They just finished distancing themselves from Rauf after he was exposed as anything but “moderate.” That’s why they brought in Adhami in the first place. And now they “sought yesterday to distance themselves from Adhami’s comments and backpedal on his role in the $100 million project.”
Who will be next? Will the thuggish and shady Ground Zero Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal and his henchmen finally be able to find a plausible “moderate” they can sell successfully to an ignorant and unwitting non-Muslim public? Or will there be an endless stream of imams with unsavory ties to jihadists and Islamic supremacists and histories full of “extreme” statements?
What do you think?
“Outrageous teachings by new GZ mosque big,” by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in the New York Post, January 30 (thanks to Mackie):
The new imam at the Ground Zero mosque and cultural center believes people who are gay were probably abused as children and that people who leave Islam and preach a new religion should be jailed.
Abdallah Adhami’s remarks on homosexuals, religious freedom and other topics have brought renewed criticism of the proposed community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, which purports to be an inclusive organization.
Adhami, in a lecture on the Web site of his nonprofit, Sakeenah, says being gay is a “painful trial” caused by past trauma.
“An enormously overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life,” he says. “A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination that they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom at some level as well.”
He says gays must fight this “propensity.”…
Adhami also notes that if a Muslim leaves the faith and “preaches their views, they’re jailed.”
“The only thing you do not have the right to do is spread this conviction, lest you, quote unquote, ‘pollute’ others,” he said when asked to give his personal opinion about apostates….
The organizers of the mosque sought yesterday to distance themselves from Adhami’s comments and backpedal on his role in the $100 million project.
The Park51 organization announced earlier this month that he was a “senior adviser” to the effort.
But the Park51 organizers posted on Twitter that Adhami is only an “adviser” and that his views do not reflect those of the project….