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John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Tue Feb 15 19:28:00 MST 2005

Religious hatred, Saudi-style

Jeff Jacoby
February 7, 2005
In which country are Muslims being taught the following lessons?

     +  “Everyone who does not embrace Islam is an unbeliever and
must be called an unbeliever. . . . One who does not call the Jews
and the Christians unbelievers is himself an unbeliever.”

     + “Whoever believes that churches are houses of God . . . or
that what Jews and Christians do constitutes the worship of God .
. . is an infidel.”

     + To offer greetings to a Christian at Christmas -- even to
wish "Happy holidays" -- is "a practice more loathsome to God . .
. than imbibing liquor, or murder, or fornication."

     + Jews "are worse than donkeys." They are the corrupting
force "behind materialism, bestiality, the destruction of the
family, and the dissolution of society.

     + Muslims who convert to another religion "should be killed
because [they] have denied the Koran."

     + Democracy is "responsible for all the horrible wars" of the
20th century, and for spreading "ignorance, moral decadence, and

     If this sounds to you like the kind of fanaticism you might
encounter in Saudi Arabia -- where the established creed is
Wahhabism, an intolerant and extremist version of Islam -- you’re
right. Unfortunately, this religious hatred isn’t confined to the
Arabian peninsula. Thanks to the Saudi government’s elaborate
campaign to export Wahhabism worldwide, such anti-Christian,
anti-Semitic, anti-Western poison can also be found throughout the
United States.

     We know this from the work of Freedom House, a venerable
human rights group that promotes democracy around the globe. In a
new report, it documents the alarming degree to which Wahhabist
propaganda has penetrated American mosques.

     Between November 2003 and December 2004, Freedom House
researchers assembled more than 200 publications from 15 mosques
and Islamic centers in Illinois, Texas, California, New York, New
Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, DC. All the documents were
linked to the Saudi religious establishment -- many were official
Saudi government publications or had been supplied by the Saudi
embassy, and several of the mosques disseminating them are funded
by the Saudi royal family. Each was reviewed by independent
translators, who found them replete with what Freedom House calls
“a totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence.”

     Before Sept. 11, 2001, the notion that literature in mosques
could be dangerous might have struck some as alarmist. But of the
19 terrorist-hijackers that day, 15 were Saudi, and all of them
were steeped in the relentless hostility to "infidels" that the
Saudi publications inculcate. For some, the mosques were a crucial
resource. The King Fahd Mosque in Los Angeles, for example, was a
home away from home for hijackers Nawaf al Hazmi and Khalid al
Mihdhar. The mosque's imam, Fahad al Thumairy, was an accredited
Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles until 2003, when he was expelled
from the United States for suspected involvement in terrorism.

     Perhaps Hazmi and Mihdhar spent some of their time at the
mosque studying "Loyalty and Dissociation in Islam," a Wahhabi
work that emphasizes the duty of every Muslim to cultivate enmity
between themselves and non-Muslims. "Be dissociated from the
infidels," the book instructs. "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.”

     Or perhaps they consulted "Religious Edicts for the Immigrant
Muslim." As Nina Shea of Freedom House observes, they would have
found in its pages detailed instructions for intensifying their
resentment of Americans: "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."

     It is important to note that most Muslims do not share the
xenophobic Wahhabi dogma. Freedom House undertook its study in
part because "many Muslims . . . requested our help in exposing
Saudi extremism in the hope of freeing their communities from
ideological strangulation." Now that Freedom House has done so, it
is up to moderate American Muslims to purge their mosques of the
Saudi toxin, and to ostracize the extremists in their midst.

     And it is up to Washington to put an end to the pretense of
US-Saudi harmony. In his State of the Union address last week,
President Bush referred to Saudi Arabia as one of "our friends" in
the Middle East. But friends don't flood friends' houses of
worship with hateful religious propaganda. We are in a war against
radical Islamist terrorism, and Saudi Arabia supplies the ideology
on which the terrorists feed. Until that incitement is stifled,
the Saudis are no friends of ours.


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