Harsh ser­mons un­der fire

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “River­side imam draws crit­i­cism for fiery ser­mons,” July 31

Two Cal­i­for­nia imams have drawn crit­i­cism for “fiery ser­mons” call­ing on Al­lah to “an­ni­hi­late” and “de­stroy” Jews. Although they apol­o­gized af­ter they were caught, I find it hard to be­lieve this is the first time they preached such fiery ser­mons. Have any of the mem­bers of the mosque quit and sought a more mod­er­ate mosque with more mod­er­ate lead­er­ship? Has the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions con­demned the re­marks? It is time for mod­er­ate Mus­lims to join the Jews.

David Good­win

Los An­ge­les

I am out­raged at the por­trayal of Mus­lims hat­ing peo­ple of the Jewish faith. That is nei­ther my ex­pe­ri­ence nor the ex­pe­ri­ence of our Or­ange County com­mu­nity. I am Jewish and a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Mus­lim Women’s Em­pow­er­ment Coun­cil. Our goal is bring­ing to­gether in­ter­faith women. We work hand in hand with com­mu­nity/ na­tional lead­ers and law en­force­ment and in­ter­faith to pro­mote peace and build cul­tural bridges. That is the Mus­lim com­mu­nity I know; th­ese imams’ lan­guage leads to anger, hate and vi­o­lence. It does not rep­re­sent the ma­jor­ity of the Mus­lim peo­ple.

Di­nah Frieden


Un­for­tu­nately, many of us are no longer sur­prised that ser­mons such as Imam Mah­moud Har­moush de­liv­ered re­cently was filled with hate and anti-Semitism. What seems miss­ing in the sto­ries on this sub­ject is the un­stated re­sponse of the con­gre­ga­tion to such spewed ha­tred.

War­ren Lar­son


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