This time it's Sheik Feiz Mohammed, a radical (Australian born) Islamic cleric who produced a series of videos which encourage children to become martyrs; inciting them to violence by saying "Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid. Put in their soft, tender hearts the zeal of jihad and a love of martyrdom." And in a video broadcast on Australian TV, Mohammed (who happens to be the head of an Islamic youth center) said, "We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam." He is also seen in the videos ridiculing Jews, snorting and calling them pigs and claiming they will go to hell.
Mohammed, naturally, claims his words have been misinterpreted and that "The jihad I speak of is not one of violence. It is one of personal struggle against things like mischievousness, temptation and personal harm." He insists that he does not believe in suicide bombings or violence against others, saying: "We denounce that. This is not Islamic law and it is not moral." Does he think we're that stupid??? That we don't know the meaning of: Mujahid (Holy warrior)? Jihad? Martyrdom?
And notice how often these radicals try and backpedal out of the inflammatory comments they make, by claiming their words have been misconstrued or that we misunderstood their intentions? The problem is, many of these extremists living in western countries appease their host governments by claiming one thing and then saying the exact opposite when they're amongst their fellow Muslims. Go to Memri TV and you could spend hours witnessing this hypocrisy. Or go to YouTube; apparently there's a video of one of Mohammed's lectures (though I wasn't able to find it) about the state of Islam today, in which he berates modern Muslims for not being as inclined to martyr themselves as the Muslims of old. He goes on to say that, "In our times, it is the fear of death... the fear of sacrificing your finger, your toe, a drop of blood...that is more honorable than anything else. We are the most humiliated nation on the face of this earth, there is no doubt. Why? Because martyrdom to us is not appealing, it's not as appealing to us as it was to those ancestors, the great warriors."
What I find most appalling and despicable, is the indoctrination of their youth into this religious culture of violence. What kind of perverse thinking prompts someone to believe it's okay to encourage young children to kill. Corrupting the hearts and minds of 'innocents' by instilling hatred in their "soft, tender hearts" and encouraging them to harm others, is morally offensive; as is offering them up as sacrifice in defense of Islam. Sheik Mohammed talks of 'defending Islam'; but from what? Islam is a religion of aggression, it needs no defense.
These kinds of clerics are popping up all over the world, and no-one seems to be doing anything about it. If we don't do something now, it's going to become a huge, unsolvable problem in the near future.