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The government of Saudi Arabia is disseminating propaganda through American mosques that teaches hatred of Jews and Christians and instructs Muslims that they are on a mission behind enemy lines in a land of unbelievers, according to a year-long study by a Washington human-rights group.

The 89-page report by Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom, “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques,” concludes the Saudi government propaganda examined reflects a “totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence.”

The report says the fact it is “being mainstreamed within our borders through the efforts of a foreign government, namely Saudi Arabia, demands our urgent attention.”

The report asserts: “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.”

The Center for Religious Freedom says Saudi Arabia’s “extremist Wahhabi ideology” is followed by a distinct minority of Sunni Muslims worldwide, “as is evident by the millions of Muslims who have chosen to make America their home and are upstanding, law-abiding citizens and neighbors.”

Former CIA chief James Woolsey, chairman of the board of Freedom House, writes in the forward that such publications that “advocate an ideology of hatred have no place in a nation founded on religious freedom and toleration.”

Among the key findings of the report:

  • Various Saudi government publications gathered for the study, most of which are in Arabic, assert 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 promote contempt for the United States because it is ruled by legislated civil law rather than by totalitarian Wahhabi-style Islamic law. They condemn democracy as un-Islamic;

  • The documents stress that when Muslims are in the lands of the unbelievers, they must behave as if on a mission behind enemy lines. Either they are there to acquire new knowledge and make money to be later employed in the jihad against the infidels, or they are there to proselytize the infidels until at least some convert to Islam.

    Any other reason for lingering among the unbelievers in their lands is illegitimate, and unless a Muslim leaves as quickly as possible, he or she is not a true Muslim and so too must be condemned. For example, a document in the collection for the “Immigrant Muslim” bears the words “Greetings from the Cultural Attache in Washington, D.C.” of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and is published by the government of Saudi Arabia.

    In an authoritative religious voice, it gives detailed instructions on how to “hate” the Christian and Jew: Never greet them first. Never congratulate the infidel on his holiday. Never imitate the infidel. Do not become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Do not wear a graduation gown because this imitates the infidel;

  • Other Muslims, especially those who advocate tolerance, are condemned as infidels. The opening fatwa in one Saudi embassy-distributed book, published by the Saudi Air Force, responds to a question about a Muslim preacher in a European mosque who taught that it is not right to condemn Jews and Christians as infidels. The Saudi state cleric’s reply rebukes the Muslim cleric: “He who casts doubts about their infidelity leaves no doubt about his.” Since, under Saudi law, “apostates’ from Islam can be sentenced to death, this is an implied death threat against the tolerant Muslim imam, as well as an incitement to vigilante violence;

  • Sufi and Shiite Muslims are viciously condemned;

  • For a Muslim who fails to uphold the Saudi Wahhabi sect’s sexual mores [i.e. through homosexual activity or heterosexual activity outside of marriage], the edicts published by the Saudi government’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs and found in American mosques advise “it would be lawful for Muslims to spill his blood and to take his money”;

  • Regarding those who convert out of Islam, the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs explicitly asserts, they “should be killed”;

  • Saudi textbooks and other publications in the collection, propagate a Nazi-like hatred for Jews, treat the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion as historical fact, and avow that the Muslim’s duty is to eliminate the state of Israel;

  • Regarding women, the Saudi publications instruct that they should be veiled, segregated from men and barred from certain employment and roles;

    The report states: “While the government of Saudi Arabia claims to be ‘updating’ or reforming its textbooks and study materials within the kingdom, its publications propagating an ideology of hatred remain plentiful in some prominent American mosques and Islamic centers, and continue to be a principal resource available to students of Islam within the United States.”

The Center for Religious Freedom said the research, translation and principle analysis of the materials for the report were carried out by both Muslims and non-Muslims who wish to remain anonymous for reasons of security.

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