Those who have supported Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf may soon be regretting that decision. I include members of the G.W. Bush administration in that group, since he was apparently hired as an emissary for the United States by the Bush crowd. Like an onion, the layers of Rauf are slowly but surely being peeled back and what we find isn't pretty. It makes me truly worry about those agencies in Washington who are supposed to investigate people like Rauf.
Rauf supports the destruction of Israel. The following from Richard at Hyscience:
Evidence that the so-called "moderate" (only by ill-informed and naive liberals) imam behind the Ground Zero mosque is anything but "moderate - just keeps piling up.
And today from FrontPageMag.com: Imam Rauf on Israel's Destruction:
"And I personally -- my own personal analysis tells me that a one-state solution is a more coherent one than a two-state solution," Imam Rauf told an audience in July 2005. The phrase "one-state solution" is often used by Islamic extremists to advocate the destruction of Israel, especially by those parading as moderates. It is said with the knowledge that any "one-state solution" would result in the Jews being outnumbered in their own land, replacing Israel with a Muslim state called Palestine.
A letter to the editor written by Imam Rauf on November 27, 1977 puts to rest any doubt that Rauf could have been misinterpreted. In it, he wrote that he supports Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, but only because it would ultimately bring victory over Israel. He reminds Muslims that Muhammad received similar resistance to his own peace treaty with their enemies but "peace turned out to be a most effective weapon against the unbeliever." (Emphasis added) Read more ...
Rauf calls the United States an accessory to 9/11.
His associate is a 9/11 truther.
Rauf blames Christians for everything wrong in the Muslim world.
Rauf is being sued as a slumlord, is that really the kind of person we want to build anything near Ground Zero?
Rauf has said that Islam does not need reforming.
Supports the Muslim Brotherhood.
Steve Emerson says:
Faiz Khan, a physician who claims to have been a first responder after the September 11 attacks, is a founding member of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth and is on the advisory board of the Muslims for 9/11 Truth. In an essay on the Alliance's website, he argued that "the prime factor for the success of the criminal mission known as 9/11 did not come from the quarter known as 'militant Islam' [snip]
Khan and Rauf also are members of the Sufi Circle, created in 2004 to promote "a Divine Love, unity and tolerance for a happy and meaningful life." In an announcement for a pending appearance, Khan's photograph on the Sufi site comes from this 2005 speech he gave explaining his beliefs about the 9/11 attacks. Cropped out is a sign behind Khan that reads "Expose the 9/11 Cover-Up."
In that speech, Khan claimed people he meets in the Middle East and North Africa take government responsibility for 9/11 as a given and ask what Americans don't understand. (more and videos here)
Devil in disguise in my opinion. (Image: Peeling away layers of the demonic onion.)
M. Zudhdi Jasser, an American Muslim, who sees Imam
Rauf very clearly, writes:
... But 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.
As an American Muslim, I look at that pit of devastation and contemplate the thousands of lives undone there within seconds. I pray for the ongoing strength to fight the fanatics who did this, and who continue their war against my country with both overt violence and covert strategies that aim to undo the very freedoms for which so many have fought and died.
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. (Wall Street Journal)
Dr. Jasser, a medical doctor and a former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander, is the founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix, Ariz.
Lawrence Auster notes: "what the hell is this Muslim anti-American doing as a U.S. good will ambassador to Muslim countries? For heaven's sake, it puts America on a British level of national self-degradation."
But maybe it's too late to warn against such degradation. Aren't we already in it? What could be worse than that our own government officially covers up and ignores the Islamic beliefs and agenda of Islamic terrorists such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, as happened in the Defense Department's final report on the Fort Hood massacre? Have the congressional Republicans demanded accountability from the administration over that outrage? Have they demanded the firing of Army Chief of Staff George Casey for saying that the dismissal from the Army of Hasan, by reducing the Army's diversity, would have been a greater tragedy than the mass murder that the undismissed Hasan proceeded to commit? Again, I'm not aware that the Republicans have said anything about that. I'm not aware that Casey has faced any criticism from the Congress or from anywhere in the political system over his "diversity is more important than the lives of our soldiers" statement. The only people who complain about it are powerless bloggers like me. So, how do we get exercised about the latest unaccounted-for outrage, when we are already surrounded by unaccounted-for outrages? [Snip] it's impossible for human beings to keep track of or do anything about so many evils at once.
Amen and Amen!.