Why didn’t they rise up en masse and cry out, “Islam is a Religion of Peace! You extremists are hijacking our religion!”? Why didn’t they cast this pro-Islamic State preacher out of the mosque and replace him with a moderate?
“Mosque-Goers Pledge Allegiance to ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi following Sermon in Al-Raqqah, Syria, MEMRI, July 29, 2014:
In this video-clip, the preacher at a mosque in Al-Raqqah, Syria, says: “The whole world has witnessed the greatest events in contemporary history: The caliphate has been declared, and the Muslims have been appointed a caliph.” Following the sermon, the mosque-goers pledged allegiance to the Emir of the Believers, and cried: “We pledge to hear and obey.”