The Imam apologized, but I'm not buying

Bad vibes from the California imam. And such hatred can’t be taken back and tidied up with a simple apology. 

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Jack Engelhard,

Jack Engelhard
Jack Engelhard
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We bring them into our country on trust that they will become good citizens and many of them may be just that – but then we also get an imam at Davis, in northern California who doesn’t whisper sweet nothings – but openly sermonizes death to all Jews.

How many others are like that – we don’t know. But we can guess.

That happened a few days ago at the Islamic Center of Davis, where this character preached that we should be “annihilated down to the very last one.”

Turns out he has apologized. I’m not buying. Such hatred can’t be taken back and tidied up with a simple apology. 

The rant was just too REAL, too disturbing, whereas the atonement appears to be too calculated and politically expedient. 

Such bad vibes strike at the heart of every American. You don’t have to be Jewish.

So the question remains, is this the gift of immigration – and who precisely is it you want to annihilate, Mr. Imam? 

It must be assumed, then, that your hit list includes Woody Allen, Larry David, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Lewis, Seth Rogan, Ben Stiller, Robert Klein, to name but a few of the hundreds who brought smiles, laughter and joy to America going back 100 years and beyond.

Where is your Milton Berle? Where is your Sid Caesar? Moving right along -- Where is your Hyman Rickover, “Father of the Nuclear Navy?” 

Where is your David Sarnoff, “Father of Broadcasting” – radio and television?


Where is your Salk? Where is your Einstein? It must be assumed that had you been here earlier you’d want them annihilated as well.
The Jews of America, like the Gershwins, Neil Simon and thousands more like them, lit up Broadway, and “down to the very last one” founded and created Hollywood.

Where were you?

Where is your Salk? Where is your Einstein? It must be assumed that had you been here earlier you’d want them annihilated as well.

Lucky for us, I guess, that we got the polio vaccine, and a thousand more medical advances, before your campaign to annihilate us one and all.

Where are your hospitals? Jewish Hospitals throughout the United States have served millions whatever color, creed, or religion. 

Going back to around 1951, the writer/historian Dagobert D. Runes produced an opus titled “The Hebrew Impact on Western Civilization.”

The book is an immense catalog of achievements, from Colonial times onward, that logs Jewish genius on medicine, music, religion, science, economics, literature, entertainment and soldiering. That volume was a resource companion in the writing of my newsroom/Middle East thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” 

Where is your book, Mr. Imam? Where are your achievements and contributions to American Civilization?

Can you name something? Anything? Yet you speak. 

Jewish American Nobel Prizes by the number include; Chemistry, 50, Economics, 43, Physics, 66, Medicine, 70, Literature, 8. 

Yours can be counted on one hand – and yet you strut. 

The Jews of America fought in every US war – always heroically and well beyond their proportion to the general population…typified by the seven Jewish soldiers who personally received the Medal of Honor from President Lincoln.

Where were you and your fathers while our fathers fought, bled and died for the United States of America?

To Muslim American soldiers on the front lines for us today, you have our thanks. This is not about you. 

This is about this imam and others like him who spoil everything.

You came rather late, Mr. Imam, but straight off the boat you give yourself the right to lecture us through your sharia, your jihad and everything else that has no place in America. We do not believe in honor killings around here; prescribed wife beatings; or compulsory female genital mutilation.

Nor do we need more bigotry than we’ve already got. We don’t need it imported.

The Pilgrims brought with them the Hebrew Scriptures, the Torah, not the Koran, and so today our culture rests on Judeo/Christian values. 

If our virtues are unsuitable to you, Mr. Imam, you know where you can go, and do not let the door hit you on the way out.

And in case you missed it, here he is:

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the ground-breaking inside-journalism thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com