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U.S. Imams Call for Restricting Free Speech
As the Muhammad movie riots continued into a second week, two imams based in the United States joined the calls from the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brotherhood for the U.S. to criminalize criticism of Islam.
Sheikh Husham al-Husainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Education Center in Dearborn, Michigan, said about the worldwide Muslim riots that "the only solution is to replace the hate with love." And "love," in his mind, meant that "they should put a law not to insult a spiritual leader."
Meanwhile, Imam Mohammad Qatanani of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, New Jersey, said that "we, as Americans, have to put limits and borders [on] freedom of speech," for while Americans do indeed have the freedom of speech, they have "no right" to talk about topics holy to Muslims, for to do so will lead to "hatred or war among people."
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