These are word games, Islamic word games. Separating the political organization from terrorism is a mind f**k.
Rauf’s own website, CordobaInitiative.org, states: “Hamas is both a political movement and a terrorist organization.
Hamas is a genocidal organization. Rauf calls them a political organization. The first paragraph of the Hamas charter calls for the annihilation of Israel. Hamas has refused to change that or to recognize Israel's right to exist.
The principles of the Hamas are stated in their Covenant or Charter, given in full below. Following are highlights.
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it." (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."
"After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying."
Did radical Rauf denounce that? No. He is a silver-tongued snake-oil salesman, and he's got the enemedia in his back pocket.
Payne continues with Rauf's lies:
"My mosque is just a few blocks north of [Ground Zero]. Nine-one-one was our tragedy too. Members of my mosque were among those who were victims.”
He is such a liar. The building was destroyed in the 911 attacks. That building is Ground Zero. "Members of his mosque were among those who were victims..." What tripe. A new morphing meme, part of the protean morphing mosque narrative. The horror is that the few Muslims who died in that attack are considered shaheeds in Islam -- dying in the act of jihad. That is their tragic fact -- who knows if they were pious Muslims and believed that, too? The idea that Rauf keeps separating the few Muslim victims out from the the thousands dead speaks volumes as to how he sees "us" and "them." He is an Islamic supremacist.
Park 51 critics like Palin who take Rauf’s words out of context are using the community center for political gain. Just like the Democrats last week who could not point to a single example of Tea Partiers exhorting violence of the type we saw in Tucson.
UPDATE: Related: Ground Zero Mega Mosque Imam Rauf raised no objections to official calls for suicide bombing in America and Israel