Sunday, August 22, 2010

Daisy Khan Building Bridges: 'It's Not Even Islamophobia, It's Beyond Islamophobia. It's Hate of Muslims'

The wife of the Ground Zero mosque imam sure has a curious method of "reaching out" to Americans who oppose her. Helpfully aided by America-hating ABC hack Christiane Amanpour, the bile really flowed this morning.
AMANPOUR: You talked about the state of Islam in the United States. And then we have this "Time" magazine cover that's being talked about a lot right now. Basically, is America Islamophobic?

Is America Islamophobic? Are you concerned about the long-term relationship between American Muslims and the rest of society here?

KHAN: Yes, I think we are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized anti-Semitism. That's what we feel right now. It's not even Islamophobia, it's beyond Islamophobia. It's hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned. You know, I have had, yesterday had a council with all religious -- Muslim religious leaders from around the country, and everybody is deeply concerned about what's going on around the nation.
Way to build bridges, Daisy. Call opponents names and accuse them of being haters. That ought to really help the cause.

Virtually every opponent of this abomination goes out of their way to say Islam isn't an issue, rather they oppose this mosque out of sensitivity to 9/11 families. Yet here we have this woman becoming increasingly belligerent and hostile by calling their opposition hateful toward Muslims. But since she's got the media on her side she feels empowered. Get a load of this duplicitous "reporting" from CNN.
The issue has become an emotional topic in the United States, with conservative Republicans and some families of victims leading an effort to prevent the Islamic center and mosque from being built.
Upwards of 70% of American oppose the mosque. That's a lot more than "conservative Republicans and some families" in opposition.

Update: The New York Post's Phil Mushnick offers some interesting perspective on this debate.
Few opposed to the mosque near Ground Zero have argued that Muslims don’t have the right, but have asked whether it’s the right thing to do. It strikes them in the gut, the heart and the head as just plain wrong.

Yet, when you cite rights as opposed to what’s right, those who consider it the wrong thing to do — a highly reasonable and understandable position — can then be disregarded as bigots and xenophobes.

The question the Mayor, President and media should more strongly consider is why, if the point men in the establishment of this large mosque are as sensitive as they claim, would they want to establish it near Ground Zero? Why would they even choose to be perceived as rubbing Islam into the wounds of those most afflicted by Islamic extremism?

Imagine if the Bloomberg or Obama had a family member murdered by a lunatic. And then, 10 years later, relatives of the murderers chose to buy the house across the street.

Wouldn’t Bloomberg and Obama find that unsettling? Wouldn’t they wonder why, of all places, these folks chose to live across the street?

The issue isn’t about legal rights. It’s about common sense and common decency; it about passing minimal smell and taste tests. We all have the right to be wrong, but that doesn’t make it right.

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