Rauf says the reason he can’t move the Islamic center now is because of national security concerns, saying parts of the Muslim world would be violently inflamed at the news of the center’s relocation. “The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack… (there’s) the danger of the radicals in the Muslim world to our national security, to the national security of our troops,” he said. “If we do move,” Rauf continued, “it will strengthen the argument of the radicals to recruit, their ability to recruit, and their increasing aggression and violence against our country.”
So if Christian offends Islam, people will die. If a moderate* imam compromises, people will die.
Sorry, that is just a pathetic excuse. I simply don’t believe he is incapable of selling a moderate compromise to his fellow Muslims, I believe he doesn’t want to try.
But think about that for a minute. Why would Islamic radicals be upset by a simple location shift? Answer: because Islamic radicals want the current location. If this guy is a moderate, why is he claiming radical backing for his plans, instead of standing up to them?
*for the sake of argument.
A moderate would have noted the angst he was causing and quietly changed his plans months ago.
Clearly he’s not a fire-breather but his lack of conviction in his supposedly moderate views is disturbing.
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