New audio has surfaced of the Ground Zero mega-mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, showing that he is not at all as “moderate” as the media is so desperate to portray him.
Speaking on July 12, 2005 at the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in Australia, Rauf delivered a few choice soundbites that belie his moderate image and raise questions about what the mega-mosque will really be standing for once it is up and running in Lower Manhattan.
Here’s Rauf saying the U.S. is worse than al Qaeda:
“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. You may remember that the U.S.-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations. And when Madeleine Albright, who has become a friend of mine over the last couple of years, when she was secretary of State and was asked whether this was worth it, said it was worth it.”
No mention of the millions of victims of over a millennium of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilation and enslavement. No mention of the recent slaughter by Muslims of Christians, Hindus, Jews, non-believers in Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Somalia, Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Russia and China.
Rauf’s words manifest no candor, no criticism of Islam or Muslim—in other words, none of the mutual respect and willingness to take responsibility that we might expect from such a celebrated “moderate.”
And on the question of expunging Islamic texts of the mandates for violence and conquest that modern-day jihadists point to, Rauf says “Islam does not need a reformation.”
In the course of his remarks Rauf showed his true colors when he used an ugly racial epithet, referring to “n—-rs or whities.” The Rev. Al Sharpton was unavailable for comment; he was too busy endorsing the Islamic supremacist mosque at Ground Zero. Rest assured, the tolerant Imam Rauf will not suffer as Dr. Laura did for using this word (yet she was making a point about the usage of the word; Rauf was actually using it.)
Rauf also shows a reluctance to admit that Muslims were involved in Islamic terrorism. At one point he says: “And when we observe terrorism, whether it was done by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or by al Qaeda or whoever is behind the bombings in London or those in Madrid.”
Note that when he says about the London and Madrid bombings, he was speaking five days after the London attacks and over a year after those in Madrid. It was common knowledge who the perps were at that time. But maybe Rauf didn’t want his listeners to be thinking about exactly who they were.
While Imam Feisal speaks of tolerance, he praises the worst extremists and inciters to genocide.
In his address in Australia he said he had just come from a conference in Jordan featuring “over 170 leading Muslim scholars from almost every part of the Muslim world, including some of the most important names like Sheikh Tantawi of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, who is the chief mufti of Egypt, the chief mufti of Jordan, the Sheikh Al-Qaradawi, who is a very very well-known Islamic jurist, highly regarded all over the Muslim world.”
The late Sheikh Tantawi several years ago endorsed suicide attacks against Israelis, as did Sheikh Qaradawi. Sheikh Gomaa has defended Islam’s death penalty for apostasy and sanction for wife-beating, and has endorsed the jihad terror group Hezbollah.
Rauf also says he wants a “one-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians. Given his advocacy for Islamic law, that means an Islamic supremacist sharia state in which Jews are denied equal rights—when they aren’t killed outright.
Why isn’t the mainstream media reporting on these statements by Rauf? With red flags everywhere in Rauf’s record and the nationwide grief caused by this grotesque act of Islamic supremacism, why isn’t the media doing its job of investigative journalism? Because it is rabid in its frenzy to destroy good, decent Americans who oppose a 15-story mega-mosque on Ground Zero.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s rhetoric is ugly, racist, anti-American, and anti-Semitic, all wrapped up in “inter-faith” propaganda. But don’t expect to hear about it on CNN.