A startling new video exposes a Florida college professor promoting the benefits of Sharia law.
United West, a Sharia watchdog organization, shot the footage during a panel on Islamaphobia at Florida Atlantic University on May 23.
The video shows Dr. Bassem Al-Halabi, a computer science and engineering professor at the university, promoting Sharia law as necessary to shut down organized crime. He then explains that cutting off the hands of a thief is a good example of Sharia in practice.
"It sounds very severe -- it sounds very barbaric I know," he said. "But if it takes one or two people to have their hands cut off and then there's no more stealing in the whole nation that's a much better resolution than having hundreds of people die every day."
As the audience erupted in protest, a panelist sitting next to Al-Halabi quickly corrected his statement, saying that he was referring to Islamic State law that is practiced overseas and not in the U.S.
However, moments earlier Al-Halabi had assured the audience that Sharia law is practiced in the U.S. and that the Islamic Center of Boca Raton practices it.
Another panelist, Rabbi Barry Silver, was quick to denounce Al-Halabi's statement.
"When we believe on faith in the absence of evidence, we can get lost," Silver warned. "You can actually have someone sitting here rationalizing cutting off hands."
Al-Halabi also supports blasphemy laws which outlaw the criticism of Islam.