Who could have seen this coming? After all, Imam Fiesal Abdul Rauf is such a nice guy.
Turns out, this guy’s a little “Rauf” around the edges. Get it? Oh, never mind.
From the Daily Mail:
The Islamic cleric behind the mosque at New York’s Ground Zero has sparked fury by claiming the United States is worse than Al Qaeda.
In an interview Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said that America is more culpable than the terrorist organisation because U.S.-led sanctions led to the death of half a million Iraqi children.
‘We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than Al Qaeda has on its hands of innocent non-Muslims,’ he said.
Rauf’s comments, which emerged on a conservative U.S. blog, came as a poll showed that more and more Americans are taking an interest in the Ground Zero mosque, and that the majority oppose it.
Some 85 per cent of those questioned said they are following news stories about the project, a 34-point jump from a month ago.
Some 62 per cent are now against the project compared to 54 per cent in July.
Rauf’s comments drew condemnation from Debra Burlingame, head of 9/11 Families for a Strong America, who said they left her feeling disgusted.
‘This man is out there preaching politics and advancing anti-American propaganda,’ she said.
I want the world to live in harmony as much as the next guy, but how the hell are we going to do that if people like Rauf continue to be intolerant of America?