Now This Is Interesting: Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf In 2006 (With Glenn Beck No Less)
You may recall that in November 2006, Pope Benedict XVI made a visit to Turkey under no small degree of tension thanks to comments he had made about Islam in the past.
Well, the guys at Media Matters have uncovered this video of a Good Morning America segment from back then that involved Imam Faisal Rauf, and Glenn Beck. While the two don’t necessarily agree during the interview, it’s interesting to see that Beck seems to accept the fact that Rauf is not one of the radical Muslims he’s so concerned about:
Leaving aside the criticism of Beck, though, the interview seems to make clear, yet again, that Rauf is not the “controversial Imam” that the likes of Sean Hannity have claimed him to be. He clearly condemns the threats against the Pontiff, and things like the Mohammad cartoon protests, as not within the bounds of Islam and, well, he’s just not the radical that the mosque opponents want to make him out to be.