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July 22, 2010

Obama Adviser: U.S. 'ideal place for renewal of Islam'

Obama adviser: U.S. 'ideal place for renewal of Islam'

Religion aide closely linked to imam seeking to build Ground Zero mosque


A religion adviser to President Obama has close ties to the imam who wants to build a 13-story Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero. The two have been documented together discussing America as "the ideal place for a renewal of Islam," WND has learned.

In February, Obama named a Chicago Muslim, Eboo Patel, to his Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Patel is the founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, which says it promotes pluralism by teaming people of different faiths on service projects.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial Muslim leader behind the plan to build the Islamic center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, wrote the afterword to Patel's 2006 book, "Building the Interfaith Youth Movement: Beyond Dialogue to Action."

Patel is listed as one of 15 "Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow" on the website for the American Society for the Advancement of Muslims, or ASAM, which is led by Rauf.

In Patel's 2007 book, "Saving Each Other, Saving Ourselves," he recounts discussing with Rauf the future of Islam in the U.S.

Rauf "understood the vision immediately and suggested that I visit him and his wife, Daisy Khan, at their home the following evening," Patel recalled.

Khan founded the ASAM with her husband and has aided him in his plans for the mosque near Ground Zero.

"The living room of their apartment on the Upper West Side was set up like a mosque, with prayer rugs stretched from wall to wall," wrote Patel in his book.
Continued Patel: "I arrived at dusk, prayed the maghrib prayer with Daisy and Imam Feisal and then talked with them about how America, with its unique combination of religious devotion and religious diversity, was the ideal place for a renewal of Islam."
"In the twentieth century, Catholicism and Judaism underwent profound transformations in America," Rauf observed. "I think, this century, in America, Islam will do the same."

Patel boasts of a "critical mass" of Muslims in the U.S.

"Islam is a religion that has always been revitalized by its migration," he wrote. "America is a nation that has been constantly rejuvenated by immigrants. There is now a critical mass of Muslims in America."

Patel last March wrote a Huffington Post piece referring to Obama's former "green jobs" czar Van Jones as a "faith hero."

"In my last post on Van, I called him an American patriot," wrote Patel. "That is high praise in my book. But watching Van's speech at the NAACP, I have another title for him, one that I reserve for the true giants of history. Van Jones is a faith hero."

Jones resigned in September after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Jones also called for "resistance" against the U.S.

Jones previously stated his advocacy for green jobs was part of a broader movement to destroy the U.S. capitalist system.

WND reported that one day after the 9/11 attacks, Jones led a vigil that expressed solidarity with Arab and Muslim Americans as well as what he called the victims of "U.S. imperialism" around the world.

Rauf, meanwhile, has caused a stir with his proposed $100 million, 13-story Islamic cultural center and mosque near the corner of Park Place and West Broadway.

Rauf sparked controversy earlier this month when he refused during a live radio interview to condemn violent jihad groups as terrorists. Rauf repeatedly refused on the air to affirm the U.S. designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization or call the Muslim Brotherhood extremists.

The Brotherhood openly seeks to spread Islam around the world, while Hamas is committed to Israel's destruction and is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilian population centers.

During the interview, Rauf was also asked who he believes was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.

"There's no doubt," stated Rauf. "The general perception all over the world was it was created by people who were sympathetic to Osama bin Laden. Whether they were part of the killer group or not, these are details that need to be left to the law-enforcement experts."
Rauf has been on record several times blaming U.S. policies for the Sept. 11 attacks. He has been quoted refusing to admit Muslims carried out the attacks.

Referring to the Sept. 11 attacks, Rauf told CNN, "U.S. policies were an accessory to the crime that happened. We (the U.S.) have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. Osama bin Laden was made in the USA."

Madeline Brooks, a reporter who attended a sermon this year by Rauf, quoted the Islamic leader as stating "some people say it was Muslims who attacked on 9/11."

Rauf's 2004 book had two different titles, one in English and the second in Arabic. In the U.S., his book was called "What's right with America is what's right with Islam."

The same book, published in Arabic, bore the name "The Call From the WTC Rubble: Islamic Da'wah From the Heart of America Post-9/11."


Wild Thing's comment......

This makes me sooooo angry, this is getting harder and harder to deal with.

How DARE he say that about 9-11. I swear how much are we supposed to sit back and allow these worthless POS to say and do to our country!!!!!

Damn you to hell anyone that voted for Obama and brought his destruction to the best country in the world.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at July 22, 2010 05:50 AM


Chrissie: it IS getting harder and harder to deal with. On occasion I have to look away from all these attacks on our beloved country and the scorched earth policies bleeding out of DC. I get so depressed!! ;

Posted by: jan at July 22, 2010 08:20 AM

No political system can establish universal rationality by law (or by force). But capitalism is the only system that functions in a way which rewards rationality and penalizes all forms of irrationality, including racism.

A fully free, capitalist system has not yet existed anywhere. But what is enormously significant is the correlation of racism and political controls in the semi-free economies of the 19th century. Racial and/or religious persecutions of minorities stood in inverse ratio to the degree of a country's freedom. Racism was strongest in the more controlled economies, such as Russia and Germany and weakest in England, the then freest country of Europe.

He mentions Van Jones in more flattering terms that that bastard deserves. Jones and other czars have already declared Capitalism dead and buried. Capitalism is the only economy that let free men be free. Where you can either be the best you can be or not. This is Liberty, its your choice.

Islam on the other hand is the height of the collective. Where Man is a slave and in this state a slave to the religious group. He will sacrifice himself or herself as has happened in the past. They have no feedom and no Liberty.

This why they attack Capitalism is so vehement it gives Man freedom to do what he wants. His purusit of happiness, one of our inalienable Rights. This is the point of the Ground Zero mosk a slap in the face of the Americans. To put us in our place.

Islam and obama and his cult of evil bastards aka czars, are out to establish a system where man has no rights at all. This moslem puke it just a cog in the wheel to accomplish this. Whether Sharia is established or not is another thing. But surely they are pushing us toward a violant revolution.

Posted by: Mark at July 22, 2010 08:43 AM

-Good observation and insightful correlation, Mark.

Posted by: Carlos at July 22, 2010 09:57 AM

With one election America is going backwards. It is as though we were committing cultural suicide. Actually it is murder, committed by obama and party. If this cultural genocide continues the children of today will not experience as adults the greatness and freedom of America.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at July 22, 2010 10:10 AM

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.

It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

— Ronald Reagan

Posted by: Carlos at July 22, 2010 10:16 AM

HUGE thank you, you all mean so much to me.

Posted by: Wild Thing at July 23, 2010 04:35 AM

We have been going backward on and off for a long time. The peak was 1928 with a second small peak in 1963 and a third in 1986 each lower than the last.
This coundry was founded to raise a Navy to defend the people and the thirteen colinies aganst Muslim and other pirates. A President who will not fight Muslims is saying that he is America's enemy. Ihave my doubts that anyone in the Whitehouse knows enouugh history to know that.

Posted by: Avitar at July 23, 2010 01:59 PM