National Review yesterday published a piece accusing Sarah Palin of libeling the Islamic supremacist pro-Sharia Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf by saying that he had refused to condemn Hamas. The article retailed all the misleading and superficial analysis that the mainstream media has been selling for months now about how Rauf is a “moderate.”
It is odd and unfortunate that NR chose to run this story. As Pamela Geller notes here:
Only after repeated exposure of his refusal to denounce Hamas has the dishonest imam morphed his narrative yet again — listen to this clip from Aaron Klein:
Klein asked Rauf on his show whether the imam agrees with the State Department’s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization.
“I’m not a politician,” replied Rauf. “I try to avoid the issues. The issue of terrorism is a very complex question. … I’m a bridge builder. I define my work as a bridge builder. I do not want to be placed, nor do I accept to be placed in a position of being put in a position where I am the target of one side or another.”
Audio of the interview can be heard here.
Pamela has more here, and Andrew C. McCarthy has more here, in NR itself. The anxiousness of conservative individuals and publications to embrace and promote any self-proclaimed Muslim “moderate” is touching and understandable, but it can also be naive, wrongheaded, misleading and even dangerous if one allows oneself to be taken in by smooth deceivers, of which there are many.