The Ground Zero Imam’s Troubling Texts

Ilya Feoktistov is Director of Research at Americans for Peace and Tolerance.


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It’s now clear to most Americans that while Imam Feisal Rauf has the right to build his mosque wherever he desires, his decision to build it near Ground Zero is grossly insensitive, to say the least, and flies in the face of his reputation as a “moderate” bridge builder.  Let’s take a closer look at whether Imam Rauf is truly a moderate Muslim leader whose teachings are in line with American principles.

New York Times’s Maureen Dowd insists that, “you have to be willfully blind not to know that the imam in charge of the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is the moderate Muslim we have allegedly been yearning for.” Others have suggested that Rauf can’t be a radical because he was selected to represent America to the Muslim world by President George W Bush. And many who have met him speak highly of his charm and apparent good will.

And yet, as we are by now well aware, Rauf has claimed that America’s policies “were an accessory” to 9/11, refuses to denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization, and proposes that our secular democracy be replaced with an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law. His supporters counter that the imam believes that the U.S. Constitution is already in line with Islamic law. Nonie Darwish, among others, has exposed the gross absurdity of that position.

A closer look at Imam Rauf’s published work on the topic of Sharia reveals a lot of what we need to know about this imam. His religious views are completely incompatible with the American social and political system.

In his book, What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America, as well as during his numerous lectures at the Chautauqua Institute, Rauf postulated that the U.S. Constitution is the best embodiment of what he believes to be the second most important commandment from God: “Love thy neighbor.” But there’s a major caveat: according to Rauf, the American political system is missing the first and most important commandment: “Love thy God.”

It is on this specific assertion that Rauf departs from secular democratic ideals. Writing in Islam: A Sacred Law, What Every Muslim Should Know About Sharia, he points out the difference between the American government based on man-made law, and an Islamic system, which Allah authored:

God’s role in the explicit philosophical construct of the law makes a big difference between the modus operandi of a righteous Muslim judge in a Muslim court and a righteous Western judge in a Western court. […] The Muslim judge explicitly “reports to God.” The judge who sits in the Western court is only explicitly responsible to the Constitution, the interpretations of a civil law and its rules.

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  • jacob

    Strange that nobody questioned the most useless dept. of the whole US govmt, the State Dept's . appointment of this Muslim cleric as an official envoy and endowed him with $65,000 taxpayers money for traveling expenses in his endeavor of gathering money for his Cordoba Mosque..

    Strange that nobody in Congress held Mrs. CLINTON feet to the fire, to defend this gross stupitity and disregard for taxpayers money…

    Lets hope that coming November the Democraps lose their Congress majority and we can have somobodybthere without political ties that can call matters by their name, regarding of sensitivities, as we have had a bellyfull already of this garbage….and for the
    people that foolisly voted for the ANNOITED ONE to correct their sad mistake

  • amicus01

    No true muslim is moderate by our standards.

    • Madoona

      What standards? You Americans are very ignorant people

      • amicus01

        I'm not an American. I was referring to the West's standards. But Americans are fine people.

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    The spreading of islam by the sword, which by some estimates left 270 million dead and millions more enslaved over the past 14 centuries, is a historical fact that is sanitized from most public school and university textbooks.
    The tolerance of islamist intolerance is not tolerance but cultural suicide.
    Because muslim men don't see enough of women, little boys begin to look awfully pretty.
    Radical muslim groups encourage women to cover their faces and even conceal the shape of their shoulders by using layers of drapes.
    It's a mistake to view the niqab as a "personal freedom,"
    "it is rather a declaration of extremism."

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    It will take another 15 years or so for the planet to wake up completely and as one to realize that islam is not a religion at all but a mass murdering cult started by a very very disturbed evil murderer and pedophile that has spiraled out of control. The source of this evil is mecca and this will have to be vaporized and all the mosques on the planet will have to be razed to the ground. All the korans and all their evil cult literature will have to be burnt and only then will peace come. About 2 billion muslims will have to be killed. There seems to be absolutely no option to this scenario. Muslim means cult member and cults cannot co-exist with the rest of this planet. Think about it ..their population is spiraling and our resources are dwindling and these insane cult members are looking forward to armageddon. We should give it to them. Let their evil day dreams come true.

    • Ilya

      I'm the author of this article and I have to say that I'm more disgusted by the mental diarrhea you poured out here than by anything Rauf's ever said. Of course you might be doing some false flag trolling, but if you do actually believe what you wrote here, you have more in common with the worst Islamic extremists than you do with true Americans

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    When will this start? When the courts start informing the general populace about this cult. Right now we are just unveiling the cult's face .. Slowly slowly. Soon the title of religion will be shorn away from it and islam will permanently be labeled a cult. The masquerade will be over and the real fight will start. As it is today the term muslim in the free world is a spittoon and an insult. Blood will have to flow..is there another way ? The gaya theory guy lovestock says there should be 1 billion people max on this planet. Today there are nearly 7 billion.. If we minus 2 billion muslims = 5 billion. 5 billion peaceful people on the planet will be a tight squeeze but it'll be cool. Let us cull these cult members from this lovely planet for their sakes as their evil book instructs them to be evil and not co-exist with the rest of the planet. Let us send them on their way to their evil evil allah.

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    Call it pest control or what you will but it will have to be done. Dark times are coming and come they will. A few years back thinking like this would have been ridiculous but with every passing day we encounter more and more of these made-mad-by-islam people who refuse to live in the present and refuse to see the madness in their thoughts and actions. Locking them up means feeding them and spending resources that could be used for good otherwise. Science is anathema to them and the dirty years of their pedophiling and mass murdering leader is the only era to live in ..so be it… Let's get rid of them.

    • marat1

      I urge readers here to check out what is happening in Paris right now. It appears that the critical mass necessary for demonstrating its ability to take over parts of Paris has hit the Muslim population there. They are breaking French law by holding mass Islamic prayers in the street as a show of force and controlling the population within the area, with police failing to enforce French law. This has fueled a movement of French counter-demonstrations featuring pork and wine…it will get hotter and hotter there. The link and secret video (the maker was threatened with death–what's new with islam?) is at http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2010/August/Isla

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    . Anyone can start an evil cult but everyone can stop it..if anyone has another option that would make more sense let me know. I'm not an israeli but if anyone should start this mass cull it should be israel because when the evil mad man was alive and spewing at them they didn't knock him off and look what's happened. It's never too late to stamp out filthy evil. Never too late. We all, bar none will help the israelis.. We have to ..for our sakes and for the good of this planet. It is said that blood always flows where muslims go…soon blood will flow where muslims have gone but it will be muslim blood that will flow. Non-muslim good blood will also flow in the fight back by evil but that is expected.

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    We live in interesting times. Get ready boys and girls ..our grand-children will thank us but first we have some sincere work to do even if it repulses us. Such is life. After dark comes light and only after islam is smashed will come peace for our children's children. We have to make this happen. And the only way it’s not going to is if we leave any muslims alive. 2+2=4 so few muslims =few mosques , therefore more muslims= more mosques , so no muslims = no mosques .

    • heidifromoz

      You are so right. I have long thought that the only way to eliminate this scourge is to bring jihad to them, in spades; to nuke all the centres of Islam (starting with Iran), blitz Afghanistan without mercy, and as you say, target each and every mosque worldwide.

      Unfortunately, there are too many in our society who are apathetic, ignorant, blasé or simply don't (won't) believe that we will ultimately be taken over by Islam unless we do something about it. Also, political correctness prevents many from saying what they really think.

      The progression of Islamic influence over the past twenty years is truly terrifying. In the Netherlands the Anti Islam Party has won a seat, sure, but its leader lives in constant fear of being murdered, has to sleep in a safe house every night and be guarded by four men 24/7. This just shows how weak the West has become. Gone were the days when there were revolutions for freedom – people have had it so good for so long that they probably wouldn't know how to fight for it any more.

      Keep up the posts!

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    So in conclusion : no muslims= no evil islam = peace on earth and living in peace and science and joy and laughter with free thinking women and happy children.

    Class over.for today . Don’t forget your homework boys and girls. Read up more on the evil cult of islam.

  • Steve

    Perhaps and hopefully this controversy about the 9/11 mosque has opened the eyes and ears of all American kuffars (and all others in the world) to the reality of Islam and its sharia law. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Having Islam in our midst is like having Anacondas and crocodiles in the barnyard with horses, cows, sheep, and bunny rabbits. Sooner or later, they will grow up and want to eat! Islam needs to be exposed as to what it really is — not a religion, but more of a theocratic, political idealogy similar to Nazism. Wake up America! Wake up World!

  • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

    America, perhaps you time has come! Perhaps you need to do what Europeans had to do when Muslims over ran Europe hundreds of years ago in order to liberate themselves from this evil scourge called Islam.

    Drive them out of your neighborhoods, schools, work places, counties, states and ultimately out of your country. These people did not come to your shores as immigrants, they came as conquerors. They are here to subvert you, sabotage you, and ultimately to destroy you.

    So, summon the courage of your Christian European Forefathers and do this plague in your midst what your Forefathers have done: Drive them out of your lands.

    Destroy their mosques, and convert the Muslims to Christianity like Queen Isabelle and King Ferdinand did during the Inquisitions back in 1492.

    Under them, the Muslims had 3 choices: 1) convert to Christianity, or,
    2) Emigrate from Spain, or, 3) Or die.

    Go ahead and do it America. Follow Queen Isabelle's and King Ferdinand's example, because if you don't, you can start reading the above (3) instructions in reverse: Muslims will impose upon you soon enough
    the following: 1)Convert to Islam 2) Emigrate, or 3) die.

    • coffeenottea

      you mean, start an Inquisition to get rid of all non-christians?

      • Don

        Please read comment again as there is no mention of "rid of all non-christians" then you can make a comment, statement or ask a question relative to the comment.

    • Don

      I agree with your comment Steve. It is a poor choice to have a mosque on ground zero. I agree as I am human and respect the sensitive issues Americans are facing with the destruction of the towers on 911. All Americans should come forth and retaliate against this inhumane decision of mosque development on ground zero.

      However, the reality is approving the building structure and development is the responsibility of the American politicians government etc. Ask how much the Muslim community is or will be giving directly to the hands of the American politicians/government etc. MONEY IS THE DRIVING FORCE as it is the NEED FOR GREED.

      How much money did they or will they receive by the Muslim community for this insensitive decision? This is the same religious sect that invaded American soil and changed the world as we once knew. Honest Americans make a change:

      DEMAND to your government for the true copy of the financials to be made public and where money is disbursed..

  • HenryCrux

    Yeah, but.., he thinks God is Allah, and Allah says Jesus is NOT God. Look carefully at what he says, "God’s role in the explicit philosophical construct of the law makes a big difference between the modus operandi of a righteous Muslim judge in a Muslim court and a righteous Western judge in a Western court. […] The Muslim judge explicitly “reports to God.” The judge who sits in the Western court is only explicitly responsible to the Constitution, the interpretations of a civil law and its rules." Tell me why those responsible for this outrage should not be executed!

  • Beverley

    You shall have no other gods before Me … comes to mind.

  • AJC

    Where is the outcry from the ones who demand the separation of church and state? Mosque or church there is no difference since they are both religious gathering places. Where is the outcry from feminist who's rights are not even acceptable under Sharia law? Where is the cry from the homosexuals who's rights are not acceptable under Sharia law? Why so silent especially since Sharia law so loudly dissaproves of these issues?

  • Martin K.

    According to the islamic fairy-tales, called Hadiths a prayer in the mooske is 50 times more effective then a prayer at some other location. Taken this assertion in account, one can safely assume, that any Muslim living near the proposed GZ Mega-Moooske must have already some place serving as a mooske. Why would Rauf deprive his sheep from ALREADY NOW earing their rewards for their prayers? How come they need a bigger place now? Do they think that they will got more adherents to their stoned allah faith in the neighborhood that such a big mooske would be absolutely necessary? Mooske spelled intentionally wrong. I've got a islamic prayer-hall right under my nose, and against their promises they keep up the volume during their meetings. “You Kaffir should get used to how we practice our religion”, I was told. While Muslims do not allow others to practice their religion near them, others should get “used to it”.

    • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

      Hey Martin K.,

      Collect signed a petition in your neighborhood from your non muslim neighbors. I'm sure they have the same complaint you have. Then present the petition to your counselors (city, county, or state) to have them either pass a by law that respects the peace, quiet and privacy of your neighborhood. Depending on the reaction of your counselors, you can take the issue to your local media. And or you can gather your Christian friends and sing christian hymns in front of their mosque. Make sure you have a megaphone so your christian hymns can drown out their evil croaking. Get activated. Push back. "Do unto these Pigs before these Pigs do unto you!!!!!!'

    • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

      Hey Martin K.,

      Get your christian friends together and sing hymns in front of their mosques. Make sure you have megaphones so your singing drowns out the evil croaking of the
      Is-slimes in your neighborhood.

  • Ghostwriter

    When are Muslims ever going to learn? It's stuff like the Ground Zero mosque and Sharia law that give Americans such a negative view of Islam. If they want respect,they're going to have to earn it and not demand it.

    • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

      Hey Ghostwriter,

      Mus -slimes are not people like you and me. To them you and me are kufars, worthy to be taxed or killed by them. Don't try to reason with Mus-slimes. Because all they want from you is your money or blood. Preferably both. Push them back, before they push you . Just see what they do to christians in their Mus-slime Countries. It's what they want to do to you and me NOW, if they had the numbers.

      So, get your christian neighbors in your neighborhood activated against these parasites that want to suck your money and blood. Make these Mus-slimes afraid of you. MAKE THEM VERY AFRAID OF YOU. In my experience, it's the only thing that works with these parasitic scorpions from the latrines of the Is-slime countries.

  • Robert

    The Imams attitude towards the site location is that it is the American publics fault, and they are not being sensitive to Muslims. Well we all know the Cordoba Truth to this argument, and I would add that his attitude is fermenting a counter attitude in the citizens of America, if this keeps up, there will be stiff objection to all building of mosque.

  • Lorenzo Bouchard

    History repeats itself on a massive scale. Remember the Iliad and the Destruction of Troy, through a religious symbol, the Horse.
    Today's Trojan Horse is Mosques, in all non Islamic country.
    STOP ALL MOSQUE BUILDING, AND HEAVILY TAX ALL EXISTING ONES, TO COUNTER THE COST OF SECURITY IN OUR COUNTRIES.
    DUE TO MOHAMMEDS WORDS.

    • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

      Lorenzo Bouchard , that's a good start Lorenzo. In the meantime make their life in America as hostile as the hostility with which they treat christians in Muslim Lands.

      These blood suckers are as devious as bed bugs, and as deadly as the bubonic plague. Sooner or later, most likely sooner you'll be fighting these vultures physically. And Medievel Europe did not get rid of them until they drove them back with lance, swords, and knives. Drove them back to the cursed desert these Side Winders emerged from. Better do it soon, or you'll be like modern Europe that has these heathens so entangled in their lives they are now dancing to the Decadent Death Rattle these Is-Slimes have brought to their shores.

  • RobbinsMitchell

    Well,what I want to know is….just what in honeydew hell makes this 3rd world barbarian huckster an 'Imam' in the first place?….did he graduate from Imam A&M or Imam Tech or Imam State?….as far as I can tell any jerkwad who can get away with it is free to call himself an 'Imam' and nobody can dare question that….and THAT is the fatal flaw in 'sharia law'…more often than not a civil or criminal judgment is rendered arbitrarily based on nothing but the whim of the 'Imam' with no body of legal precedents or statutory body governing his rulings…..where I come,whether you're secular or not,this is the antithesis of justice and enlightenment

  • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

    Vivi Andersen ,

    I'm glad to see that some Europeans like yourself, are ready take on the Muslims.

    Frankly, you have no other choice if you want to retain your liberties, because this Muslim epidemic is determined to destroy you. So, 'do unto them, before they do it to you'

    Good Luck!!

  • amicus01

    It's an evil creed.

  • PAthena

    Imam Rauf is certain that he knows what God wants. How does he know this? From the self-proclaimed revelations of Mohammed? Then the same question should be asked of Mohammed.
    Is the State Department being bribed by Saudi Arabia for its support of Imam Rauf?

  • Wesley69

    No mosque until Freedom Tower is built. Ten years and we are talking about a mosque? Freedom Tower should have been erected five years or so after 9/11!!!!!! Both public funding for the mosque unless there is funding for St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. No building on the mosque unless St Nicholas is ready to be rebuilt. Mayor Bloomberg, you are worried about the mosque. Where is your anger over the Freedom Tower and St. Nicholas??????????

  • marat1

    It is insane to permit Islam to operate as "just another religion" in the U.S. Islam should be FORBIDDEN as a violent ideology on the grounds that it violates the U.S. Constitution 1) Giving ANY tax breaks to this Totalitarian ideology which seeks to eventually destroy America is pure suicide. What the courts should focus on are the tenets of Islam that run 180 degrees in opposition to the U.S. Constitution. So called "clerics" are SANCTIONED by Islam to call for the death of ANYONE deemed to be "a threat to Islam." Fatwas (the equivalent of Islamo-Mafioso calls for contract murder) are issued, inciting Muslim members from around the world to kill the targeted individual. Thus, we have had Salman Rushdie, a world class author, hiding out for years in fear. FIVE years after his wonderful cartoon of an Eastern man with a bomb lit in his turban, Westergaard, the sweet older Danish cartoonist is STILL targeted for death. Just this past year Danish police arrested an individual trying to break into his home with an axe. 2) Converting to any other religion can mark you for DEATH. Right now, the Courts of Egypt have condemned a man and his entire family to death for the crime of converting to Christianity. He was denied permission to convert. 3) Even leaving Islam can mark you for death, as you are then branded "an apostate." In short, Islam is a fascist ideology that should be seen as such–this is not Buddhism.
    It masquerades as a "religion" to achieve its ends…it is a violent, expansionist socio-political ideology that is ultimately lethal.