Yesterday was certainly quite a day. If you listened to the news reports you heard Imam Rauf literally threaten the United States with violence if his mosque were to be moved. I suspect many of you, as did I, consider his words as words of instruction to the Muslim world. I was seething.
Today it remains questionable whether or not Korans will be burned. If not by Reverend Jones, someone else. Such is the way of fanaticism. If this should happen the results will be unsettling to say the least. However, it is their right and the government cannot intervene with everyone who may have similar ideas in support of Reverend Jones.
I've been asking for months for American Muslims to step forward in condemnation of extremism. Today, in The Wall Street Journal, one did. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a doctor and former Navy officer, is founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
I'd say he is a very courageous man because he asks Muslims in general, and Rauf in particular, to answer some very tough questions. Best of all, he says of himself that he is American first and Muslim second. I only wish his column would get worldwide distribution. Too few read the Journal , but it's a start.
I admire his courage and wish him well. It will not sit well with Islamism. If this controversy is one of interest to you, please follow the link and read what he has to say.