Saturday, January 29, 2005

Hate Tracts in American Mosques

In the United States, Muslim hate ideology has escaped notice until recently because of America's traditional respect for all religions. We do not attact and criticize the faiths of others. However, what is being taught in American mosques is not religion, but political dogma. We tolerate this because we have been told that Islam is a religion of peace and that most Muslims are moderates.

From The Washington Times: World - January 29, 2005:

The government of Saudi Arabia is spreading 'hate propaganda' in religious tracts sent to mosques throughout America, telling Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and to kill any Muslim who converts to another religion, a leading human rights group charged yesterday. Saudi government literature collected during the past year from American mosques also tells Muslims living in the United States to 'behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines.' according to a report: "Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques." The report studied more than 200 original documents, all published and disseminated by the government of Saudi Arabia. "When a government agitates hatred and intolerance, when it counsels people in an authoritative voice to kill other people, that's a human rights violation. That's not protected by First Amendment or free speech," said Nina Shea, director of the Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom and the editor of the report. Freedom House, which was founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, is one of the oldest human rights groups in the United States. In most instances, the report said, involvement by the Saudi government was immediately evident from the seal or name of a government department emblazoned on the cover of the literature. These documents advised Muslims in the United States on how to snub Jews and Christians, for example by refusing to greet them and congratulate them on religious holidays.In addition to demonizing "nonbelievers," documents call Muslims who practice a moderate interpretation of Islam and embrace tolerance traitors deserving of punishment, even death. Says one document: "Those who reside in the land of unbelief out of their own choice and desire to be with the people of that land, accepting the way they are regarding their faith, or giving compliments to them, or pleasing them by pointing out something wrong with the Muslims, they become unbelievers and enemies to Allah and his messenger."

One particularly chilling tract urges Muslims to kill any Muslims who convert to another religion. It says of Muslims who accept Judaism or Christianity: "If you do not repent, you are an apostate and you should be killed because you have denied the Koran." This tract was published by the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs and collected at the King Fahd Mosque in Los Angeles.

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