[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]
Geez, don’t you know that only people who hate Muslims oppose building a Mosque at Ground Zero? Take this guy for instance:
Some critics of the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, including commentators on Fox News, have linked the project to terrorism by seizing on a Saudi prince’s past financial backing of the imam at the center of the controversy….
“I have been associated with this mosque in New York, but frankly speaking, I have nothing to do with it,” he said in an interview. “I’m not for putting that mosque there.”
Prince Walid offered a two-pronged explanation for why he was opposed to the project: he said out of respect for Islam, it does not belong at the proposed location because of its proximity to a strip club; and out of deference to the families of 9/11 victims who might feel antagonized, the Islamic center should not be near ground zero. “I respect all religions,” he said.
Of course it might be useful to have a little background on this. Walid (sometimes spelled Waleed) is famously used by liberals as a hammer on Fox News, a bit of idiocy I tore down, here. Also you can see where I argue that this “moderate” imam might not be as moderate as claimed here and here. For instance, I quote this comment:
We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims.
And then I take it apart as follows (with one slight edit for language):
Now let’s unpack that. Notice the comparison, how he stacks up the scales. First he says precisely that the United States has “Muslim blood” on its hands. Not the blood of innocent Muslims, mind you, just plain Muslim blood. So for instance presumably if a United States missile paints bin Laden’s guts all over the back of a cave in Bumfrakistan, that counts. Silly me I think there are some Muslims we should be downright happy to kill, but in his mind we should be killing no Muslims, I suppose.
And then against that, he says we should count the number of innocent non-Muslims against al Qaeda. Isn’t that funny? I thought this guy specifically wanted to build that mosque in order to honor the innocent Muslims killed on 9-11, and suddenly he doesn’t think that the Muslims murdered by al Qaeda count?…
And really, leaving them out does eliminate a lot of death, because the statistical ugly reality has been for a while that al Qaeda is actually more likely to kill innocent Muslims than anyone else. I mean there is that.
And finally, while the vast majority of those opposed to the GZM say that they can’t legally be stopped, I make the case that in fact it can be stopped by the federal government citing the Historic Sites Act. So Obama and the Democrats can’t pretend there is nothing they can do.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]