October 22, 2010
If Bill O'Reilly Had A HammerBy Andrew G. Bostom
Perhaps Bill O'Reilly was clumsily attempting to mollify the over wrought "walk-out" reaction staged by The View's Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar, or the less melodramatic, but equally harsh cultural-relativist scolding he received from host Barbara Walters, in response to his self-evident comments about Muslims having perpetrated the cataclysmic acts of jihad terrorism on 9/11/01.
Regardless, Mr. O'Reilly opined to guest Deepak Chopra this past Tuesday evening (10/19/10) on The O'Reilly Factor,
Notwithstanding O'Reilly's homespun hubris, his undeniably broad appeal makes this uninformed, naive proposition particularly dangerous. Indeed founding members of the 9/11 families who created The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero share my concerns. Why then are we alarmed?
By offering to wield a hammer on behalf of the Ground Zero Mosque project, Mr. O'Reilly reveals his basic ignorance of Feisal Rauf's expressed ideology, including the imam's Sharia (Islamic Law)-based conception of "peace" itself -- more accurately, a global Pax Islamica.
As reported by the New York Post's Tom Topoussis on June 19, Imam Rauf repeatedly declined to acknowledge, unequivocally, that Hamas is a terrorist organization, despite its formal designation as such by the US State Department, in these words:
Asked by WABC radio interviewer Aaron Klein whether he agreed with the State Department's assessment, Imam Rauf stated, "Look, I'm not a politician. The issue of terrorism is a very complex question." When Klein persisted, asking Rauf again for his view on Hamas, the imam, now exasperated, still refused to agree openly with the State Department's apt designation.
Rauf's repeated refusal to acknowledge that Hamas is indeed a terrorist organization -- jihad terror being Hamas' specific abiding ideology -- is entirely consistent with his own documented lionization of well-known fundamentalist Muslim jurists such as Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 1328), and the founder of modern Wahhabism, Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab (d. 1792). Moreover, Rauf praises the contemporary cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi -- Spiritual Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, immensely popular Al-Jazeera television savant on the Sharia, and in whose name the government of Qatar recently created the Al-Qaradawi Centre for Islamic Moderation -- as "...probably the most well-known legal authority in the whole Muslim world today." Qaradawi is an inveterate jihadist and Muslim Jew-hater, who has called for the destruction of Israel in a jihad genocide. He also sanctioned jihad martyrdom operations against American forces in Iraq, and more ominously, Qaradawi has made unabashed appeals for Muslims to wage a "jihad re-conquest" of Europe. His public fatwa on December 2, 2002 stated,
But perhaps most importantly, Rauf's continued close association with, and nurturing by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad also comports with the imam's adamant refusal to acknowledge Hamas' ethos of jihad terror. Rauf's Malaysian mentor, Mahathir Muhammad, opined the following at the 2003 Putrajaya Islamic Summit:
Pace Imam Rauf's steadfast refusal to affirm this truth, Hamas' spokespersons, ideologues, and most significantly its clearly articulated ideology in the foundational 1988 Hamas Covenant, Hamas is an unabashed Muslim jihad terrorist organization. The Hamas belief system is a toxic amalgam of, primarily, conspiratorial Islamic Jew-hatred, and jihadism, "updated" with Antisemitic European motifs from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Moreover, Hamas is expressly part of the international jihadist movement which seeks to impose Islamic Law globally and its spokespersons have consistently threatened the US, and the entire West, not only Israel.
Imam Feisal Rauf abets Hamas' agenda -- global jihadism -- with his silence, and perhaps tacit consent.
But there is nothing "nuanced" about Imam Feisal Rauf's belief in the primacy of Sharia (Islamic Law) in society -- any society -- despite its permanent advocacy of jihad and dehumanizing injunctions on non-Muslims and women.
Rauf, in his 2004 "What's Right With Islam" -- released in Malaysia as, "A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Da'wah From the Heart of America Post-9/11," asserts that the US is in a state of "readiness" for the Sharia:
And Rauf also charts how the US could evolve toward what is clearly his ultimate goal -- an Islamic State -- beginning with a parallel Sharia judiciary:
However it is Rauf's earlier 1999 "Islam: A Sacred Law: What Every Muslim Should Know About Sharia" which makes unmistakably clear both the triumphal basis for his pious Muslim desire to impose Islamic Law, and the far reaching effects of this application:
Imam Feisal Rauf's lucidly expressed views can be summed up as follows: Sharia über alles!
Robert H. Jackson was the chief US prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, and an associate Supreme Court Justice, well-known for warning in a 1949 dissenting opinion (Terminiello v. Chicago) that if the Court did not "temper doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom," it risked morphing "the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact." Fifty-six years ago, just before his passing in 1954, Justice Jackson wrote a brilliant foreword to an academic treatise on Islamic Law. His simple, pellucid words should serve as a warning for our era, rife with its dual scourges of ignorance and cultural relativism.
Bill O'Reilly must educate himself about Feisal Abdul Rauf's clearly espoused views and goals. Simply put, Rauf's agenda -- to forge the US into a Sharia-based society -- is a profoundly anti-American agenda.