Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Word of the Day: Imam

An Imam is kinda like the grand poobah of a mosque.  And a mosque (shit, I'm full of Daniel Webster brilliance this morning) is a place of worship for followers of Islam.  I'm guessing you all know about the fuckin mosque/Islamic community center being built in lower Manhattan, the story that usually follows the daily Brett Favre update on major news networks.  Do we want to battle over whether or not this is a slap in the face of Americans or an honest effort to build a bridge between Muslims and the western world?   I would rather not argue that point, because the moment someone speaks out against that idea, they are branded hateful and intolerant, or even worse... REPUBLICAN.  So let's talk instead about the big Muslim cheese who is building this mosque.  His name is Feisal Abdul Rauf and this morning he is waking up in the Middle East, having breakfast on a TAXPAYER funded trip as a representative of the United States.   Feisal is the Iman of the proposed mosque.  And he wants us to believe he chose the site in NYC without malice.

This fucker spoke in Australia in 2005 telling others that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than Al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims and that the US may be worse than the terrorist organization.  He blamed the deaths of half a million Iraqi children on US led sanctions when in fact it was Saddam Hussein denying humanitarian aid to his own people.  And in 2001, 19 days after 3000 people were murdered in this country, Rauf spoke on 60 minutes claiming that terrorism has no place in Islam.  But when asked if the United States deserved the attacks, his quote (AND I MEAN QUOTE!!) was this:  "I wouldn't say the United States deserved what happened.  But the United States' policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."  He went on to blabber, "because we have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world.  In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama Bin Laden was made in the USA."   Does Iman Feisal sound like he is okay with the US?   Does this sound like a fucking bridge builder?   Even worse, does this sound like a guy who should be representing the US in the Middle East????    Oh, the purpose of this trip that you and I are paying for and that the State Department is sponsoring....  to "foster greater understanding of Islamic and Muslim communities in the United States."  That is the official statement from the State Department.   WHAT???   We need to help people in the middle east understand Islamic and Muslim communities in this country???   To put it in terms I can better understand, that would be like sending a Kennedy over to Ireland to help the Irish have a better understanding of Irish bars in South Boston.  No, here is what this is really about... Feisal is over there raising money to build his mosque.  And we are paying for it.  Yeah, the State Department said he is not allowed to do any fundraising during this jaunt.  And Kennedy wouldn't be allowed to swill any Guinness during his trip to Ireland, right? 

So is there any doubt now where the administration stands on the building of the mosque???  Not in my mind.  But the issue will remain clouded until November.

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