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It is only fair to note that those chiefly responsible for igniting the pyrotechnical displays and public clashes we are currently witnessing make up the caste of society’s most privileged members. They are the ones who soft-pedal the terrorist phenomenon by arguing that the jihadists are exceptions to the rule and base their extremism on an (errant) interpretation of the Koran. They do not realize that the radical reading of the holy book is not an interpretation but a solid grasp of what is actually there on page after imperious page. Such careless or disingenuous thinking by our fashionable consuls and proctors amounts to a condition of impermeable stupefaction.
It comes as no surprise, then, that the various arguments marshaled by people who see no problem with a mosque adjacent to Ground Zero and denigrate its opponents as unreconstructed bigots are, on the whole, rather flimsy and demeaning, as well as morally revolting and derelict with the truth. Its exponents sit so far back in the bleachers behind left field that they cannot see the play at the plate. They have all given their support to the Cordoba project, but without having done their due diligence and investigated Rauf’s disturbing statements, fund raising activities, salient omissions and various affiliations, in particular his ties to the so-called “9/11 mosque,” the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia sending forth its jihadists to do battle with the infidel.
Nor do they seem to have consulted Rauf’s 2005 book, What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right With America, originally titled A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post 9/11. Dawa refers to the preaching of Islam, of which Rauf does his share in a book which, inter alia, urges America to transcend its reputation as “the schoolyard bully of the twenty-first century,” deplores the loss of the “deeply intimate kinship” between Jews and Muslims caused by the creation of Israel, and lobbies for the prestige and adoption of shari’a law. Instead of outing Rauf’s sermonizing absurdities and attending to his many tortuous duplicities, the mosqueteers are content to hurl taunts and insults at even the most principled objectors to the scandal of an Islamic monument where thousands of people were incinerated by Islamic terrorists. As Susannah Fleetwood writes, these devious collaborators are trying to “‘otherize’ ” all opponents of the Ground Zero mosque as bigoted, anti-American rednecks,” while stamping Rauf’s passport to legitimacy.
The “masjid affair” has as much to say about a decadent America, at least among its opinion makers and upper echelons, as it does about a vigorous and confident Islam. What the melee has clearly disclosed is the betrayal of America by its own elite, the reckless and unconscionable slandering of America’s most concerned and loyal citizens, and the flouting of both common sense and common decency.
This is how the House of Islam gets built.
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