From The Gathering Storm Blog

It’s not bad enough that the author of this piece is a blatant apologist for Islam. What’s worse is that it is written by a rabbi.

The following is an excerpt from a speech Rabbi Eric Yoffie delivered Aug. 3 to the Islamic Society of North America’s 44th annual convention in Chicago. Yoffie is president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest Jewish religious movement in North America, consisting of more than 900 congregations and 1.5 million Jews.

You can read the whole thing here. But I comment on some of the more ridiculous statement he made.

There is no lack of so-called experts who are eager to seize on any troubling statement by any Muslim thinker and pin it on Islam as a whole. Thus, it has been far too easy to spread the image of Islam as enemy, as terrorist, as the frightening unknown.

How did this happen?

How did it happen that Christian fundamentalists, such as Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham, make vicious and public attacks against your religious tradition?

How did it happen that when a Muslim congressman takes his oath of office while holding the Quran, Dennis Prager suggests that the congressman is more dangerous to America than the terrorists of Sept. 11?

How did it happen that a member of Congress, Tom Tancredo, now running for president, calls for the bombing of Mecca and Medina?

Anyone who, in the slightest way, wandered off the reservation of the MSM can answer the rabbi on the above. But it’s this comment that goes straight to core of the problem we face with Muslims who adhere strictly to their religion.

Even more important, how did it happen that law-abiding Muslims in this country can find themselves condemned for dual loyalty and blamed for the crimes of terrorists they abhor?

There it is. Dual loyalty. If you are an American you don’t have dual loyalties – specially in time of war. If you disagree as an AMERICAN what AMERICANS do, that’s one thing. But not holding loyalties to another nation. The nation I’m speaking of is the umma or the nation of Islam.

    One reason that all of this happens is the profound ignorance to which I referred. We know nothing of Islam — nothing. That is why we must educate our members, and we need your help. And we hope in doing so we will set an example for all Americans.
First, here the useful idiot to his faith is pleading for help from those who are taught that Jews are apes and pigs and should be slaughtered. The help he and we require is for Muslims to stand up and say we stand with Israel. We stand for tolerance. We stand for religious freedom and harmony. We stand against terrorism and the slaughter of the innocent.

Second, we know a great deal about Islam and more and more of us are learning more and more everyday. One need only pick up a paper sand see the persecution of other religions by Muslim leaders calling for the religious cleansing of the Sudan, the attempts at imposing Sharia law on non-Muslim countries, and the infiltration and insurgency of radical Islam into once moderate Muslim countries.

The dialogue will not be one way, of course. You will teach us about Islam, and we will teach you about Judaism. We will help you to overcome stereotyping of Muslims, and you will help us to overcome stereotyping of Jews.


That’s going to be a good trick since the Muslim holy book itself teaches Muslims to kill the infidel. Is the rabbi asking Muslims to go against the teachings in the Koran?

It’s not us that need to learn the positive side of Islam. It’s up to Muslims to show us that positive side exists by reforming their religion and removing the hate filled passages from the Koran and disposing of the Sharia law in the Hadith.

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