For Daisy Khan and Feisal Abdul Rauf, dialogue means a discussion among those who hold the same point of view and agree on everything. Those who dare to hold different opinions will be defamed as "bigots" and "Islamophobes."
Don't be like Daisy: join us at CPAC for the world premiere of the film produced by AFDI/SIOA! Be there on February 11 at 3pm in the Maryland Ballroom of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The screening will be followed by a question and action and strategy session on how to stop the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero.
The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks
Sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative
911 family member Rosaleen Tallon
Pamela Geller, Executive Director AFDI and Stop Islamization of America
Robert Spencer, Associate Director, AFDI and SIOA
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan (invited)
Open to Everyone
We are rolling the film out nationwide and will have our New York City premiere on Muhammad's birthday (according to the Shi'ites), February 20, at the St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, New York, 7:30 pm. You must RSVP to GroundZeroMosque@aol.com.
If you wish to set up a screening in your town, city, university, public library, shul or church, contact Pamela Geller at email@example.com. Pamela and I and any number of 911 family members will come and speak.
"'Mosque' co-founder makes pitch for dialogue," by Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks, January 16:
A co-founder of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" stopped in Philadelphia Sunday to discuss the negative effects Islamic extremism has had on the project and the Muslim community at large.
Standing before a packed house inside the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, Daisy Khan said the actions of a violent minority derailed the proposed Park 51 project in Lower Manhattan. A project ironically, she said, that was intended to condemn extremism.
"A project that would honor those that were harmed on September 11, a project that would proclaim our commitment to this country. A project that would celebrate America's core values of religious tolerance," said Khan during an annual event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. that was spearheaded by the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement.
The national frenzy that followed the Twin Tower attacks warped people's perceptions of the Muslim community, she said. Almost overnight, extremism became the face of a multi-million member religion.
Khan said that skewed perception has been difficult to overcome and has ultimately slowed Islam's acceptance into American culture.
But she doesn't think things are hopeless.
Khan said unity and dialogue are key to promoting the positives of Islam and separating the religion from its violent faction. She said it's particularly important that folks from across all faiths join hands in this fight to change minds and souls.
"Our solution lies in the merger of our rich traditions, our cultures, our philosophical commonalities and our combined faiths," said Khan.
The merger of our traditions, cultures, and faiths? Hmmm. What would such a thing look like? Might it resemble the Islamic appropriation of elements of Judaism and Christianity, and recasting of their core figures as Muslim prophets?
Khan said that work won't be easy, but she's confident that if done sincerely, Islam can separate itself from the violent headlines that pervade people's thoughts.
"A day will come when the word Islam is de-linked from the word terrorism. A day will come when somebody whose name is Mohammed doesn't have to change it to Moe. A day will come when a woman in a scarf and a man in a beard will not strike fear in somebody's heart," said Khan.
The day that Islam is de-linked from the word terrorism will come when Muslims stop committing acts of terrorism and ascribing them to Islam. But you'll notice that Daisy Khan is not talking to those Muslims. She, like so many other Islamic supremacists, prefers to pretend that the link between Islam and terrorism is being created by "Islamophobes" -- the better to deflect attention away from the texts and teachings of Islam that jihadis use to justify terrorism.
Khan said while Islamic extremism is perhaps the most pronounced, it's important that the practice be rooted out in all religions.
"We have to call out people within our traditions that are not living up the ideals of our own faiths," said Khan.
She said that work is critical if America wants to maintain its reputation as a "bastion of religious freedom."
Khan, along with her husband Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, will be stepping back from the stalled Park 51 project to work towards enacting that change.
"We decided that it's important for us to get out into grassroots communities and listen to people," Khan told reporters afterwards. "The request [sic] just keep pouring in."
The two will travel around the country through June 2011.
Great. Answer our request, come to CPAC, and listen to us.