Check out the Ottowa Citizen [and thanks to John McCormack. who provides more along these lines at the Standard's Blog]. Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah of the Canadian Muslim Congress write:
We Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as “Fitna,” meaning “mischief-making” that is clearly forbidden in the Koran….
So what gives Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the “Cordoba Initiative” and his cohorts the misplaced idea that they will increase tolerance for Muslims by brazenly displaying their own intolerance in this case? Do they not understand that building a mosque at Ground Zero is equivalent to permitting a Serbian Orthodox church near the killing fields of Srebrenica where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered?
There are many questions that we would like to ask. Questions about where the funding is coming from? If this mosque is being funded by Saudi sources, then it is an even bigger slap in the face of Americans, as nine of the jihadis in the Twin Tower calamity were Saudis.
If Rauf is serious about building bridges, then he could have dedicated space in this so-called community centre to a church and synagogue, but he did not. We passed on this message to him through a mutual Saudi friend, but received no answer. He could have proposed a memorial to the 9/11 dead with a denouncement of the doctrine of armed jihad, but he chose not to….
Let’s not forget that a mosque is an exclusive place of worship for Muslims and not an inviting community centre. Most Americans are wary of mosques due to the hard core rhetoric that is used in pulpits. And rightly so. As Muslims we are dismayed that our co-religionists have such little consideration for their fellow citizens and wish to rub salt in their wounds and pretend they are applying a balm to sooth the pain….
If this mosque does get built, it will forever be a lightning rod for those who have little room for Muslims or Islam in the U.S. We simply cannot understand why on Earth the traditional leadership of America’s Muslims would not realize their folly and back out in an act of goodwill.
As for those teary-eyed, bleeding-heart liberals such as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and much of the media, who are blind to the Islamist agenda in North America, we understand their goodwill. Unfortunately for us, their stand is based on ignorance and guilt, and they will never in their lives have to face the tyranny of Islamism that targets, kills and maims Muslims worldwide, and is using liberalism itself to destroy liberal secular democratic societies from within.
UPDATE: Andrew Bostom argues, with back-up, that there is less to Tarek Fatah’s moderation than meets the eye. Earlier this year, he engaged in a hyperbolic attack on Wafa Sultan, a courageous former Muslim, for having the temerity to point out in an open forum that the prophet Mohammed, at age 54, consummated his marriage to Aisha when she was nine (having married her when she was six). This is not an idle matter: it is the basis on which, for example, Ayatollah Khomeini lowered the minimum marriage age for girls to nine (from 18) soon after ousting the Shah.
Joanne Hill, an eyewitness reporter (who has a tape), recounted that Ms. Sultan had discussed her decision to leave Islam in a fashion that was dignified and honest. Yet, Mr. Fatah accused her of “hate speech” and “Islamophobia” without, of course, contending that she had said anything that was not true — although, as Ms. Hill reported, he did allege that she made statements that she did not make (e.g., that she had “cleansed” herself of Islam) and take some things she did say out of context (e.g., when she said “there is no moderate Islam,” she was quoting Turkey’s prime minister Erdogan — a Muslim who, quite emphatically, rejects the term “moderate Islam”).
Speaking truthfully about Islamic doctrine is not Islamophobia, however uncomfortable it may make Muslims — including Muslim reformers who, it should go without saying, are “reformers” precisely because there is reform to be done. I’m glad Messrs. Fatah and Raza have spoken out, bravely in my view, against the Ground Zero mosque. How moderate they are, however, is for others better informed about their public records than I am to say.