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August 08, 2010
Imam Rauf Meeting and Greeting Potential Foreign Muslim Investors For Ground Zero Islamist Victory Mosque, Despite Claims All Funding Would Be Domestic; PS, The State Department's Paying For His Trip
Perhaps it's coincidence that instead of haggling over financing in New York, Rauf--Imam Feisal, to his followers--will spend the rest of the summer touring some of the petro-dollar capitals of the planet, including such fonts of potential funding as Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Rauf's wife and partner in nonprofits, Daisy Kahn, told me in a phone interview this week that he will not be fundraising during these travels. Nor, said Kahn, will she be fund-raising when she makes a similar State-sponsored outreach trip later this month to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Building bridges? How about flying planes into bridges?
The argument of Ms Palin and others is instead that it is insensitive to build a mega-mosque next to the spot where 2,700 people were killed in Islam’s name. This distinction – between what is constitutional and what is appropriate – is an important one.
And Bill Kristol on Mayor Mike Bloomberg: "Shut up, he explained."
Last Tuesday, standing in front of the Statue of Liberty, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke on the subject of the proposed mosque at Ground Zero. His remarks will be read with curiosity by future generations of Americans, who will look back in astonishment at the self-deluding pieties and self-destructive dogmas that are held onto, at once smugly and desperately, by today’s liberal elites. Our liberation from those dogmas, and from those elites, is underway across the nation. But it’s worth taking a look at Bloomberg’s speech, if only to remind us of what we need to ascend from so our descendants can look back with curiosity at the ethos to which we did not succumb.
Are Muslims required to be tolerant of our sensitivities about Islamist mass murder? Or do we not count?
A question I'd like posed to Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan. They say (dishonestly, I think) that they are building the mosque to send a "message," allegedly about peace and harmony.
How many Muslims do they imagine will get a different message -- that Muslims have knocked down one of our churches (one of capitalist decadence, in their eyes) and erected a Muslim Mosque on the site, as they have hundreds of times before? And that this message is actually "Terrorism works, and Islamism shall triumph"?
Do they deny a significant fraction of Muslims will take that message from their Victory Mosque?
And which Muslims do we have to worry about more -- the ones who would be receptive to a supposed message of peace, or the ones who would seize upon a message of triumph through terrorism?
Ask them, conservative media. Demand that they answer with no evasions.
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