Feisal to America: Build the Mosque or Face the Consequences
First, it was all about bridge building. The Cordoba House community center and totally not a mosque was all about reaching out to the West to build ties between the Muslim community and larger America.
“We’re totes against terrorists and stuff,” said Imam Rauf. “We’re even going to build a museum to the 9/11 attacks right in the building. Of course it’s not a victory mosque, you big silly!”
I could be paraphrasing, just slightly.
Then, when questions arose about past statements made by Rauf in the wake of those same horrible attacks, it was all about The Racism™ and The Bigotry™.
“OMG! Like, everyone hating on us needs to chillax! What’s with all the religious oppression of our completely not a mosque? Also, the Amish suck.” – Park51 (again, possibly paraphrasing)
Ultimately, neither of those arguments worked as roughly two-thirds of the American population still thinks the idea of a Ground Zero Mosque blows.
Returning from his overseas, diplomatic trip, Rauf had the following to say in a New York Times Op-Ed piece:
President Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg both spoke out in support of our project. As I traveled overseas, I saw firsthand how their words and actions made a tremendous impact on the Muslim street and on Muslim leaders. It was striking: a Christian president and a Jewish mayor of New York supporting the rights of Muslims. Their statements sent a powerful message about what America stands for, and will be remembered as a milestone in improving American-Muslim relations.
Rauf’s piece was full of similar bull puckey. In short, Americans who support the mosque are showing the Muslim world how wonderful and tolerant we are, while those opposed only serve to inflame radicals and, possibly, further terror which of course is very rare in Islam and completely not worth mentioning at all.
Even shorter: Opposing the mosque makes you an anti-Muslim bigot and the world is watching!
And that appeared to have no effect, so peaceful Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf took off the gloves. In a statement made to CNN yesterday, Rauf said he would have done things differently. He would have planned the Ground Zero Mosque for another location altogether. But now, sadly, it is too late.
“But if you don’t do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world,” he later said, predicting that the reaction could be more furious than the eruption of violence following the 2005 publication of Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Poor Rauffy is horribly set upon by both sides. On one hand, he has the intolerant Muslim-hating bigots who want the mosque to be built someplace else. On the other hand, he has those members of the Religion of Peace who will totally kill us all if we don’t put it in just that spot.
Isn’t it interesting how these peace-loving, Muslim supporting leftists constantly make claims of a violent Muslim backlash should we not acquiesce to their every wish?
For a man like Rauf to raise the specter of radical Islamic violence while blaming the US for being “partly responsible” for the 9/11 attacks and trying to build a bridge between our cultures seems highly counter-intuitive. Unless, of course, you stop seeing Rauf as a man of peace and start seeing him as someone pushing a radical Islamic agenda.
Rauf’s real point seems to be that building a bridge between the West and Islam means kowtowing to Islam at every point, under constant threat of death and terror, which in no way, I remind you, are representative of the Muslim world.
Or, paraphrasing once again, “Love us or we’ll kill you! LULZ!!!!”