“Preventing Chaos”: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and International Burn-a-Koran-Day
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is consistent. His tune now about the Ground Zero mosque is the same as it was in this article by him which I linked to here. Rauf’s whole shtick is to play good cop to violent Islamists’ bad cop.
Rauf advances Islam, in this case the building of the Ground Zero mosque (an accurate name I am using consciously), by threatening the alternative: violence by Islamists. What he calls “preventing chaos”, the title of his article about the Dutch preemptive response to the release of a Geert Wilders documentary, to me sounds a lot like a protection racket.
Back then, he praised the Dutch for collectively shitting in their pants about all Islamic hell breaking loose. Yesterday on CNN, he warns Americans to do the same:
“If this is not handled correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis, which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world,” Rauf said later. “…. If we don’t handle this crisis correctly it could become something which could really become very, very, very dangerous indeed.”
Of course, a major media outlet like CNN calls this a “novel argument”, even though some schmuck in New York City is able to make a connection with what he’s said before. (No need to thank me.)
We now have an amusing parallel event competing for headlines with the Ground Zero mosque affair. “International Burn-a-Koran” Day, it’s been named. (”International Burn-a-Mosque Day” would have been a bit over-the-top, even for a psycho Southern Christian.) Reflecting on this idiotic pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran, I was initially against it. He’s against Islam for the same reason the pope is in favor of the building of the Ground Zero mosque. It’s because they both believe in mindless fairy tales about ghosts and goblins, and each has his own cute way of protecting that fantasy from outside influence; i.e., reality. One religious nut sees Islam as assault on Christianity; the other sees the protest against an Islamic monument as an assault on all religion. Fundamentally, they’re both right. Still, I think moderate Christians (a.k.a. the ones who don’t actually practice it) can reasonably be against the building of the Ground Zero mosque while simultaneously adhering to their principle that life is a joke and the real fun starts once decomposition sets in.
So, the reason I was initially against International Burn-a-Koran-Day was that it made no rational point. It was a religionist’s attack on another religion. But seeing all of our typically spineless, Islam-fearing politicians come out against this pastor without a single fucking mention of his right to do it, I am hereby reversing my stance. If the cavemen in the Middle East (and I say that with all due respect to cavemen, who are several notches above the technologically parasitic Islamist lowlifes) can burn our flag in psychic symbiosis with the left-wing America-haters here in the U.S., then goddamn it, they should smell some smoke from a pile of Korans. I wonder if it’ll remind them of what I smelled back in 2001.
In the same 2008 article, Feisal Abdul Rauf wrote:
“The Dutch Foreign Minister stood by the right to free speech while putting reasonable parameters on the proviso, saying, ‘freedom of expression doesn’t mean the right to offend’.”
Yes, it absolutely does.