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Christian Member of the Knights Templar Interrupts Muslim Student Event

Even Ivy League Universities such as Princeton are not immune from radical anti-Muslims. A Christian man by the name of Adam Pyle interrupted a Muslim Student “welcome back dinner,” telling them that “Muslims are going to hell.”

One can only imagine the hysteria this would have caused in the anti-Muslim blogosphere if a Muslim had barged into a Christian, Jewish or any other faith’s “welcome back dinner.”

This is also noteworthy in the backdrop of the terrorist attacks in Norway. Anders Behring Breivikclaimed to be a member of the Knight Templars as well. While we should not extrapolate excessively from this one incident we should keep in mind that there is a rise in the appropriation of Christian Crusader theology, symbols and rhetoric amongst the anti-Muslim movement.

One need only look at Robert Spencer’s extolling of the Crusades and reiteration of its call, “God Wills it,” and to the fascination in anti-Muslim groups of Crusader symbols, vividly brought to the fore in our piece, SIOA is an Anti-Muslim Hate Group.

Threats arise at Muslim Students Association event

by Henry Rome (DailyPrincetonian)

A local man claiming to be part of the Knights Templar was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly interrupting a Muslim Student Association welcome back dinner and telling students that “Muslims are going to hell,” according to multiple witnesses and police reports.

While the incident reflects a nationwide spike in bias crimes in the wake of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, MSA members say they are treating it as an isolated event and do not plan to scale back any of their events in response.

The man, Adam Pyle, 26, of Princeton Township, had apparently been present for part of the actual dinner at Campus Club, said Sohaib Sultan, the University’s Muslim life coordinator. Toward the conclusion of the dinner, Pyle left the dining area and allegedly started going through the backpack of Jihad Al-Jabban ’14, the MSA public relations chair.

When Al-Jabban walked over, Pyle explained that he was a Christian but still a member of the “ummah,” the global Muslim community, according to Al-Jabban. Pyle then proceeded to bow and ask MSA members if they were members of the ummah, said MSA vice president Areej Hassan ’13. He also allegedly asked a member, “Why do you hate Jews?” Hassan is a  staff writer for The Daily Princetonian.

“I immediately became a little bit nervous about what his intentions were,” Sultan said. “I realized this could be a potentially violent situation.”

Sultan then ushered the 60 to 70 students attending the dinner into a closed room away from Pyle, and an attendee called Public Safety. In the meantime, Pyle allegedly said, “Muslims are going to hell” and “Death to Muslims,” and began walking toward the students, according to Sultan.

“I stood right in front of him and said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not going to let [you] go inside,’ ” Sultan recalled. During the night, Pyle also allegedly made references to the anti-Christ, University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua said in an email.

At 8:57 p.m., Public Safety officers arrested Pyle and charged him with bias intimidation, criminal attempt, disorderly conduct, harassment and defiant trespass, Mbugua said. Pyle will face the criminal charges on Monday in the Borough Municipal Court. Public Safety ordered Pyle to stay away from campus for the next 90 days, and the department intends to ban him permanently.

A message left seeking comment at Pyle’s home phone number was not returned. Pyle is not affiliated with the University.

“You just never know the type of individual [who] might come in and do something,” Sultan said. “The Muslim community in America has seen a real rise in Islamophobia over this past year in particular, and so it shakes us up. We really did feel threatened.”

It is unclear how Pyle learned of the welcome back dinner, since the event was only advertised via email and with limited on-campus advertising, MSA board members said.

“I don’t even think it was premeditated,” said Sheeba Arif ’14, the MSA events chair. “I feel like he just stumbled in on it actually.”

It is also unknown how Pyle gained access to Campus Club, access to which was limited by prox at the time, Mbugua said.

Sultan said the incident has shaken up some Muslim students, and he is concerned that new students may get the wrong impression about the University.

“To the freshmen and first-year graduate students, please don’t worry. This was an isolated incident and you will find this campus as warm and welcoming to Muslims as anywhere in this country,” Sultan said in an email to the MSA listserv.

Sultan has invited officers from Public Safety to speak with students at Friday prayers this week to thank the officers and to discuss revising any safety protocols. Students praised the responding officers, who also offered to escort the members back to their dorm rooms after the event.

Sultan added, however, that he doesn’t anticipate any increased security as a result of the incident.

“We really do hope and anticipate that this was a completely isolated incident,” he said. “We want to continue being the open community that we’ve become at Princeton.”

Other religious organizations on campus, including the Office of Religious Life, have lent their support and have offered to hold discussions and vigils in response to the incident. MSA board members said they may discuss the issue broadly at the next Religious Life Council meeting, but they want to move forward.

“It’s an isolated incident,” Arif said. “We don’t want to make a bigger deal than it is.”

While advocacy groups noticed a rise in bias crimes around the 9/11 anniversary, Ibrahim Hooper, the national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that colleges and universities are often immune.

“Colleges and universities have typically not been a major factor in our annual reporting on bias-related incidents, just because they tend to be more open, more tolerant and more knowledgeable about Islam and Muslims,” he said.

Indeed, Sultan said he couldn’t recall any similar incident occurring on campus, except for the occasional controversial speaker or offensive email. Mbugua also said this is the first incident of its nature to happen on campus.

“I think it’s still on the minds of students, but I think we recognize this was completely an isolated incident,” Sultan said. “Princeton University has been a wonderful and very welcoming home for Muslim students and faculty for many years.”

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31 Comments »

  1. Alhamdulillah <3 I pray that the war on Islam and Muslims stop soon, Insha'Allah

  2. yes! we all should pray for this war to end soon! May Allah help us bring peace and happiness back into our lives! Let us be united and live peacefully!

  3. The crusades came late as a response to the barbaric conquest of Christian lands & people by muslim savages that had been going on for years. It was too long in coming and too lenient but wholly justified under the circumstances.

    Now that I’ve cleared up a few convenient islamic myths about the Crusades lets address this incident. After all the garbage we have had to put up with from muslims , their ultra sensitive “feelings”, their unreasonable demands for special treatment, the indignities we must endure at airports because of them and the daily terrorist activities (17, 700 + since 9/11) Is it any wonder that a Christian is going to eventually lose control and tell them what’s on his mind? No! And I don’t blame him one bit.

  4. And lets not forget the daily persecutions & murders of Christians at the hands of muslims( just because they Christian) in muslim majority countries. Christians are being wiped out in Iraq and anywhere else there is a muslim majority.

  5. Anonymous?

    [Citation Needed]

  6. anonymous

    You know when the Jews were kicked out of Palestine by the Roman empire, they only came back 500 years later because Muslim Leaders let them back in. And see how they treat the Muslim and Christian Arabs now….shouldn’t you NOT bite the hand that feeds you?

    And Muslims as well are being targeted in Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi and Pakistan by Islamic leaders. It’s not a war of Muslims vs. Christians, it’s a war of good vs. evil. Most Muslims are on your side. The muslims did in fact conquer Spain, but Christians AND Jews lived peacefully with them for hundreds of years and everyone was happy UNTIL the crusades. Same thing in Jerusalem and Turkey. So like what, the Roman Catholic Empire didn’t have all of Europe conquered at one point? And they were actually a lot more unfair than the Muslims were?

    Muslim Savages. Hah. Before you start calling people names do your real research. Read on Islamic History, read about where the Sumerian civilizations and the Semites all lived. Where did they start out. Oh yeah, the fertile crescent, which is where? The Middle East, nearing Saudi, close to Iraq. You know some of the first Buddhists, and Jews came from Iran and yemen?

    1.”And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, would you compel the people in order that they become believers? No one will have faith except by the will of God.” (10:99)

    ^^Islam doesn’t approve of forcing religion on anyone. If people converted alright awesome but if not, who cares. Live with us! Theyd say, you can follow our charity rules but you may live as you please.

    2.”Those who believe and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians, any who believe in Allah and the Last Day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:62)

    ^^Allah PRAISES those who follow Christianity, Judaism and Islam correctly. He says specifically Christians and Jews will go to Heaven if they are steadfast in their beliefs.

    3.
    “Lo! those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians – Whosoever believeth in God and the Last Day and doeth right – there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve”- (5:29)

    ^^Again, those of the Abrahamic religions are given peace and glad tidings from God.

    Savages. Savages are people who act on their own evil desires and don’t have rules and don’t give a crap about human life. Muslims have never been like that. I’ll admit some so-called Muslims like Middle Eastern leaders have done some crappy stuff to make us all look bad, but regular Muslims look for the Quran as guidance not our wallets or the next presidential elections. (I mean as the so-called Muslim leaders do)

  7. Nice bit of propaganda there, Elle. Yesiree, change the subject, select partial quotes from the koran and wax sentimentally about the days when the Jews & Arabs lived peacefully,. Was that as dhimmis or equal citizens? Before or after they stole much of the credit for the innovations of the infidels?

    17,700+ islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11, approx 5 per day, I ‘d call that savage.

  8. equal citizens. Muslims payed a charity tax, so did the Jews. And christians. They built synagouges on their land, we built masjids on ours.

    We mixed in events, we saw each other and walked with each other in streets. We lived happily. Do your research.

    Propaganda huh. I gave you those ayas and other things as examples. Buy a Quran with translations, or just look them up. I didn;t make them up, i didn’t twist them around. They came as they were. You don;t believe it? Fine, that makes you even more ignorant than I thought you were.

  9. also

    i know so-called Muslims do things like that. I know they did the things they did and made us look like savages. But does that mean all catholics are child rapists because a bunch of catholic priests like to molest little kids? Or that all jews just like killing Palestinian Muslims and Christians because they feel like it? You know that’s not true.

    Here I am. not a savage. My parents. Not savages. My siblings. not savages. My friends and their families. Not savages. Not all Muslims are bad. Not all Christians are bad. There is good and bad in all things. To be open minded you need to realize that.

    And how is Islam intolerant of race or religion if it has the highest number of African American and Indonesian believers? Arabs are only 20 % of Islam.Islam welcomes all colors. Even if you are a Hebrew. The arabs and hebrews are semite brothers. We were the first semites. Now people only say Jews are semites but the reality is we are too. Arabic and Hebrew are semetic languages.

  10. How is history propaganda? You can’t argue with history.

  11. I believe the “savages” I was talking about were the one that created the necessity for the Crusades. But like a typical muslim you reframe it to appear that I’ve called all muslims of today savages so you can whine & claim victim status. I’m immune to that particular ruse now.

    However I do call the islamic terrorists of today savages and make no apologies for speaking the truth.

    “MYTH
    “Jews who lived in Islamic countries were well-treated by the Arabs.”

    FACT
    While Jewish communities in Islamic countries fared better overall than those in Christian lands in Europe, Jews were no strangers to persecution and humiliation among the Arabs. As Princeton University historian Bernard Lewis has written: “The Golden Age of equal rights was a myth, and belief in it was a result, more than a cause, of Jewish sympathy for Islam.”22
    Muhammad, the founder of Islam, traveled to Medina in 622 A.D. to attract followers to his new faith. When the Jews of Medina refused to recognize Muhammad as their Prophet, two of the major Jewish tribes were expelled. In 627, Muhammad’s followers killed between 600 and 900 of the men, and divided the surviving Jewish women and children amongst themselves.23
    The Muslim attitude toward Jews is reflected in various verses throughout the Koran, the holy book of the Islamic faith. “They [the Children of Israel] were consigned to humiliation and wretchedness. They brought the wrath of God upon themselves, and this because they used to deny God’s signs and kill His Prophets unjustly and because they disobeyed and were transgressors” (Sura 2:61). According to the Koran, the Jews try to introduce corruption (5:64), have always been disobedient (5:78), and are enemies of Allah, the Prophet and the angels (2:97-98).
    Jews were generally viewed with contempt by their Muslim neighbors; peaceful coexistence between the two groups involved the subordination and degradation of the Jews. In the ninth century, Baghdad’s Caliph al-Mutawakkil designated a yellow badge for Jews, setting a precedent that would be followed centuries later in Nazi Germany.24
    At various times, Jews in Muslim lands lived in relative peace and thrived culturally and economically. The position of the Jews was never secure, however, and changes in the political or social climate would often lead to persecution, violence and death. 
    When Jews were perceived as having achieved too comfortable a position in Islamic society, anti-Semitism would surface, often with devastating results. On December 30, 1066, Joseph HaNagid, the Jewish vizier of Granada, Spain, was crucified by an Arab mob that proceeded to raze the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5,000 inhabitants. The riot was incited by Muslim preachers who had angrily objected to what they saw as inordinate Jewish political power.
    Similarly, in 1465, Arab mobs in Fez slaughtered thousands of Jews, leaving only 11 alive, after a Jewish deputy vizier treated a Muslim woman in “an offensive manner.” The killings touched off a wave of similar massacres throughout Morocco.25
    Other mass murders of Jews in Arab lands occurred in Morocco in the 8th century, where whole communities were wiped out by the Muslim ruler Idris I; North Africa in the 12th century, where the Almohads either forcibly converted or decimated several communities; Libya in 1785, where Ali Burzi Pasha murdered hundreds of Jews; Algiers, where Jews were massacred in 1805, 1815 and 1830; and Marrakesh, Morocco, where more than 300 hundred Jews were murdered between 1864 and 1880.26
    Decrees ordering the destruction of synagogues were enacted in Egypt and Syria (1014, 1293-4, 1301-2), Iraq (854­859, 1344) and Yemen (1676). Despite the Koran’s prohibition, Jews were forced to convert to Islam or face death in Yemen (1165 and 1678), Morocco (1275, 1465 and 1790-92) and Baghdad (1333 and 1344).27
    The situation of Jews in Arab lands reached a low point in the 19th century. Jews in most of North Africa (including Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Morocco) were forced to live in ghettos. In Morocco, which contained the largest Jewish community in the Islamic Diaspora, Jews were made to walk barefoot or wear shoes of straw when outside the ghetto. Even Muslim children participated in the degradation of Jews, by throwing stones at them or harassing them in other ways. The frequency of anti-Jewish violence increased, and many Jews were executed on charges of apostasy. Ritual murder accusations against the Jews became commonplace in the Ottoman Empire.28
    As distinguished Orientalist G.E. von Grunebaum has written:
    It would not be difficult to put together the names of a very sizeable number Jewish subjects or citizens of the Islamic area who have attained to high rank, to power, to great financial influence, to significant and recognized intellectual attainment; and the same could be done for Christians. But it would again not be difficult to compile a lengthy list of persecutions, arbitrary confiscations, attempted forced conversions, or pogroms.29
    The danger for Jews became even greater as a showdown approached in the UN. The Syrian delegate, Faris el-Khouri, warned: “Unless the Palestine problem is settled, we shall have difficulty in protecting and safeguarding the Jews in the Arab world.”30
    More than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting during the 1940’s in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria and Yemen.31 This helped trigger the mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries.”
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/myths/mf15.html

  12. @anonymous
    well considering you know some things about the crusades and all does the name reynald of chatillon ring any bells ah what a swell guy he was let’s see oh yes I loved reading about the wonderful treatment he gave his captives by having thrown over a castle wall for some fresh air before hitting the rocks below, then there was those wonderful raids on caravans that involved killing everyone in them and killing saladins sister thereby putting the shaky truce that he and baldwin (I think that’s who he was) in the shitter and starting another war and tell me what would that “savage” muslim king saladin do well I do remember reading about how he would offer physicians to people who he was fighting against such as to king richard and would actually let christiansgo to pilgrimages to jerusalem.

  13. @corey
    Yes, the Crusades were bloody & brutal, no one is disputing that. But they were in response to the slaughter, rape & pillage of Christian lands & people for many years prior to the retaliation. But you already know that and are ignoring it.

    I’d be surprised if you couldn’t come up with at least one example of kindness from a muslim of that time, but that’s relative and doesn’t mean much in the bigger picture.

  14. anon

    you mean how Muslims allowed Christians to build churches in Andalus, how they didn’t force hijab or niqab on the women? How they allowed printing and writing of bibles? Look up Spain and Andalus,you’ll find it.

  15. Elle-you should look up “Martyr of Cordova” to find out exactly how kind the Muslim were in Spain. The tax that was imposed on non-muslim was to 2 to 4 times what a muslim paid. Non-muslim were also second class citzen-this is by the Koran

  16. Elle do not worry, People like anonymous, just come here to relieve theselves. they lack confidence, he does not have the gutts to put a name to his comments.
    Elle, as Allah says that the vicotry is for the rightuous ones. May Allah guides the Christians to Islam, including Mr Anonymous since he seems to be blind.

  17. what else would you expect from a follower of the god of abraham? the violence between the abrahamics has been continuous and brutal from the start. i love the discussion of ancient history. the back and forth of who started it and who was more brutal. it reminds me of when yugoslavia was breaking up and people on the news were like how could this happen in the 1990’s. these people have been neighbors and friends. how could they turn on each other because of slight ethnic and religious differances? then i saw a guy interviewed and he brought up a battle from 1066 i believe. you people can really hold a grudge.

  18. salim,

    you’re hilarious. are you a pyschiatrist? if so i think you need to go back to school. i claim no extrodinary insight to the human psyche but anonymous seems pretty confident in what s/he is saying? what have your comments been. “lack confidence” “acting like a kid” “blind” “ignorant” (that’s appearently the first thing they teach in islamic school, call em ignorant if you don’t have an answer…lol) never any actual point of your own?

    corey,

    the movie “the kingdom of heaven”? i don’t know, despite what salim says anonymous seems to know his history. you might want to let elle handle this.

    elle,

    “How is history propaganda? You can’t argue with history.” there’s an old saying, the victors write the history. or maybe your history book chooses different aspects of the same history to extol while leaving out the aspects his history book extols, and his book is leaving out what your book extols? also it depends on what year you choose to take a snap shaot of. much like which ayah you emphasise.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Holy_Sepulchre see damage and destruction.
    “Under the Muslims it remained a Christian church. The early Muslim rulers protected the city’s Christian sites, prohibiting their destruction”
    “Ultimately, this destruction provided an impetus to the later Crusades.”

    “Again, those of the Abrahamic religions are given peace and glad tidings from God” not to get off subject but that’s scarry? so what about us non-abrahmic types?

  19. As salaam alaikum…ANONYMOUS i dont understand ur hate for Islam but these brothers and sisters are just simply trying enjoy a blog forum…..if u wanna bash muslims just have the decency to do it on a different forum….ur opinion on Islam doesnt matter muslims are not going anywhere anytime soon…just learn to live with us..

  20. Mohamid was tolerant of “the people of the book” when he was weak (first at Madina) As he became stronger he became less tolerant. At the end of his life he had total power on the contanant. That is when we find the orders to kill, if the infidel would not convert.
    Anonomas is factually correct. Islam has been brutal to non Muslims.

  21. I’ll be honest. Polytheists like Hindus or the pagans of the olden days are in deep trouble. Allah (swt) said that surah al ikhlas (the one surah that proclaims God’s oneness only) is 1/3 of the Quran. Meaning it’s meaning takes up so much of our faith. At the beginning of Islam you still drank alcohol and you still ate pork but to be a believer you HAD to accept god’s oneness, and that’s why Allah says that Christians and Jews have been corrupted by, like you said, the victors. The romans and other people continued to play with the bible and torah and changed them to fit their needs. Christians believe jesus is his son. If God is one, and shares his oneness with no one, how can he have a son? That’s why we believe Islam was brought down, to correct this. But apparently if you believe that Jesus is a prophet not a son then you hate christianity. :/

  22. BUT sometimes God sends to heaven whom he pleases. If a polytheist or atheist does something noble in the eyes of god, who is to say they can’t be in heaven.

  23. elle,

    “who is to say they can’t be in heaven” well i think sahra said that? didn’t she say atheist are the worst people? “shells of people”? i don’t think you hate christians, quite the oppisite. there are still pagans, but they call them animist now.

    i’m no theologian but i went to 12 years of catholic school. they explain the “If God is one, and shares his oneness with no one, how can he have a son?” as the unity of the trinity. as in there is one god with three parts, but all the parts make one whole. that god is the father the son and the holy spirit all at the same time. it’s like saying nothing is impossible to god. therefore he can be one as he is three. i know a little confusing but kind of like all things are possible to allah, and he wants one religion and peace on earth, but he also wants people to have different faiths? it’s like condeming people to hell for not having faith, but at the same time not giving faith to those whom he choses??? not a whole lot of reason in religion, don’t you think? maybe that doesn’t make sense but i’ve been drinking beer all day. no pork though. wait a second i had a gyro. that’s jusy lamb and beef, right, no pork? duh, i had some baked beans this morning a black guy at a bar-b-que gave me last night. pretty sure there was bacon in there. they where good though, mostly because the brown sugar gave them just the right sweetness. the mac and cheese was awsome too. like i told the kid i was working with when the guy offered him some and he refused, anytime a black guy offers you mac and cheese you take it, at least in the south. good night.

  24. Corey,

    I did not say Muslims, I said the righteous ones, and still because you are so pumped up with hatred that you seem to have been typing with anger. Just like someone who does not have a subject and not knowing his audience.

    Please learn be more specific rather than just say Islam teaches you to tell them you are ignorant.

    For your information i did not even read what Mr anonymous wrote, yet I manged to see his views. May Allah guides you Corey.

  25. Salim

    you should probably stop talking. Not because you aren’t right bt I cannot stand your wording

  26. Elle, simple just dont come anymore to this site. you preaching to others about Israel and how wrong it is. Elle you have no power and yet you want to kick people form a site that does not belong to you. What right do you have. I guess you are a control freak

  27. elle,

    don’t be like that. you’re sounding like ali. anyways do you really think god is going to condem people to hell for not believing in him when it is he who seals their hearts and makes them blind and death, and doesn’t give them faith? doesn’t sound very fair to me?

  28. Elle, please just stop writing. honestly it is like if you going around a round about, and you have the guts to insult others by telling them what they say is stupid and asking them to stop writing. Honestly you are pathetic. on the other hand you are so worried about the feelings of some writers who are attacking islam and muslims. You really should consider stop writing. Please just do us a favor.

    Peace

  29. m2,

    You have a free will. When people reject the faith and want a blind life, Allah knows what is in the heart of his human beings.
    Those who want the truth, surely Allah is just and will guide them.

  30. Just to clarify, Adam Pyle is schizophrenic. Can’t we all just live and let live?!?

  31. Just to clarify, Adam Pyle is schizophrenic. You will never see me defending extremists of any stripe, but it is UNFAIR to use this sick man as propaganda in these religious disputes. To say that he is a member of the knights templar, or that he is anything other then a victim of schizophrenic delusion is totally unconscionable. Real issues are at stake, do not jeopardize the legitimacy of your point by making bogus claims and using this poor sick man as a propoganda tool. Shame on you for reporting this story without possessing command of the facts!

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