Skip to comments.Questions for Imam Rauf From an American Muslim
Posted on 09/10/2010 6:55:40 AM PDT by nuconvert
He may not appear to the untrained eye to be an Islamist, but by making Ground Zero an Islamic rather than an American issue he shows his true allegiance.
Imam Rauf and his supporters are clearly more interested in making a political statement in relation to Islam than in the mosque's potential for causing community division and pain to those who lost loved ones on 9/11. That division is already bitterly obvious.
I must ask Imam Rauf: For what do you standwhat's best for Americans overall, or for what you think is best for Islam? What have you said and argued to Muslim-majority nations to address their need for reform? You have said that Islam does not need reform, despite the stoning of women in Muslim countries, death sentences for apostates, and oppression of reformist Muslims and non-Muslims.
You now lecture Americans that WTC mosque protests are "politically motivated" and "go against the American principle of church and state." Yet you ignore the wide global prevalence of far more dangerous theo-political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and all of its violent and nonviolent offshoots.
...most voices in this case have been very clear that for every American freedom of religion is a right, but that it is not right to make one's religion a global political statement with a towering Islamic edifice that casts a shadow over the memorials of Ground Zero.
Islamists in "moderate" disguise are still Islamists.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
I imagine this guy will be recieving death threats from followers of Rauf. At which point Rauf will be standing beside them claiming their constitutional right of free speech.
Now there's a great FR tagline.
You must not be familiar with Dr. Jasser.
Try entering keyword jasser in FR’s search engine
Imam Rauf may not appear to the untrained eye to be an Islamist, but by making Ground Zero an Islamic rather than an American issue, and by failing to firmly condemn terrorist groups like Hamas, he shows his true allegiance.
Islamists in “moderate” disguise are still Islamists. In their own more subtle ways, the WTC mosque organizers end up serving the same aims of the separatist and supremacist wings of political Islam. In this epic struggle of the 21st century, we cannot afford to ignore the continuum between nonviolent political Islam and the militancy it ultimately fuels among the jihadists.
That last sentence is what most of Washington (and obviously the msm) - repubs & dems alike - just don’t get.
So, I’ll repeat it :
...we cannot afford to ignore the continuum between nonviolent political Islam and the militancy it ultimately fuels among the jihadists.
Above all this is a Public Relations venture for Rauf.
And his target audience is NOT the USA. He couldn’t care less about NY Muslims. This is a project to build his image in the Mid-East. Remember, there is no Vatican in Islam. One becomes an “Imam” or religious leader by simply having followers - and the more you have, the more holy you must be. To get this you also need name-recognition.
What better “street-cred” is there than telling the Muslim World you have built a mosque at the heart of the Great Satan? Also, being able to skim a reasonable profit off $100 million in donations doesn’t hurt either.
The idea that if we(The American People)just bend over and grab our ankles and Everything will bo OK isn’t even NAIVE!
If the most moderate Muslims are like this Imam we have reason to be highly guarded.
Thanks for the heads-up. The writer asks valid questions. Rauf still fails to answer some rather pointed questions. He twist, turns, and dodges. When all else fails, he hints at violence.
Off Topic FYI...
WSJ: A Symposium: What Is Moderate Islam?
The controversy over a proposed mosque in lower Manhattan has spurred a wider debate about the nature of Islam. We asked six leading thinkersAnwar Ibrahim, Bernard Lewis, Ed Husain, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Tawfik Hamid and Akbar Ahmedto weigh in.
yup. I posted it last week. ;~ )
You might want to skip the replies on the thread though. Most didn’t get beyond the title before commenting.....as expected
“You might want to skip the replies on the thread though. Most didnt get beyond the title before commenting.....as expected”
I find that hard to believe! :-)
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.