Thursday, February 03, 2005

Saudi Hate Literature at a Mosque Near You

By Douglas J. Hagmann
Northeast Intelligence Network

In 1977, it is unlikely that many people ever heard of a the booklet The Facts That the Muslim Must Know About Christianity and Missionary Activity. The booklet bore the seal of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its cover and was issued by the General Presidency for the Directoate of Religious Research, Islamic Legal Rulings, Islamic Propagation and Guidance, which is a branch of the Saudi government. It was distributed in Mosques throughout the world, including and especially those in the U.S. and Canada. The booklet contained anti-western, anti-Jewish and anti-Christian references, noting that Christianity had been converted into "paganism, polytheism and fables," inciting the Muslim against the West and religions other than Islam.

Fast forward 28 years and we find that the level of state-sponsored incitement has changed - for the worse. A recently released 89-page report by the Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom exposes the exponential increase in the dissemination of hate propaganda in America by the government of Saudi Arabia. The report, "Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques," is based on a comprehensive study of over two hundred original documents collected from more than a dozen mosques within the United States. They all have one thing in common - they are either distributed, published or otherwise generated by the government of Saudi Arabia. An alleged ally with the United States in the war against terrorism is not only allowing the spread of the extremist ideology that incites hatred and violence, they are underwriting the effort. With 80% of the Mosques in the U.S. built or otherwise funded in some manner by Saudi Arabia, it should come as no surprise that this literature can be found inside the majority of mosques in the United States and Canada.

What is so bad about these documents that promote Islam, and aren't such documents protected under our laws affording religious freedom? Quite simply, they preach hate and violence, or "jihad" against the west. In a foreword to the report, James Woolsey, chairman of the board of Freedom House, correctly asserts that documents that "advocate an ideology of hatred have no place in a nation founded on religious freedom and toleration."

The offending documents actually state that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews, and promote contempt for the United States because it is ruled by civil law rather than Wahhabi-style Islamic or Sharia law. It is unsettling that these documents advise Muslims living in the U.S. to "behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines." The documents instruct U.S. based Muslims that they must acquire knowledge and money to be ultimately used in the jihad against the infidels, or to witness their religion to the infidels until they convert to Islam. There is no other reason to live and work in the country of infidels and unless a Muslim leaves as quickly as possible, he is not a true Muslim and will be condemned.

We obviously paid little attention to the Saudi sponsored, hate filled publications being spread throughout mosques in the U.S. in 1977 - and paid dearly for it. Now that we are older and wiser, we can no longer afford such youthful indiscretions

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