"The Muslim world has felt for a long time besieged by the West, by Western culture, Western faith traditions, Western atheism from the Soviet Union…"The Soviet Union is a Western culture? Who knew? Perhaps we should take with a grain of salt Imam Rauf's conflation of Sharia with the Constitution.
He also tells us:
"Um, we tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than Al-Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims…"Really? Who was in Kosovo - protecting Muslims? And, guess what. Al-Qaeda has more Muslim blood on its hands than anybody except perhaps Saddam Hussein or Ayatollah Khomeni.
Imam Rauf's wife tells us the 13 story mosque - named the Cordoba Center, to be opened on September 11th at ground zero - is all about outreach and healing. She should fire her PR firm.
When challenged by protests from those to whom she is presumably outreaching - over 70 percent of Americans (whom she says are Republicans) - this is her healing gesture:
"This is like a metastasized anti-Semitism, that's what we feel right now," Khan said. "It's not even Islamophobia, it's beyond Islamophobia; it's hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned."Daisy, it's not hate of Muslims. It's about your lack of respect and consummate disingenuity.
...[The project] has to go ahead. There is too much at stake."
Imam Rauf and the ‘One State Solution’ for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
If the official policy of the United States is that Hamas is a terrorist organization and that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “two states living side-by-side in peace,” how can the State Department be using, for diplomatic missions to Arab states, an emissary [Rauf] who doesn’t believe Hamas is a terrorist organization and who favors a one-state solution in which the Jewish state is disappeared?Yes, indeed, outreach and healing.