Incitement in the mosques:

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].

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… 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,” (Dec. 30, 2003),

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Alyssa A. Lappen is a U.S.-based investigative journalist. She is the former Managing Editor at the Leeb Group (2012-2017); a former Senior Fellow of the American Center for Democracy (2005-2008); and a former Senior Editor of Institutional Investor (1993-1999), Working Woman (1991-1993) and Corporate Finance (1991). She served six of her 12 years at Forbes (1978-1990) as an Associate Editor. Ms. Lappen was also a staff reporter at The New Haven Register (1975-1977). During a decade as a freelance, her work appeared in Big Peace, Pajamas Media, Front Page Magazine, American Thinker, Right Side News, Family Security Matters, the Washington Times and many other Internet and print journals. Ms. Lappen also contributed to the Terror Finance Blog, among others. She supports the right of journalists worldwide to write without fear or restriction on politics, governments, international affairs, terrorism, terror financing and religious support for terrorism, among other subjects. Ms. Lappen is also an accomplished poet. Her first full-length collection, The Minstrel's Song, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in April 2015. Her poems have been published in the 2nd 2007 edition of Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and both 2007 issues of Wales' award-winning Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Magazine. Dozens of her poems have appeared in print and online literary journals and books. She won the 2000 annual Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry chapbook award and has received a Harvard Summer Poetry Prize and several honorable mentions.

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