On November 17, 2012 the Ahlul-Bayt Islamic Society invited Sheikh Jaffer Ladak to speak on Islam and Anthropology. During Shiekh Ladak's presentation he compared Israelis to Neanderthals while the predominately Shia Muslim audience laughed.
Ladak was well aware how offensive his comment was to Israelis and Jews because he followed his statement by articulated why he did not want his comments recorded.
There were more than 60 people in attendance and not one member of the UCF Ahlul-Bayt Society, or their advisors, displayed any outrage. There was only laughter from the audience.
This lecture, Islam and Anthropology, was the first open to the public event for the Ahlul-Bayt Society on the University of Central campus.
The Ahlul-Bayt Society, a UCF Student Organization, has the 1st Amendment right to say whatever hateful rhetoric fits their world view. However, they do not have the right to try and censor their speech while on campus property and utilizing tax payer funded facilities.
Free and open speech must be protected so everyone at UCF can articulate their views no matter how offensive those views must be. When that free speech comes responsibility and the Ahlul-Bayt Society must recognize that Sheikh Ladak offended a good majority of the students at UCF, and must be held accountable.
We conclude there are no academic, anthropological, or genetic evidence to back up Shiekh Ladak's comment that Israelis are Neanderthals.
For this reason, we demand Shiekh Jaffer Ladak and the Ahlul-Bayt Society and their advisors publicly condemn Shiekh Ladak and the views he expressed while on University of Central Florida Property. (continue reading...)(...more)