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Monday, December 29, 2003

Molly Ivins recommends Mosque for Christmas

for everyone six and up

"about the reconstruction of a fictional mosque...
opens Islamic architecture and history in an entertaining way"
--Molly Ivins, "Good books, good cheer," Daily Camera, Dec. 24.

I thought, in light of this recommendation, it would be good to know what is being said in mosques these days, non-fictional mosques, that is.

Happily, there is a Special Report at MEMRI which translates and explicates sermons (2002-2003) preached from mosques and broadcast live every Friday on Palestinian Authority radio and television. Here are some juicy tidbits from that report, in case you don't have time to read the whole thing:
"Allah wreak vengeance on the Jews and the Americans"

"Allah willing, this unjust state will be erased - Israel will be erased; this unjust state, the United States, will be erased; this unjust state, Britain, will be erased"

" A young man said to me: 'I am 14 years old, and I have four years left before I blow myself up'… We, the Muslims on this good and blessed land, are all - each one of us - seekers of Martyrdom… The Koran is very clear on this: The greatest enemies of the Islamic nation are the Jews, may Allah fight them… Blessings for whoever assaulted a soldier… Blessings for whoever has raised his sons on the education of Jihad and Martyrdom; blessings for whoever has saved a bullet in order to stick it in a Jew's head…"

"Allah, destroy the U.S., its helpers and its agents"

"The younger the martyr - the greater and the more I respect him… "

"Allah the almighty has called upon us not to ally with the Jews or the Christians, not to like them, not to become their partners, not to support them, and not to sign agreements with them… Allah, deal with the Jews, your enemies and the enemies of Islam"

"O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists - are the Jews… They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: 'Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them and will help you to overcome them… The Jews are like a [gas] pedal - as long as you step on it with your foot, it doesn't move, but if you lift your foot from it, it hurts you and punishes you. This is the case of the Jews."

"The willingness for sacrifice and for death we see amongst those who were cast by Allah into a war with the Jews, should not come at all as a surprise… Oh believing brothers, we do not feel a loss... The martyr, if he meets Allah, is forgiven with the first drop of blood; he is saved from the torments of the grave; he sees his place in Paradise; he is saved from the Great Horror [of the day of judgment]; he is given 72 black-eyed women; he vouches for 70 of his family to be accepted to Paradise; he is crowned with the Crown of glory, whose precious stone is better than all of this world and what is in it…"

"We tell them: in as much as you love life - the Muslim loves death and martyrdom. There is a great difference between he who loves the hereafter and he who loves this world. The Muslim loves death and [strives for] martyrdom."

Snow vs. Ashrawi, FOX News, August 19, 2002 :
Tony Snow: What I would like to do is read to you just a few statements that appeared on Palestinian TV on August 3 of this year, in a sermon broadcast over the television network, here is the quote:

"All weapons must be aimed at the Jews… Whom the Koran describes as monkeys and pigs. Whoever can fight the Jews with his weapons should go out to the battle; whoever can fight with a machine gun should go out; whoever can fight with a sword or knife should go out; whoever can fight them with his hands should go out… Nothing will deter them, except the color of their filthy people's blood; nothing will deter them except for us voluntarily detonating ourselves in their midst."

That is from Sheikh Ibrahim Madhi. Now, the question is, that being on your national TV, should people not view that as an endorsement of those tactics?

Hanan Ashrawi: Well, frankly, I haven't heard this sermon, but had it been actually said, I certainly question the sources, but had it been broadcast, certainly I would condemn it.

Tony Snow: We understand that, as a matter of fact, hate language is used by both sides. The unusual factor here is that it is on a television channel that you and the Legislative Council and Yasser Arafat control. You're responsible for the content…

Hanan Ashrawi: No we don't control it.

Tony Snow: You don't control your own television network?

Hanan Ashrawi: No, no. There is no censorship or control on those and I never heard this speech, and I will have to take your word for it, although I would like to know your sources.
So, Molly Ivins may find mosques "entertaining," she may read this new Mosque book to her grandchildren, and tell them about the "religion of peace." She may also teach them that the three little pigs went out to (vegan) dinner with the big, bad wolf and lived happily ever after, but count me out. Mosque will not grace my coffee table nor my children's bookshelves.

My kids know the real score: 1,262 very dead Israelis, from a segment of the War on Jews that started the year my youngest was born, 1993. She'll be eleven in February. And thank G-d, she's nobody's fool.