Monday, September 17, 2012

Special Report: Dearborn imam says Islam condemns violence, demands free speech restrictions

If the insults stop so will the violence.  So says imam Hassan Al-Qazwini.

That's called extortion.

From the Detroit Free Press September 15

Dearborn imam: Violence not what Islam preaches

As anger flared across the Muslim world Friday over an anti-Islam video from the U.S., the religious leader of Michigan's largest mosque slammed Islamic extremists for attacking U.S. embassies and urged Muslims not to react violently to attacks on their prophet.

And he urged the U.S. to do more to stop the people behind the video and those who are promoting it.

"Somehow, they should be stopped," said Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. "The U.S. response should be much more stronger than verbal condemnation."

Al-Qazwini attended the annual Eid dinner Thursday night at the State Department in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who spoke about the attacks on U.S. facilities that resulted in four deaths in Libya.

Clinton said the violence was not justified, a view that was echoed by Al-Qazwini. He said Islam teaches that ambassadors and other guests should always be welcomed.

"This is not what Islam preaches," Al-Qazwini said of the fatal attacks. "There is no way we can tolerate killing."

At the same time, he said we can't "sit and watch" as the anti-Islam video is promoted.

"We can do more to stop inciting violence," he said. Allowing the movie has "broader ramifications for our troops, diplomats and Americans abroad."

Such as ratcheting up your threats of violence until we back down.  Understood, Quazwini.

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