In March 2003, federal officials were being criticized for disrespecting the rights of Arab-Americans in their efforts to crack down on domestic security threats in the post-9/11 environment. Hoping to calm the growing tempers, FBI officials in New York hosted a forum on ways to deal with Muslim and Arab-Americans without exacerbating social tensions. The bureau wanted to provide agents with “a clear picture,” said Kevin Donovan, director of the FBI’s New York office.
Brought in to speak that morning — at the office building located just blocks from Ground Zero — was one of the city’s most respected Muslim voices: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. The imam offered what was for him a familiar sermon to those in attendance. “Islamic extremism for the majority of Muslims is an oxymoron,” he said. “It is a fundamental contradiction in terms.”
It was, by contemporaneous news accounts, a successful lecture.
Rauf is the Imam the now-certifiably-insane GOP are accusing of being linked to terrorists because they don’t want a mosque built blocks away from where 19 terrorists belonging to a fringe branch of Islam (Wahabee, which is to Islam like Pentecostal or Baptist is to Christianity) killed almost 3000 people (including several muslims).
Republicans, of which teabaggers are the core base, don’t care how they destroy America. They just want it gone, to be replaced by some crazed authoritarian (but tax free and therefore broke) libertarian utopia where it’s every man for himself and “he who has” has all the rights.
The REAL terrorists are the teabaggers and the GOP.