The Ground Zero mosque website just removed a photo of Mohammad Javad Larijani: secretary-general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, brother of Ali Larijani, top negotiator for Iran's nuke program.
Earlier today Insty linked to a piece by a lady named Shikha Dalmia on the project; I'd recommend it as a fine piece of excuse-making crap for the project and the people running it. Including this:
None of this is preventing some opponents from bizarrely suggesting that the center represents a surreptitious attempt to glorify Islamic victory on American soil. But a victory statement communicated through esoteric means negates itself because such means signal weakness, not strength. What's more, it is one odd victory statement when its alleged authors are not claiming any moral high ground for their putative side. To the contrary, the couple, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan, who are spearheading the center, have "refudiated" the 9/11 attacks in particular and Islamic terrorism in general.
A: When you see people in favor of the project saying things like
Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York and former general secretary of the National Council of Churches, admitted that a mosque at Ground Zero could anger infidels. But it was worth it, she said: “Building so close is owning the tragedy.”
it doesn't come across as 'negating the signal of victory'; it comes across as "We will win, and building here is a sign of it."
B: When the imam in charge 1: won't say if Hamas is a terrorist organization, 2: basically says the US caused the 9/11 attacks by our evil actions around the world and so forth that doesn't exactly count as repudiating islamic terrorism.
C: Madam, speaking down to us as a bunch of unsophisticated, uneducated hillbillies who just don't understand anything isn't going to change anyone's mind.
D:It is possible that the center is really an elaborate ruse for some sinister anti-American agenda--just as it is possible that America's next president could be a Manchurian candidate installed by the Chinese. But to suspect such an agenda in the face of massive evidence to the contrary testifies to just how deep-seated the suspicion against Muslims is in this country.
Well, considering the number of terrorist attacks committed against the US by muslims, including the 9/11 attacks, including the murders of troops at Fort Hood, including a whole bunch of terror attacks around the world by muslims(that so many 'moderate' muslims make excuses for), you might consider the slight possibility that we've got some damned good reasons to have suspicions toward a lot of muslims. So take your attitude and shove it, lady.