A reader adds to the record:
Here you can find his legal opinion from 2005 arguing in favor the death penalty for apostasy. Here he talks about female masturbation. And [above] you can find the Sheikh essentially arguing that God sent Hitler to punish the Jews.
If the recent proclamations from the Muslim Brotherhood about "freedom for all," "true democracy" and "human rights" aren't just the convenient talking points of the moment (for political expediency), but represent a genuine commitment to reform, then why would they invite Mr. Qaradawi to return from 30 years in exile and preside over that truly historic event on Friday? Are there no other more "moderate" preachers they could find in all of Egypt?
It seems much of the Western media and the so called "experts" take these proclamations at face value with no questions asked and no skepticism or common sense. It bears a kind of an eerie resemblance to the lead up to the Iraq War (the "Curveball" syndrome), which resulted in vast human suffering.
Point taken. And yet he has made real rhetorical overtures to the Coptic Christians in Egypt since his return. But his anti-Semitism? Really, appallingly awful. And, alas, not that exceptional everywhere in the region. My hope, of course, is that this sickness abates in more open societies where the rulers do not deploy anti-Semitism as a tool to keep themseves in power. My fear is that it has become so ingrained in Arab and Muslim culture that it endures; and that religiously influenced parties will deepen it.