Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. It gives Americans the rights to have views that are contrary to the government or each other without fear of retribution within certain constraints. These constraints are just as important to our freedoms as the liberty of speech itself because they prevent the abuse of this freedom being used to incite violence.
In other words, we can say what we feel as long as our words do not result in harm to others. Screaming “fire!” in a crowded movie theater is a common example of the constraints inherent to proper freedom of speech.
But these constraints are being tested in mosques around the country, according to a recent report by Zvi Yehezkeli in coordination with Memri on Israeli television. Examples spread from coast to coast from Washington D.C. to Houston, Pittsburgh to Riverside, California. Across America, mosques and Muslim religious leaders are preaching incitement against the Jews in Arabic.
Imagine if a Christian pastor posted on his church’s YouTube channel a sermon that called members of another religion “pigs” while saying God will help their fellow Christians eliminate them in the near future. It would cause so much outrage that the church would be shut down immediately.
If you replace “Christian pastor” with “Muslim imams,” you’d be describing a reality in America today. That’s not to say all mosques preach hatred. It’s likely a small percentage that do. But it’s a significant enough representation that Americans should be aware. Press should be covering it. Protests should be happening.
If a Catholic school was surrounded by protesters because their students wore a particular type of hat, why aren’t any of the mosques in this video getting protested for calling for the death of Jews?
The answer is as straightforward as it is unfortunate. The fear of being labeled Islamophobic is stronger than the fear of the violence these imams incite. As noted in the video, there are Jews who want to speak out or protest, but they are concerned doing so would prompt public sentiment to slap the Islamophobia label on them.
One does not have to be Islamophobic to recognize and call out the unambiguous antisemitism that’s being preached in several major mosques around America. It’s not okay for anyone of any religion to call for the death of others. Not in America.