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January 29, 2005

Bigotry there and here

Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom is reporting that the Saudi government has, for the past two years,  been disseminating anti-Christian hate literature through American Mosques.

The report concludes that the Saudi government propaganda examined reflects a “totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence,” and the fact that it is “being mainstreamed within our borders through the efforts of a foreign government, namely Saudi Arabia, demands our urgent attention.” The report finds: “Not only does the government of Saudi Arabia not have a right – under the First Amendment or any other legal document – to spread hate ideology within U.S. borders, it is committing a human rights violation by doing so.”

Such publications that “advocate an ideology of hatred have no place in a nation founded on religious freedom and toleration,” write James Woolsey, chairman of the board of Freedom House, in the foreword to the report.

Among other things the material says, that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping them in any way, or taking part in their festivities and celebrations. The documents also promote contempt for the United States because it is ruled by legislated civil law rather than by totalitarian Wahhabi-style Islamic law, and condemns democracy as un-Islamic.

Typical are vitriol such as the following from Loyalty and Dissociation in Islam, Riyadh: Ibn Taymiya Library, collected from Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., in December of 2003:

“There is consensus on this matter, that whoever helps unbelievers against Muslims, regardless of what type of support he lends to them, he is an unbeliever himself.”

Such religious bigotry is not limited to Islam, though. As David Klinghoffer of the Wall Street Journal reports:

The scientist is Richard Sternberg, a research associate at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington. The holder of two Ph.D.s in biology, Mr. Sternberg was until recently the managing editor of a nominally independent journal published at the museum, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, where he exercised final editorial authority. The August issue included typical articles on taxonomical topics--e.g., on a new species of hermit crab. It also included an atypical article, "The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories." Here was trouble.

The piece happened to be the first peer-reviewed article to appear in a technical biology journal laying out the evidential case for Intelligent Design. According to ID theory, certain features of living organisms--such as the miniature machines and complex circuits within cells--are better explained by an unspecified designing intelligence than by an undirected natural process like random mutation and natural selection.

Sternberg has since been locked out of his office, shunned by his colleagues and has been forced to file a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel charging that he was subjected to discrimination on the basis of perceived religious beliefs.

Religious bigotry is religious bigotry whether it is perpetrated by Wahabi zealots or Evolutionist zealots.

Posted by Jack Lewis at January 29, 2005 01:43 PM

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You are right on target here. I truly believe that we are building toward an inescapable crescendo between Christians and Muslims in this country and that it will almost certainly lead to open persecution of Christians in our own country. The hate that is being propogated and promulgated against Chrsitians seems to be the 'popular' thing to do these days. We must stand strong.

Posted by: bryanm at January 30, 2005 10:06 AM

The only acceptable bashing is towards Christianity...

It's everywhere but if any other religion was mentioned in the same derogatory fashion as Christianity there would be an uproar and a backlash.

Posted by: Donna at January 30, 2005 12:30 PM

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