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Rabbi Boteach to Moderate Muslims: Take Your Religion Back

By    |   Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 07:17 PM

Moderate Muslims must take back their religion from those committing atrocities in the name of Islam — a tall order in the wake of President Barack Obama's refusal to call out radical groups like al-Qaida as terrorists, influential Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says.

"President Obama has long had a problem in even mentioning Islamic terrorism, as if people who use the expression tar and feather all Muslims with that brush. Of course they do not," Boteach said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We do not hold God-fearing Muslims accountable for the evil done in the name of their faith. We do hold all people accountable for not condemning that terrorism in the name of the faith and its moderate Muslims that have to take their religion back.

How can they do that if President Obama won't even acknowledge that it's being done in the name of their faith of if he trivializes the evil that is today being done in the name of religion?"

Boteach, founder of This World: The Values Network, said he is perplexed by Obama's likening of the most recent atrocity by the Islamic State — burning alive a Jordanian pilot — to the savagery of the Crusade in the name of Chris nearly a thousand years ago.

"I don't understand the connection between religious atrocities that were perpetrated a millennia ago or 200 years ago," he said.

"We have a global crisis right now with people being beheaded, burned to death, blown to smithereens, shot in the head, hung in public squares on cranes in the name of Islam and everyone should be condemning it, beginning with God-fearing Muslims who don't want their religion taken over by monsters."

Boteach said he wasn't shocked that the Islamic State (ISIS) would burn a man alive and then send a video out it out to the world.

"Not at all. There is nothing that is beyond the inhumanity and the abominable behavior of ISIS. They are not human, they have erased the image of God from their countenance," he said.

"They don't have a semblance of human feelings, sympathy, or decency. That's what makes them so dangerous. Each of us has a human conscience. We have something inside us that protects and prevents us from crossing certain lines.

"ISIS has no such thing. In fact they get off through murder and violence. That is their drug of choice. They live for mayhem and murder. They are beasts of the field. They represent a level of evil that we have seldom seen."

Boteach, who spoke to Steve Malzberg via Skype from Amsterdam, added:

"[I] just finished seeing a global production of the Anne Frank story. We've seen this kind of evil – Anne Frank murdered in [the] Bergen-Belsen [death camp] when she was 15 years old. Six million Jews killed, and it’s the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

"We've seen this level of inhumanity, we know what true evil looks like. ISIS has to be stopped because they can represent a level of global slaughter if they get the tools, if they get the weapons that will be truly unthinkable."

Boteach said he is also alarmed that some Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hinting they will skip a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month.

"I hope that the Jewish community has a long memory of those who will not turn up to the prime minister's vigil speech or those who are threatening not to," he said.

"Because with all due respect, Israel faces an existential threat of annihilation from the most brutal regime on Earth, the mullahs of Iran, and the prime minister of Israel has a moral duty and a religious obligation to come before Congress and to speak about the threat of the Iranian nukes.

"That people should be threatening not to attend is an insult to the Jewish community and Israel."

The appearance by Netanyahu, set for March 3, has irked the White House because he was invited by House Speaker John Boehner, something the administration sees a a breach of protocol.

Botecah's New Jersey-based group is committed to "spreading the universal values of the Jewish people and making Israel a light unto the nations."

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