Islamic supremacist and Iranian regime apologist Reza Aslan spoke in Salt Lake City last night. First, the mainstream media report, followed by a more complete account from Jihad Watch agent Evan Mark.
“Islam in America will survive current turmoil, author says,” by Ben Fulton for The Salt Lake Tribune, October 25:
United States history is rife with examples of religious bigotry the nation later outgrew after decades of assimilation with Catholics, Mormons and Jews, said visiting scholar Reza Aslan.
Islam will in time surmount the same obstacles, he said. But the politicized rhetoric against all things Islam means the stakes are much higher this time in the fight against divisiveness and for the American dream….
This is a familiar theme among Islamic supremacists these days. It completely ignores, of course, and hopes you don’t notice, the jihad terror attacks committed in the name of Islam in the U.S. (Fort Hood, Little Rock, the Detroit underwear bomber, the North Carolina plot, the Fort Dix plot, the JFK Airport plot, etc. etc. etc.), which have no parallel in the history of Catholics, Mormons or Jews in the United States.
Recounting a recent trip to Europe where he came face-to-face with that continent’s unease surrounding Muslims, Aslan said he returned home comforted by the knowledge that such xenophobia “couldn’t happen here.” Then he saw a TV advertisement sponsored by an organization called GOP Trust attacking the proposed “mosque at ground zero,” which, as Aslan noted, was neither a mosque nor proposed for location at ground zero.
Aslan knows better, but he hopes you don’t. Regarding the claims, often repeated (indeed, Aslan’s talk in Salt Lake City seems to have consisted entirely of recycled talking points from Hamas-linked CAIR), that the mosque at Ground Zero is neither a mosque nor at Ground Zero, in fact it is both. The Burlington Coat Factory building that will be torn down to build the mosque is part of the attack site, as the landing gear from one of the 9/11 planes crashed into its roof and fell five stories to the basement. The building is thus an essential part of Ground Zero itself, which will greatly enhance the mosque’s symbolic value in the Islamic world as another triumphal mosque, a la the Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (the grandest cathedral in Christendom for a millennium, converted to a mosque in 1453, now a museum), and thousands of others throughout the Islamic world.
And as for its not being a mosque, it will contain a mosque, and thus it isn’t in the least unjustified to call the whole thing a mosque, as did Daisy Khan. No one says that the evangelical mega-churches that contain swimming pools and counseling centers, etc., are not churches because they contain things other than a worship space.
“The word ‘They’ has become very common nowadays,” Aslan said….
Yes, notice how often this oily hypocrite uses it regarding opponents of Islamic supremacism.
Mocking Newt Gingrich’s challenge that New York City’s Islamic Center should be allowed only when Saudi Arabia allows the construction of churches, Aslan said it saddened him that America has given up “the war of ideas” in the fight against terrorism.
“I had no idea our constitutional freedoms depended on the actions of one of the most draconian nations on earth,” Aslan said.
This is outstandingly dishonest, even by Aslan’s standards. Gingrich’s point is not that the U.S. should become more like Saudi Arabia, but that Saudi Arabia should become more like the U.S. The point would be to call upon the Saudis to offer the same religious freedom to non-Muslims that the U.S. offers to Muslims. Aslan, of course, being a Sharia supremacist, doesn’t want non-Muslims to have such freedom in Islamic states, so he twists the argument.
And now here is an eyewitness account from Evan Mark:
Reza Aslan delivered a whitewashed sermon last night to unsuspecting liberals and broken Mormons at the public library in downtown Salt Lake City. Well, less sermon and more fits and torrents of whiny passive-aggressive rage, really…
Highlights (paraphrased) include:
“One day we’ll look back with the same derision, and scorn, and ridicule at the Robert Spencers and the Pamela Gellers as we do now at those who discriminated against Jews and Catholics…”
He slammed Pamela for her non-existent attack about Barack Obama being the “bastard child of Malcolm X,” and slammed you for the halal Campbell’s Soup issue, which the room ate up, of course.
This kind of thing shows that Reza Aslan has no interest in the truth whatsoever, and will lie in whatever way he thinks will advance his cause. For if he had bothered to do some fact-checking, he might have found this two-year-old statement from Pamela Geller on the actual post in question: “The ‘Atlas says that Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s love child’ charge has gone viral among leftards and lizards. The only problem with it is that it is false. I am not the author of this post, and I posted it because the writer did a spectacular job documenting Obama’s many connections with the Far Left. The Malcolm X claim is one minor part of this story, and was of interest to me principally as part of the writer’s documentation that Stanley Ann Dunham could not have been where the Obama camp says she was at various times. I do not believe that Barack Obama is Malcolm X’s love child, and never did — but there remain many, many unanswered questions about his early life and upbringing.”
And regarding the halal soup, he misrepresented my position at the Daily Beast a couple of weeks ago, and I responded by pointing out that I had never said that the halal soup was a sign of Sharia coming to America (this was an invention of Leftist pseudo-journalist/propagandist Rachel Slajda), but was troubled only by the Campbell’s connection to Hamas-linked ISNA. Did Aslan tell his Salt Lake City audience about ISNA’s ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood? Somehow I doubt it.
In any case, I am surprised to hear that he mentioned Pamela Geller and me — apparently several times. When I speak to public audiences, I don’t talk about Reza Aslan. We are, apparently, living in his head, and he is growing desperate about the fact that the truth is getting about him and about the Islamic supremacist agenda in general. But as slick as he is (and that is far less than he clearly thinks he is), he won’t be able to stop the truth from coming out.
Evan Mark continues with his paraphrases of Aslan’s remarks, and his comments on them (in italics below):
“The problem with radicalization isn’t that Muslim aren’t going to mosques. In fact, we have a problem with radicalism precisely because there are not enough Muslims going to mosques!”
At this I laughed loudly, vomited a little in my mouth, and had to walk out.
Reza Aslan has got to be the most pretentious, power-hungry little weasel of a human being I think I’ve ever had the displeasure to hear speak.
“Adherents of the world’s great religions — Christians, Muslims, and Jews, are all the same since they all share historical ties to Abraham.”
“Nothing can stop the spread of Islam. There are those who would try, but it simply will not happen. Absolutely nothing can stop the spread of Islam.” (He became wide-eyed and fanatical when he said this.)
“I’m being paid to tell you that what will change the world will be ideas and information, but I’m here to tell you that this isn’t true. Ideas and information will not change the world because ideas and information don’t change people.”
I guess that’s why he feels so free to lie.
You could sit me down with Bill O’Reilly for 30 minutes and we could have a discussion about Islam and do you think it would change him!?! No way! (Cue uproarious laughter. I wonder how much it would change you, Reza?)
O’Reilly is a clueless empty suit, anyway, and the Islamic supremacists already own him, so why should Aslan bother sitting down with him?
“Some people say we’re in a war of ideas, well, I’m here to tell you. There IS no war of ideas. It’s a myth.”
“What will change the world will ultimately be human relationships.”
He is so pretentious! He oozes smugness and arrogance. Listening to him talk is truly painful.
For anyone there who may have been interested in honest analysis, I’m sure it was painful.