He says the video above was…wait for it…”taken out of context.” There is no context in which I would express enthusiastic support for Hamas and Hizballah, but Mahdi Bray is no doubt much more versed than I am in matters of “context,” since Muslim spokesmen are forever claiming that non-Muslims are quoting them, or the Qur’an, without due regard for it. So judge for yourself. Is Mahdi Bray’s support for Hamas and Hizballah in the video above benign in context?
Bray is also, don’t forget, a thrice-convicted felon.
“Mosque ally’s vid shows ‘Hez’ true colors,” by Tom Topousis in the New York Post, September 21:
Among the Islamic clerics defending plans for a mosque near Ground Zero yesterday was an outspoken critic of Israel who enthusiastically signaled his support for terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah during a rally a decade ago.
At a news conference outside the site of the proposed mosque, Imam Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Washington-based Muslim American Society, was adamant about Muslims’ right to build a mosque where they choose.
But he refused to discuss a video, from a rally in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, that shows him onstage repeatedly raising his arms when an unidentified speaker asked how many in the crowd supported Hamas and Hezbollah.
Bray claimed the clip was taken out of context. A spokesman for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the prime mover of the Ground Zero mosque, declined comment….
Of course. What could he say? Anything he said would only bring more attention to this, and with Rauf the darling of the government and media, he would prefer it ignored.