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Queen Elizabeth II in St. Georges Chapel Windsor
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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Jihad Propaganda in American Mosques

While there is no evidence in this country of the widespread and open radical, anti-Western pro-terrorist groups like those in Britain, there is substantial proof that radical Islam is present and prevalent in American Moslem mosques.

The Center for Religious Freedom at Freedom House has a report entitled "Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Invade American Mosques."

The Center obtained over 200 publications from over a dozen mosques and Islamic Centers in American cities. All the materials were distributed or paid for by the Saudi government through it's embassy in Washington and represent the views of the official Saudi Wahhabi sect of Islam.

What the Center found in these publications are the seeds for the virulent form of anti-western thought which is at the heart of today's Islamo-fascists and terrorism. For those looking to push the argument that terrorism is somehow a result of our actions in Afghanistan or Iraq, sorry, you will be disappointed.

You will find a concise history of Saudi Arabia and it's slide towards radical Islam. You will also find clear examples of the ideology of hate which is the fuel for terrorism. I highly recommend skimming through the full report. Here is an excerpt:

On December 3, 2004, Ahmed, an Arab exchange student, walks down a palm-lined boulevard in a working class neighborhood of Los Angeles. Since it is Friday, he bypasses the Hispanic restaurants, the 7/11, and the sporting goods store, and enters the King Fahd mosque an elegant building of white marble etched with gold, adorned by a blue minaret, that is named after its benefactor, the King of Saudi Arabia. Later he will join 500 other California Muslims in prayer but, because it is early, he visits the mosque library where he picks up several books on religious guidance, written in Arabic, that are offered free to Muslims like him, newly arrived and uncertain on how to fit into this modern, diverse land.

The tracts he opens are in the voice of a senior religious authority. They tell him that America, his adoptive home, is the "Abode of the Infidel," the Christian and the Jew. He reads: "Be dissociated from the infidels, hate them for their religion, leave them, never rely on them for support, do not admire them, and always oppose them in every way according to Islamic law." The advice is emphatic: "There is consensus on this matter, that whoever helps unbelievers against Muslims, regardless of what type of support he lends to them, he is an unbeliever himself."

As he reads this warning, Ahmed thinks back to the U.S. government's request to the American Muslim community for their voluntary cooperation in the fight against terrorism and he is afraid. He knows that the tracts' author views such officials as unbelievers," so that, if he helped them, he would be an unbeliever himself, a renegade, an apostate from Islam who should therefore be put to death. He begins to worry too about his cousin, an American citizen who recently enlisted in the U.S. military.

The books give him detailed instructions on how to build a "wall of resentment" between himself and the infidel: Never greet the Christian or Jew first. Never congratulate the infidel on his holiday. Never befriend an infidel unless it is to convert him. Never imitate the infidel. Never work for an infidel. Do not wear a graduation gown because this imitates the infidel. Ahmed looks carefully at the book's cover. It says "Greetings from the Cultural Department" of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. The book is published by the government of Saudi Arabia. The other books are textbooks from the Saudi Education Ministry, and collections of fatwas, religious edicts, issued by the government's religious office, published by other organizations based in Riyadh.

Ahmed's experience is repeated, not only in Saudi Arabia and the notorious madrassas of Pakistan [and around the world], but throughout America: the texts he read have been spread from coast to coast and now fill the libraries and study halls of some of America's main mosques. To be sure, not all the books in such mosques espouse extremism and not all extremist works are Saudi. Saudi Arabia, however, is overwhelmingly the state most responsible for the publications on the ideology of hate in America.

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