Read this quickly before Tomndebb sends it off to the Pit.
A couple of weeks ago when I weighed in with my opinion on the appropriateness of building a Mosque/Islamic centre near ground zero, I was assured that the Islamic group planning this centre is nice and civilized and moderate, yadda, yadda.
Read this article from the June 19 New York Post quoting the Imam behind the project here
Here are a few relevant quotes:
*The imam behind plans to build a controversial Ground Zero mosque yesterday refused to describe Hamas as a terrorist organization.
According to the State Department’s assessment, ‘Hamas terrorists, especially those in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, have conducted many attacks, including large-scale suicide bombings, against Israeli civilian and military targets.’
Asked if he agreed with the State Department’s assessment, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf told WABC radio, "Look, I’m not a politician.
“The issue of terrorism is a very complex question,” he told interviewer Aaron Klein.
“There was an attempt in the '90s to have the UN define what terrorism is and say who was a terrorist. There was no ability to get agreement on that.”
Asked again for his opinion on Hamas, an exasperated Rauf wouldn’t budge.
“I am a peace builder. I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy,” Rauf said, insisting that he wants to see peace in Israel between Jews and Arabs.
Rauf also would not answer a question about Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
“I have nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood. My father was never a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said, disputing a rumor.
Rauf’s position has come under a microscope as he leads an effort to build a $100 million mosque and community center at 45 Park Place, near Ground Zero. *
Complex??? A bunch of Muslim fanatics hijack planes, slit the throats of the flight personnel, and fly the planes full of terrified passengers into the WTC, murdering thousands of innocent Americans. Guess what? I consider that terrorism. Real easy call. Not complex at all.
This same “moderate” Imam who wants peace in Israel between Jews and Arabs is also a key player in the publicity stunt to run Israel’s perfectly justified blackade, designed to stop Hamas from raining down 10,000 rockets on the heads of innocent Israelis. See the article here
It seems Mr. Moderate-Harmless-Liberal is a prominent member of a group that helped sponsor the pro-Palestinian activists who clashed violently with Israeli commandos at sea.
What would an immoderate, unliberal Imam be like, I wonder?