Thursday, September 09, 2010

The Imam Speaks

The Corboba Center Iman had an op-ed in the NY Times yesterday.  As I said, he is exactly the kind of religious leader we need in the world right now:

Lost amid the commotion is the good that has come out of the recent discussion. I want to draw attention, specifically, to the open, law-based and tolerant actions that have taken place, and that are particularly striking for Muslims.

President Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg both spoke out in support of our project. As I traveled overseas, I saw firsthand how their words and actions made a tremendous impact on the Muslim street and on Muslim leaders. It was striking: a Christian president and a Jewish mayor of New York supporting the rights of Muslims. Their statements sent a powerful message about what America stands for, and will be remembered as a milestone in improving American-Muslim relations.

The wonderful outpouring of support for our right to build this community center from across the social, religious and political spectrum seriously undermines the ability of anti-American radicals to recruit young, impressionable Muslims by falsely claiming that America persecutes Muslims for their faith. These efforts by radicals at distortion endanger our national security and the personal security of Americans worldwide. This is why Americans must not back away from completion of this project. If we do, we cede the discourse and, essentially, our future to radicals on both sides. The paradigm of a clash between the West and the Muslim world will continue, as it has in recent decades at terrible cost. It is a paradigm we must shift.

1 comment:

Fingtree said...

"If we do, we cede the discourse and, essentially, our future to radicals on both sides".

Yes, the radicals on both sides, a very good point. People overthink and convolute the conversations and dogma's regarding religions and their doctrines. It is just basic common sense, your basic black and white. Like Obama; half black, half white. Unfortunately, the radicals in this country, from the angle of Christianity, blend Politics with their argument. I'm not sure if it's a clever means to cover up and justify their odius hypocritical motives or a way to maintain control of the gullible and the weak minded.