHOUDARY: “Well I don’t think any of them do quite frankly but I believe that what is the project in Syria and Iraq and places in Moli, Somolia, etc are doing quite well.”
Moving on into the conversation, I challenged him on the ideas of freedom and how they work with Islam
CROWDER: You don’t understand freedom.
CHOUDARY: I’m a lawyer by profession actually and I teach comparative law, English and Sharia law. So I believe I understand freedom quite well.
CROWDER: Do you believe in freedom of speech? Do you believe someone should be able to draw or mock Muhammad and live?
CHOUDARY: I believe that there is no such thing as freedom of speech.
When nailed down on some fundamental issues with Islam, the Imam’s responses were veiled, elusive and downright chilling.
CROWDER: “What about under Shariah Law beatings? What about hitting one’s wife? What about the lashings against Christians? Again, you’ve kind of wiggled around. You said Iraq and Syria are doing a god job so obviously we see that kinda of thing there. Where do you line up on that? Can you just condemn ANY kind of striking women at all? ANY kind of beating of Christians as unnecessary and uncivil?”CHOUDARY: “Yes, I mean there’s nothing called beating Christians there’s nothing even called beating your wife. Ya know, the prophet is the best example. He never laid a finger on any of his wives.”
CHOUDARY: After that (advising) it says discipline. But the prophet said that even in discipline, you must avoid the face…
CHOUDARY: Well I could quote for you from your own Bible and Torah about things in paradise that ultimately we don’t make the comparison.CROWDER: Well go ahead, I would love to hear those quotes. Where in the bible does it promise virgins in heaven?CHOUDARY: Well I don’t have the bible in front of me…