The Center for Religious Freedom, a subsidiary of the conservative Freedom House, issued a report entitled, “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques.” In their words, the report exposes “the dissemination of hate propaganda in America by the government of Saudi Arabia.” The study sampled “over two hundred original documents, all disseminated, published or otherwise generated by the government of Saudi Arabia and collected from more than a dozen mosques in the United States.” There were 15 American mosques, in fact, and one of them was right here in Chicago.
I first learned about the report from Beliefnet, and I took it upon myself to download and read the report. I was utterly and completely shocked. According to the report, the documents found in these 15 American mosques proclaim, among other things, that:
· It is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping them in any way, or taking part in their festivities and celebrations;
· When Muslims are in the lands of the unbelievers, they must behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines. Either they are there to acquire new knowledge and make money to be later employed in the jihad against the infidels, or they are there to proselytize the infidels until at least some convert to Islam.
And much, much more. As I read page after page of this lengthy report, I not only became more and more incredulous at what I was reading, but also more and more angry.
The findings of this report have to be closely scrutinized by the American Muslim community. Although they do not say every American mosque has these publications, the implications are that all American Muslims espouse these extreme views. In fact, Junaid M. Afeef, a Chicago-area attorney and Research Associate with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), wrote an excellent article analyzing both the implications of and the people behind the study. I echo his call that, “If this study’s conclusions are accurate, then the American-Muslim community needs to undertake a monumental overhaul of its institutions and the management of its resources and infrastructure. On the other hand, if there are errors, inaccuracies, methodological problems or additional relevant facts not considered in the study, then it behooves the American-Muslim leadership to correct the record.”
If the findings of the study are indeed accurate, and what I read actually exists in some American mosques, then I take it a step further. Every last one of these publications should be gathered together and burned. The bonfire should be enormous, big enough to be seen on the moon. This vicious hate-speech, cloaked in the garb of religion, defiles the houses of God in which they reside and must be purged immediately. Hate has no place whatsoever in the American Muslim community. Burn it all!
BTW…my post “And this is not torture?” has been published at iViews.com.