How About We Actually Listen To The People Behind Park 51? (Part Deux)

From HaaretzGround Zero mosque imam: U.S. constitution reflects true Muslim values

The imam spearheading plans for an Islamic center near the New York City site of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Sunday that America’s sweeping constitutional rights are more in line with the true principles of Islam than the restrictions imposed by some Muslim regimes.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told the Al Wasat newspaper in Bahrain that the freedoms enshrined by the U.S. Constitution also reflect true Muslim values.

A portion of the interview – to be published Monday – was seen Sunday by The Associated Press.

This strikes me as exactly the kind of thing that US citizens should want an Imam to be saying.

h/t: Commenter MSS @PoliBlog.

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  1. You know, they are instructed to lie in order to further the conquest, don’t you? Let’s see what comes out from the tapes next week, the tapes that record what he thought was said in confidence.
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  2. Jason says:

    Oh brother…

  3. Jason says:

    Liberty…Prof. Taylor, forgot to include [and] learning from their actions, following their agenda, and putting two and two together.

    Frankly, I’m not at all interested in what they have to say. They are plenty capable of playing the game. I’m far more interested in learning their motives.

  4. sam says:

    “You know, they are instructed to lie in order to further the conquest, don’t you?”

    Why is it that when I read the comments of folks like this, Zels, Jason, Tim, et al., I’m reminded of Hitchcock’s explanation of ‘MacGuffin’?

    Guy’s riding on a train in England and the guy sitting next to him has a box on his lap.

    “What’s in the box?” he asks.
    “It’s a MacGuffin,” says the other guy.
    “What’s a MacGuffin?”
    “It’s used for hunting tigers in Scotland.”
    “But there are no tigers in Scotland”
    “Well, then it ain’t no MacGuffin.”

  5. @sam: You are probably reminded of the wrong lesson because you are a sheeple that swallows the Political Correct Newspeak directives (to wit, “Ground Zero Mosque” –> “Park 51 Development.”

    2 bonus points if you can identify the author of Newspeak.
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”