Shari’a and Violence in American Mosques
New study in the Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2011, pp. 59-72.
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See Table 6 in particular. It indicates, that while most American mosques do not:
* promote joining a terrorist organization
* collect money for known terrorist organizations
* distribute memorabilia featuring jihadists or terror organizations
(the second point of which is a criminal act in the USA)
a high percentage do tend to:
* promote the study of texts promoting violence
* promote violent jihad
* promote financial support of terror
* promote caliphate in the US
* praise terror against the West
* invite imams or preachers who are known promoters of violent jihad.
Mosques promoting Sharia Law (which is to say, most of them) were, expectedly, the worst in these regards, and the obvious outward indicators — such as men wearing traditional Islamic beards and clothing, and women wearing the veil or hijab — were most strongly correlated with the above attitudes of violent jihad. And interestingly, mosques with higher levels of violence promotion had more "believers" in regular attendance, with fewer Muslims attending mosques where moderate Islamic messages were given, and no traditional Islamic clothing or veiling of women was found. But even within these "moderate" mosques, "severe texts" promoting violent jihad and financial support of terrorism was found in 97% (as compared to 98% of "non-moderate" mosques). This could be an expression of the fact that the Saudi Arabian government has been sending violence-promoting Wahhabist propaganda material into American mosques since many decades, and the acceptance of that material, along with regular visits by extremist violence-promoting mullahs and imams, was always a precondition for getting big money for mosque-building from the Saudi extremists.
Here are the study’s concluding statements, in the usual softened-down academese, which should make these words all the more chilling.
"Unfortunately, the results of the current survey strongly suggest that Islam-as it is generally practiced in mosques across the United States-continues to manifest a resistance to the kind of tolerant religious and legal framework that would allow its followers to make a sincere affirmation of liberal citizenship. This survey provides empirical support for the view that mosques across America, as institutional and social settings for mosque-going Muslims, are at least resistant to social cooperation with non-Muslims. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of mosques surveyed promoted literature supportive of violent jihad and a significant number invited speakers known to have promoted violent jihad and other behaviors that are inconsistent with a reasonable construct of liberal citizenship.
This survey suggests that, first and foremost, Muslim community leaders must take a more active role in educating their own faith community about the dangers associated with providing a safe haven for violent literature and its promotion-whether that safe haven is the mosque or the social club. These results also suggest that researchers and counterterrorist specialists should pay closer attention to the use and exploitation of classic Islamic legal doctrine and jurisprudence for recruiting and generating a commitment to violence against the perceived enemies of Islam. Finally, these findings should engender at least an interest among researchers to begin to study carefully Muslim attitudes toward citizenship and violence but one that differentiates between those who are Shari’a-adherent and those who are not. And, among Shari’a adherents, this future survey data must be sensitive to the distinction between traditionalism, orthodoxy, and Salafism, along with the more obvious sect distinctions, such as between Sunnis and Shiites."
An opinion item at World Net Daily summarizes the study in more plain language:
Dozens of ‘incubators’ for jihad found in U.S.
‘More than 80% of mosques advocate or promote violence’
And if statistical academic studies are not your favorite thing, then you can always review the many anecdotal news reports, as in the "Previous Stories" section at the bottom of this WND item, as well as the more comprehensive running tally of Islam’s murdered victims, with news reports on the basically daily Islamic atrocities, at the Religion of Peace website.