JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The leader of the Islamic Center of Johnstown has stepped down, two weeks after calling for the death penalty for a speaker who was 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.
New York Times best-selling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in April.
Fouad ElBayly said Wednesday he has complied with the request and resigned as the center's imam – prayer leader – and president.
I've stated in the past that our troubles with islamic fundamentalism will continue until an outcry emanates from within the culture. The bombings, killings and mistreatment of their underclasses will not stop by the hand of anyone in the West - it's an internal issue that needs to be settled by their own. And maybe, just maybe, we'll see more of this in the future.