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Friday, July 22, 2005

Why Is This Man Still at Large?

Freedom of speech is not absolute. And once it is limited, where and how it is limited become important constitutional questions. Drawing boundaries and preventing a "slippery slope" is very difficult.

Most reasonable academics prefer fewer limitations on speech, allowing competition in the marketplace for ideas to determine which ideas survive. But even the most extreme of the free market type academics will not (and should not) tolerate instigations to kill other people as acceptable under a freedom of speech defence.

So why is this man still at large? [registration required]
South African-born Sheik Younus Kathrada, who is associated with the Dar al-Madinah Islamic Society, has been under investigation for hate crimes since last October.

In sermons posted on the Internet, he referred to Jews as "the brothers of the monkeys and the swine." He said the Prophet tells them, "Oh Muslim, Oh slave of Allah, that verily behind me is a Jew. Then come and kill him."

Islamic scripture predicted an apocalyptic battle with the Jews, he said. "Unfortunately we hear too many people saying we must build bridges with them. No. They understand one language. It is the language of the sword, and it is the only language they understand."

In another lecture, Mr. Kathrada said Islam endorses offensive jihad, or holy war, to convert non-believers. "It is in order to establish security on this earth," he said. "It is so that the word of Allah will be the superior word."

All Muslims should desire to become martyrs if the opportunity arises, he said. "For one of you to be in the front row of the Muslims . . . with the mujahedeen is better than him standing in prayer for 60 years. It is inconceivable that a true believer will not desire martyrdom."
His teachings have been condemned by other Muslim leaders in British Columbia, where he preaches his hate. He is under investigation for hate crimes. But he should be either deported or behind bars.

[thanks to BenS for the pointer]
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