Joel Mowbray

· ?To be dissociated from the infidels is to hate them for their religion, to leave them, never to rely on them for support, not to admire them, to be on one's guard against them, never to imitate them and always to oppose them in every way according to Islamic law.?  (from material found in the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.)

· Regarding a man who has heterosexual sex outside of marriage or engages in homosexual activity: ?it would be lawful for Muslims to spill his blood and to take his money.? (from Al-Farouq Masjid, Brooklyn, NY)

· Regarding Jews: ?They kill Muslims, imprison them, destroy their lands, tear down their mosques, burn their holy book?no, no they have no dignity.? (from Islamic Center of Greater Houston)

Muslim leaders, of course, expressed shock and awe that such materials could have been on display at mosques here in America.  But according to the Freedom House report, the materials cited ?remain widely available in America, and in some cases dominate mosque library shelves.?

Imams from the mosques mentioned in the Freedom House report have further added that what they preach in their holy houses in no way reflects the venom spewed by the Saudis.  Maybe that?s true in some, or perhaps even many, mosques.  But certainly not in all.

To the extent the national press has covered the murder of a family of Coptic Christian immigrants from Egypt?which is to say only slightly?it has often been to stress how moderate the Muslims of northern New Jersey are.  Most Americans would like to think this true of all American Muslims, but at least in this region, it is a tired clich?/P>

The former imam at the El-Tawheed Islamic Center in Jersey City, Alaa Al-Sadawi, was convicted in 2003 of attempting to smuggle more than $650,000 to the terrorist organization Global Relief Fund in Egypt. 

One of Al-Sadawi?s former spiritual followers murdered in the name of Allah.  Alim Hassan, then 31, killed his pregnant wife, her mother, and her sister on July 30, 2002.  He reportedly stabbed the women more than 20 times each because they refused to convert to Islam.  According to reports, Hassan prayed regularly at El-Tawheed.

Radical Islamists may or may not be behind the recent murder of the Armanious family?though the mainstream media?s impulse is to favor the latter scenario?but what is clear is that it would not be surprising, both in light of what?s happened in Jersey City and nationally, as shown by Freedom House.

Just don?t expect the mainstream media to make that connection.


Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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