Posted by lex, on September 9, 2010
Let us, for the sake of argument, reject Andrew McCArthy’s argument that, while there are indeed moderate Muslims, there is no such thing as moderate Islam. Let us instead listen to the words of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the bridge-building sponsor of the Cordoba House in New York:
The religious leader behind plans to erect an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from New York’s ground zero said Wednesday night that America’s national security depends on how it handles the controversy.
“If we move from that location, the story will be the radicals have taken over the discourse,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on “Larry King Live.”
“The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.”
The imam, who repeatedly said his mission was to promote peace and build a bridge among faiths, said he was also speaking about “radicals” on both sides of the debate on the Islamic center. “Our national security now hinges on how we negotiate this, how we speak about it.”
Shorter Rauf: “Build my
mosque culture center where I want it, or else.”
These are less the words of someone building bridges than someone constructing siege engines.
Update: Bridge building * , Pakistan style. Defended speech, here or there. Of course, the reverse would not be true.
02-12-21 Link gone; no replacement found – Ed.