What could possibly make this sermon by French Imam mam Mohamed Tatai worse?
Answer: his job description
A French-Jewish group called for legal action against a senior Muslim cleric in Toulouse who in a sermon recited antisemitic religious passages and predicted Israel’s destruction.
On Wednesday, the France chapter of the B’nai B’rith group condemned on Twitter the statements that Mohamed Tatai, the imam of the newly inaugurated Grand Mosque of Toulouse and the leader of an interfaith dialogue group, delivered on Dec. 15.
B’nai B’rith France President Philippe Meyer on Wednesday posted the URL to the MEMRI translation, adding: “Outraged by the anti-Semitic rhetoric and prophecies on Israel’s demise.”
Such rhetoric cannot serve as the basis for “constructing Islam in France,” Meyer added. “Such incitement to hate must be punished.”
Tatai is the president of the Circle for Civil Dialogue, a nonprofit whose mission is to “facilitate dialogue between citizens on a social-cultural level, educationally and through sports.” On Saturday he led the inauguration ceremony of the city’s new and largest mosque, a $7.5 million building, where he serves as the most prominent imam.
During the inauguration ceremony, which included the release of white doves, Tatai said the mosque will serve “to instill the values of peace” and as a “bulwark against extremism.” In light of the sermon, Meyer said the imam’s talk of tolerance was “unacceptable doublespeak.”