By Theodore Shoebat
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Muslim who murdered a police officer in 1981, will now be giving a commencement speech at Vermont’s Goddard College. As we read from one report:
The small group of graduating students at Vermont’s Goddard College chose world-renowned activist and school alum Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a police officer in 1981, to provide a recorded commencement speech for their ceremony this Sunday.
Yet the students’ choice of Abu-Jamal, a former journalist and dedicated social justice activist despite his incarceration, has provoked furious reaction from law enforcement and prison officials from Vermont and Pennsylvania, where he is serving his life sentence without parole.
“I cannot express my disdain enough about Goddard College’s decision to allow this individual to be a commencement speaker,” Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said, according to The Washington Post.
“We have a college allowing an individual convicted of murdering a police officer to share his opinions with impressionable students. This fact is very troubling.”
Abu-Jamal and advocates have long maintained his innocence in the killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, claiming the conviction was a product of an unfair trial. Since his incarceration, Abu-Jamal, once heavily involved with the Black Panther Party, has gained a dedicated following for his writings on, among other topics, racial biases of the US justice system.
Maureen Faulkner, widow of the slain Officer Faulkner, told Fox News the selection of Abu-Jamal to speak at Goddard was “despicable.”
“It’s not appropriate,” Faulkner said. “His freedom was taken away when he murdered a police officer in the line of duty. It seems like our justice system allows murderers to continue to have a voice over the public airwaves and at college commencement. It’s despicable.”
Goddard, located in Plainfield, Vermont, is a private liberal arts college that has around 600 enrolled students who are allowed to build their own curriculum. Sunday’s commencement ceremony will mark the graduation of 23 Goddard students, according to PennLive.com.
The Vermont Troopers Association also disparaged the selection.
“We are outraged that Goddard College is hosting a man who shot and killed a police officer,” the group told AP.
This is what happens murderers are not executed swiftly, it only brings more violence and promotes wickedness. The Scriptures warn us about this:
Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. (Proverbs 8:11)
This is why I say that dangerous ideologies, like Islam, anarchism, the Black Panthers, and other racial supremacist groups, should be outlawed from society.