Obama Supports Ground Zero Mosque, Confirms 2008 Observation (Updates: Dinner Attendees Reinforce Confirmation, and a Non-Walkback Walkback, and Press Covering Tracks)
That also means he supports these guys:
These guys are:
- Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the person spearheading the Ground Zero Mosque, who told Ed Bradley of CBS’s 60 Minutes a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks that “United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.”
- Dr. Mohammed Javad Larijani, who “was the Iranian representative who defended Iran’s abysmal human rights record before the UN Human Rights Council in February and June of this year. Among other things, Larijani told the Council: ‘Torture is one thing and punishment is another thing. … This is a conceptual dispute. Some forms of these punishments should not be considered torture according to our law.’ By which he meant flogging, amputation, stoning, and the criminalization of homosexuality, which are all part of Iranian legal standards.”
- HE Sada Cumber, who “is U.S. representative to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Sada Cumber. The meeting was part of the Initiative’s so-called ‘Shariah Index Project,’ a plan to rank and measure the ‘Islamicity’ of a state or ‘how well … nations comply in practice with this Islamic legal benchmark of an Islamic State.’”
As to Mr. Cumber’s “Islamicity” ranking, on a 1 to 10 scale, does Iran get a ranking of 9 burqas, or 10? And yes, it was stupid of the Bush State Department to have such a person on board.
The administration hasn’t just ramped up its moral support for the Ground Zero Mosque. It’s also providing financial support (bold is mine):
The State Department is sending Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf – the mastermind of the Ground Zero Mosque – on a trip through the Middle East to foster “greater understanding” about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States. However, important questions are being raised about whether this is simply a taxpayer-funded fundraising jaunt to underwrite his reviled project, which is moving ahead in Lower Manhattan.
Mr. Rauf is scheduled to go to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, the usual stops for Gulf-based fundraising. The State Department defends the five-country tour saying that Mr. Rauf is “a distinguished Muslim cleric,” but surely the government could find another such figure in the United States who is not seeking millions of dollars to fund a construction project that has so strongly divided America.
By funding the trip so soon after New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave the go-ahead to demolish the building on the proposed mosque site, the State Department is creating the appearance that the U.S. government is facilitating the construction of this shameful structure. It gives Mr. Rauf not only access but imprimatur to gather up foreign cash. And because Mr. Rauf has refused to reveal how he plans to finance his costly venture, the American public is left with the impression it will be a wholly foreign enterprise. This contradicts the argument that a mosque is needed in that part of New York City to provide services for a burgeoning Muslim population. If so many people need the mosque so badly, presumably they could figure out a way to pay for it themselves.
On June 26, 2008, during the presidential campaign, I documented how Barack Obama and people around him or associated with him already had a number of “terror-supporting and/or terror-sympathetic relationships you can believe in.”
Now that he’s president, his State Department has further enhanced and added to such relationships.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Here are some terror-supporting and/or terror-sympathetic dinner guests you can believe in, via Frank Gaffney at Big Peace –
At a White House celebration of Ramadan tonight in the company of representatives of several of the Nation’s most prominent Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, President Obama announced his strong support for one of their most immediate objectives: the construction of a mega-mosque and “cultural center” at Ground Zero.
… As the AP reported (“Obama makes clear support for ground zero mosque”), “President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed building a mosque near Ground Zero saying the country’s founding principles demanded no less. ‘As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,’ Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York and the nation. ‘That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.’
… As notable as what the President said is the company he keeps. Consider a few examples from this year’s Iftar dinner guest list:
Ingrid Mattson heads the largest Muslim Brotherhood front in the country, the Islamic Society of North America. ISNA was an unindicted co-conspirator in the biggest terrorism financing trial in the nation’s history and was identified as a Brotherhood “associated or friendly” group in documents introduced as evidence uncontested in that Holy Land Foundation prosecution. Ms. Mattson now presides over the selection, training and certification of Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military and prison system – interestingly, a job formerly in the hands of Muslim Brother Abdurahman Alamoudi, the founder and first head of the American Muslim Council, who is currently serving a 23-year sentence on terrorism charges.
Salam Al-Marayati is president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). In 1999, then-House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt withdrew his nomination of Al-Marayati to a leadership position on the National Commission on Terrorism when it became public that Al-Marayati claimed that the terrorist group, Hezbollah, was a legitimate organization and has the right to attack the Israeli Army.
Dalia Mogahed runs the insidious Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and advises President Obama on Muslim affairs as a member of the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In an October 2009 interview with the London Telegraph, she made the following astounding assertions: “I think the reason so many women support shariah is because they have a very different understanding of shariah than the common perception in Western media.” “The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with shariah compliance.” “The portrayal of shariah has been oversimplified in many cases.”
Hate to have to scold ya, but I told ya.
UPDATE 2, 9:55 p.m.: Claudia Rossett, who is a must-follow for developments in this story — “Seriously, Where Is Imam Feisal … and What’s with His Web Site?”
UPDATE 3, 10:00 p.m.: Obama’s trying some kind of non-walkback walkback –
The White House on Saturday struggled to tamp down the controversy over President Barack Obama’s statements about a mosque near Ground Zero — insisting Obama wasn’t backing off remarks Friday night where he offered support for a project that has infuriated some families whose loved ones died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
… Obama’s comments Friday night — at an Iftar dinner at the White House marking the start of Ramadan — were widely reported as offering support for the specific mosque project in question near Ground Zero.
But on Saturday, Obama seemed to contradict himself, telling reporters at one point, “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about. And I think it’s very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.”
Team Obama is figuring out something I’ve learned in the past week or so by being out in various venues: People who are ordinarily apolitical and who don’t follow the news all that closely have learned of and are very disturbed and angry about the Ground Zero Mosque — even those who instinctively lean somewhat to the left. What’s more, it seems that most of the folks who feel this way aren’t even aware of the most damning aspects of the story (Rauf’s statements and positions, undisclosed funding, etc.).
On this one, they’ve stepped in it bigtime — but again, it’s fundamentally because of Obama’s “terror-supporting and/or terror-sympathetic relationships you can believe in.”
UPDATE 4, 10:55 p.m.: Sometimes you just have to shake your head and marvel at the lengths to which the establishment press will go to try to cover for this guy as it sends its credibility straight into the toilet –
President Barack Obama told CNN Saturday that in defending the right of Muslims to build a community center and mosque near ground zero in a speech on Friday night, he was “not commenting on the wisdom” of the project.
I guess that’s why the report from the AP’s Erica Werner on Saturday morning was headlined: “Obama makes clear support for ground zero mosque,” why her missive told us that “Obama elevated it to a presidential issue Friday without equivocation,” and why a related New York Times headline read “Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site,” and why the Times’s underlying story told us that:
Aides to Mr. Obama say privately that he has always felt strongly about the proposed community center and mosque, but the White House did not want to weigh in until local authorities made a decision on the proposal, planned for two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
This isn’t about whether the President thinks it’s a nice abstract idea. It’s clear that he believes it’s something that should be built because of where it’s being built.
Oh, you won’t find Werner’s report now if you look for it at AP’s main web site. You can find it here at my web host.
UPDATE 5, 12:30 a.m.: Just to be clear where the establishment press started with the story, and how furiously they’re trying to walk it back, here is an earlier opening from AP that appeared at MSNBC, excerpted at AIPnews.com:
Yeah, I know. The AIP’s addition of “alleged” is gratuitous. More importantly, if you go to AIP now, the link to MSNBC takes you to the AP’s latest attempt at walkback assistance:
Obama defends plan to build mosque near ground zero
Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York’s ground zero, but he did not say whether he believes it is a good idea to do so.
The wire service seems to have done an extraordinary job of purging the just noted original. I haven’t found it anywhere. This FreeRepublic post has the first eight paragraphs.
The one I have saved at my web host has the “forcefully endorsed” opening.