In one of the several trials now in progress, a group of alleged terrorist/terrorist-supporters are calling for imams who led them toward extremism be punished. That sounds right to me. Far too many have been able to hide behind the cloak of religion – or at least religiosity – to corrupt individuals and Saudi society. That they received a government stipend for the jobs as imams makes it worse. Their doing so led to conclusions that the government supported them in their messages of hate. The government has removed many imams and preachers from their positions; it has not jailed many.

Militants seek arrest of takfiri preachers

JEDDAH: Three men allegedly belonging to the Turki Al-Dandani terror cell told judges at a criminal court in Riyadh on Monday that preachers who issued takfiri (branding opponents “infidels”) religious edicts and encouraged youths to take part in jihad in Afghanistan should be arrested and brought to justice.

The defendants said preachers who previously prohibited people from watching TV channels are now competing with one another to appear on TV to make money.

They refuted claims that all military camps in Afghanistan belonged to Al-Qaeda or linked with the terrorist organization’s late leader Osama Bin Laden. They reiterated their allegiance to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

October:18:2011 - 10:31 | Comments & Trackbacks (6) | Permalink
6 Responses to “Getting to the Roots”
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    oby Said:
    October:18:2011 - 14:37 

    I would really like to see the same clean sweep happen in the USA. Get rid of the Saudi Korans and the Saudi sponsored imams. Not sure how much of that has already occured. Maybe the USA feels they can’t touch them due to separation of church and state…wouldn’t it be ironic if Saudi wound up having less hate dogma in their mosques than the USA?

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    John Burgess Said:
    October:18:2011 - 16:50 

    About four years ago, I was told by the Saudi Embassy in the US that it had stopped distributing any books in the US. It’s also been reported that they’re not sending preachers to the US, either, other than for their own training and education, not work. I cannot find a citation for that, however.

  3. 3
    oby Said:
    October:18:2011 - 21:08 

    Good to hear…does anyone actually follow up on that and see if it is abiding by those promises? What about removing the korans and putting more mainstream (less hate annotated) ones in place? It is good that they are not sending anymore but the ones in place already can last a long time.

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    Saudi Jawa Said:
    October:19:2011 - 12:01 

    I’m all for that. Too many Imams and preachers have gotten away with changing their stance. I remember a preacher I knew who called for Jihad (actually tried to recruit me for Afghanistan when I was a kid), now that his tone has changed he assures people that his message was one of peace all along.

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    John Burgess Said:
    October:19:2011 - 14:50 

    And after the preachers, the teachers. I think some teachers are getting away with murder (or at least manslaughter) because they prefer their own curriculum in the classroom to what they’re supposed to be teaching.

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    Sparky Said:
    October:20:2011 - 03:43 

    Everything you have said is true John.

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