Wednesday, 6 February 2013

The "newspaper of record" breaks a story... two years late

The New York Times has finally caught up with the fact that the Imam behind the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque", Feisal Abdul Rauf, is a fraud.
In its article of February 5, Donor, Citing Fraud, Sues Imam Tied to Mosque Near Ground Zero, the NYT notes that a Mr Deak had donated money "to a project to combat anti-Muslim sentiment".  Instead, says the suit, Rauf used the money for personal real estate, lavish trips and a luxury sports car.
But if you'd followed the bloggosphere, you would have known about this over two years ago....
And... to combat such alleged "anti-Muslim sentiment", wouldn't the Imam have done better -- instead of hammering the messengers (the likes of Robert Spencer, Raymond Ibrahim, Daniel Pipes, -- to have directed his energies to denouncing his violent co-religionists: those who endlessly, if often fruitlessly, seek to bomb innocent civilians in the US, or who have carried out over 20,000 terror attacks since 9/11?
How much would alleged "Islamophobia" reduce if instead of propaganda (and fraud), Imam Rauf concentrated on the "Five points to Moderate Islam"...
Spencer has comment here.