Incitement in the Mosques:
Testing the limits of free speech and religious liberty
By Kenneth Lasson*
Whittier Law Review | Fall, 2005
* Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law [with diligent research assistance on this article from Martin Cohen].
Text: 28,778 words
… Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country.
… In April of 2004, for example, a Muslim preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem referred to Jews as “sons of monkeys and pigs,” and as “murderers of prophets.”
… In an Al-Aqsa Mosque sermon, the United States-sponsored road map was called by Sheikh Yousef Abu Sneina one of the plots fabricated against the Palestinian people like the Oslo accords and the Camp David summit.
… Some clerics now openly preach incitement, urging fellow Muslims to follow the path of the jihad by destroying Jews, who continue to be vilified as “pigs and monkeys.”
… Official PA television offers a children’s program that glorifies massacres of civilians and suicide bombings, and broadcasts sermons that “continue to encourage terrorist jihad against all Jews.”
… It is not difficult to draw an analogy between the symbolic speech in Virginia v. Black and sermons promoting terror between the recent history of violence in Muslim society and the sermons related to jihad.
… It should go without saying that there are many similarities between the symbolic speech (cross burning) in Black and sermons promoting terror between the recent history of violence in Muslim society and the sermons related to jihad. …
n20. See Alyssa A. Lappen, “Ford Has A Better Idea: One Nation Under Allah,” FrontPageMagazine.com (Dec. 30, 2003), http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=11513.
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