Ask Walid: Michael Bloomberg Doesn't Speak Arabic and Other Tales of the Ground Zero Mosque

I digress. Back to Walid Shoebat. Here is a taste of some quotes from the mouth of Rauf as translated from the Arabic by Walid. More will come when I interview him for PJTV tomorrow.

"People asked me right after the 9/11 attack as to why do movements with political agendas carry [Islamic] religious names? Why call it ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ or ‘Hezbollah (Party of Allah)’ or ‘Hamas’ or ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’? I answer them this—that the trend towards Islamic law and justice begins in religious movements, because secularism had failed to deliver what the Muslim wants, which is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“The only law that the Muslim needs exists already in the Koran and the Hadith.”

Say good-bye to that fuddy-concept, the separation of church and state. But wait, there's more....

“I do not believe in religious dialogue ... this phrase is inaccurate. Religious dialogue as is customarily understood is a set of events with discussions in large hotels that result in nothing. Religions do not dialogue and dialogue is not present in the attitudes of the followers regardless of being Muslim or Christian."

If religious dialogue results in nothing, as Rauf says -- an arguable premise, I suppose -- then why build a mosque by Ground Zero to promote such dialogue? Or does Imam Rauf have something else in mind? Frankly, I don't know. But neither, I can assure you, does Michael Bloomberg. As for Barack Obama, well ... I leave that one to the readers.