No doubt Kerry has no idea that Morsi was invoking the Qur'an. But he was:
"This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs." -- Mohammad Morsi, President of Egypt
"And (remember, O Children of Israel) when We made a covenant with you and caused the mount to tower above you, (saying): Hold fast that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein, that ye may ward off (evil). Then, even after that, ye turned away, and if it had not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy ye had been among the losers. And ye know of those of you who broke the Sabbath, how We said unto them: Be ye apes, despised and hated!" -- Qur'an 2:63-65
"Say: O People of the Scripture! Do ye blame us for aught else than that we believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed aforetime, and because most of you are evil-livers? Shall I tell thee of a worse (case) than theirs for retribution with Allah? (Worse is the case of him) whom Allah hath cursed, him on whom His wrath hath fallen and of whose sort Allah hath turned some to apes and swine, and who serveth idols. Such are in worse plight and further astray from the plain road." -- Qur'an 5:59-60
"Ask them (O Muhammad) of the township that was by the sea, how they did break the Sabbath, how their big fish came unto them visibly upon their Sabbath day and on a day when they did not keep Sabbath came they not unto them. Thus did We try them for that they were evil-livers. And when a community among them said: Why preach ye to a folk whom Allah is about to destroy or punish with an awful doom, they said: In order to be free from guilt before your Lord, and that haply they may ward off (evil). And when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We rescued those who forbade wrong, and visited those who did wrong with dreadful punishment because they were evil-livers. So when they took pride in that which they had been forbidden, We said unto them: Be ye apes despised and loathed!" -- Qur'an 7:164-166
So when Morsi calls the contemporary Jews in Israel the "descendants of apes and pigs," he is saying that they're the descendants of the Sabbath-breaking Jews who defied Allah in these Qur'an passages. His epithet, in other words, is inherently Qur'anic. And now Kerry is calling his remarks "reprehensible." Will Islamic supremacist groups in the U.S. demand that he apologize for calling Qur'an-based remarks "reprehensible"? Or will he get a free pass for his blasphemy because he is about to head up Muslim Appeasement Central, the U.S. State Department?
"John Kerry Defends Obama Admin’s F-16 Gifts to Muslim Brotherhood-Ruled Egypt," by Madeleine Morgenstern for The Blaze, January 24 (thanks to Bill):
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s gift of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s newly-surfaced comments referring to Israelis as “descendents of apes and pigs.”
Kerry, during his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state, told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) the foreign aid package was worked out in 2010 when Hosni Mubarak still ruled Egypt.
“The fact that sometimes other countries elect someone you don’t agree with doesn’t give us permission to walk away,” Kerry said.
He called Morsi’s comments “reprehensible” and “unacceptable by anyone’s standard.”
“Those comments set back possibilities of working towards mutual issues of mutual interest,” he said. “They are degrading comments, they’re unacceptable by anyone’s standard and I think they have to be apologized for.”
But he said despite Morsi’s words, Kerry said the U.S. has a “critical interest” in Egypt — hence following through on the aid package.
“Not everything lends itself to a simple classification, black or white,” Kerry said. “We have critical interests with Egypt, critical interests. Egypt has thus far supported, lived by peace agreements with Israel and has taken steps to deal with the problem of security in the Sinai. Those are vital to us, our security interests and the security interests of Israel.”
What indication does he have that Egypt is going to keep abiding by those peace agreements -- especially since the U.S. keeps showering gifts upon it with no regard for accountability?