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Mainstream Media Downplays the Violent Speech of Islamist Imams

Two California Islamic Imams have delivered recent sermons calling on their followers to rein terror and destruction down on Jews. These vile sermons, delivered by Ammar Shahin of the Islamic Center of Davis and Mahmoud Harmoush of the Islamic Center of Riverside, have been scarcely covered by the liberal media for obvious reasons. While it would be front-page news if any similar sermon was preached by a Christian pastor against any of the left’s favorite little minority groups, Muslims gets a pass up until (and, sometimes, even after) they blow someone to bits with an improvised bomb. So it is that the media went further than merely ignoring the story; in certain outlets, they actually helped the imams do damage control.

“Oh Allah, support the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the Muslim lands,” Shahin said in the July 21 sermon. “Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that You inflict upon them, and the wonders of Your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them.”

The sermon, pertaining to the recent brief closure of the mosque by Israeli authorities following the murder of two police officers, was picked up and distributed widely by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which keeps close tabs on the anti-semitic extremism that lurks underneath the “friendly” mainstream Islamic façade.

The Washington Post, however, did not find it necessary to cover the sermons until Shahin issued an apology. At that time, the paper reported on the controversy in such a way that made it seem as though the imams were being persecuted, misunderstood, and deliberately taken out of context by their ideological (ahem, “Islamophobic”) enemies.

From the Post:

A Northern California imam whose widely distributed sermon about Jews in disputed Jerusalem set off controversy and fear of violence apologized at a Friday news conference, saying his words were hurtful and “unacceptable.”

“To the Jewish community, here in Davis and beyond, I say this: I am deeply sorry for the pain that I have caused. The last thing I would do is intentionally hurt anyone, Muslim, Jewish or otherwise. It is not in my heart, nor does my religion allow it,” Ammar Shahin said in his statement.

“Commitment to defending religious rights in Jerusalem should not cause division or fan the flames of anti-Semitism,” Shahin said at Friday’s news conference. “Today, I commit to working harder and will join efforts for mutual understanding and building bridges. As a young religious leader, this has humbled me.”

In other words, nothing to see here. A friendly Islamic preacher let his passions get the best of him and now right-wing media is trying to make a federal case out of it. Pay no mind to the Islamists behind the curtain. If you feel the need to “see something” or “say something,” just remember that any bad word against a Muslim is really just your own racial/ethnic/religious bigotry bubbling to the surface.

We’re not quite to the point where American mainstream liberals are trying to justify the World Trade Center attack…but doesn’t it feel like those articles are coming in the not-too-distant future?

Written by Andrew

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