The imam behind a mosque project near Ground Zero said in an interview aired Sunday that "certain politicians" were exploiting the controversy.So the Ground Zero Imam blames Sarah Palin for Islamophobia? There just one small problem with that. This is the same imam who warns that if he doesn't get his way and if the victory mosque he wants to build on hallowed ground is moved even just a few blocks away, radical Muslims are sure to erupt in violence:
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told ABC's "This Week" that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's assertion that that mosque was an unnecessary provocation was "disingenuous."
"This will put our people--our soldiers, our troops, our embassies, our citizens--under attack in the Muslim world, and we have expanded and given and fueled terrorism."So excuse us for asking, but who is exploiting the controversy again? Sounds like the good imam is responsible for more than his own share of exploitation here. And the way he veils his threat about his radical friends going all medieval if the mosque isn't built exactly where he wants it built is what's disingenuous.
Radical Muslims and their enablers like this imam are the ones responsible for Islamophobia, not Sarah Palin or others who have said go ahead and build your mosque, but don't build it so close to Ground Zero.
Related: Be sure to read Doug Giles' "Imam Rauf to the USA: 'Silence! I Kill You?'" at Townhall.com.