Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal has just become the first and only national leader in any country to acknowledge publicly that some Muslim clerics engage in hate speech and justify it using the Qur’an. In the West the focus is on the false claim that those trying to resist the jihad and Islamic supremacism are the ones actually guilty of hate speech. That charge, of course, is a tool of Islamic supremacists in their attempts to demonize and marginalize all who dare to stand up to the jihadist imperative.
“Tanzania: VP Warns Clerics Over Hate-Speech,” by Amina Juma for the Tanzania Daily News, October 27:
Moshi “” THE Vice-President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal has called on religious leaders to continue preaching peace, love and unity and warned those inclined to preach hatred to stop it henceforth, saying any breach of peace would cost the nation dearly.
Addressing Eid-El-Hajj Baraza at Jihad Mosque in Vuchama, Mwanga district in Kilimanjaro region yesterday, the Vice-President said the recent violence that erupted in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam was a result of unnecessary hate-speeches made by some Muslim clerics.
“For many decades, Tanzania has not witnessed religious-motivated conflicts. This will not be allowed to happen again. Worshippers need to know that conflicts resulting from trivial issues like fighting for ownership of a mosque are uncalled for. Chaos taints the good image of the worshippers,” Dr Bilal said.
He stressed that the government would take appropriate measures against the perpetrators of violence, saying it is easy to break peace but very costly to restore it. Dr Bilal reminded the faithful to read carefully the Holy Quran and treasure its many verses which teach about peace and unity and implored religious leaders to use the scripture to talk about peace instead of hatred….
Good luck with that.