From the Washington Post a little piece by Eboo Patelan who brings us together so others can drive us apart.
“There is a foreign element threatening America. He believes the Qur’an promotes violence.”
In other words, he has actually read it, and understands the Islamic concept of Abrogation
“He creates videos of Muslims committing terrorist acts and hopes mainstream media plays them.”
No, he COMPILES videos made by Muslims promoting terror and films of Muslims committing terror then compares that to the texts that the Muslims mentioned above who promoted and committed the terror say is the REASON they committed terror. IS this too hard a concept for Mr. Patel?
“He is committed to the clash of civilizations — Islam vs. the West.”
My take on it is that he just wants the Muslims to stop clashing against our civilization; he could care less what they do in their own lands.
“Britain, our primary ally, denied him entry, claiming he was a threat to public order. “
Nice touch there, a simple statement cum indictment that totally ignores the fact that the "threat to public order" represented by Mr. Wilders in Britain was the result of a threat by the only Muslim member of the House of Lords to rally 10,000 Muslims to physically prevent Mr. Wilders from entering Parliament! But, Wilders is the threat, not the Muslims to Mr. Patel!
“Now he wants to come here. This foreign element does not speak Arabic. He does not pray five times a day. He does not have a beard. He is not even a Muslim. He is Geert Wilders, a Member of Parliament from a right-wing party in the Netherlands.”
I am still waiting for someone to tell me what makes this man so "right Wing". He speaks in defense of freedom of religion, against anti-Semitism, against people who are against LBGT and women’s rights. Sounds like a Moderate Liberal to me!
“Why he’s so interested in amplifying Osama bin Laden’s message that Islam promotes violence and division I don’t know.”
Yes you do Mr. Patel! He wants to bring to light the fact that the best financed and most influential voices in Islam today are the most extremist. i.e. Saudi, Wahabi influenced madrassas and mosques. Bin Laden remember? He wants to STOP the spread of THAT version of Islam and give the moderates of the religion the space to reform it from within; instead of fear for their lives from the moment they reveal they are TRULY moderate.
“And why he’s being invited to screen his offensive film Fitna in the ornate LBJ room in the U.S. Capitol confuses me too. My friend Keith Ellison, an African-American Congressman from Minnesota and a Muslim, compared it to screening the horribly racist film The Birth of the Nation in the White House.”
Hmm, the film I KNOW OF as The Birth of The Nation is not a compilation of actual films, statements and acts made by those whom the film attacks! The last time I looked it was not a collection of accurate news accounts of the activities of blacks and their own justifications for violence and crime! This kind of extreme hyperbole is not accurate nor useful in this situation. Shame on you Mr. Patel!
“A lot of people are mad about this. But I don’t think this is the time to get mad. I think this is the time to think strategy, and to remember core American values.”
… Read the rest if you have a strong stomach or enjoy un-spinning the distortions of someone who surely is evil or evilly ignorant.
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