Sooner or later, a lot of the people spreading lies and smearing the reputation of Feisal Abdul Rauf will regret their bellicose rhetoric and feel shame. Not all of them will be capable of humility. Firebrand screamers such as Glenn Beck don’t blink an eye at slamming someone he’s decided is the enemy, but some of them will regret their decision to fan the flames of fear and to try to destroy a good man.
My greatest fear though, is that someone will get hurt or killed because of this unbelievable irresponsible hate-speech that’s coming from the right, so far, we’ve been relatively lucky, but fear is a powerful weapon when directed at the gullible masses.
The current target of the right’s unsubstantiated charges is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. The right claims that he’s a radical cleric because he’s trying to build a community center a few blocks from “Ground Zero.” It was called the Cordoba House, and it will be open to everyone, but some are trying to make political hay out of its Islamic prayer room. Buckling under the enormous weight of the phony outrage by the right, the Cordoba House has been renamed to Park 51. Some on the right claimed that naming it Cordoba House was an insult to Christianity? Yeah, I don’t get it either.
The real injustice of all of this spurious rage, is that a peaceful and good man, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is being dragged through the mud. He’s being called a radical, an extremist, a terrorist sympathizer.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Rauf worked with the Bush administration, the FBI, Madelyn Albright, Bush’s friend Karen Hughes, and countless others in spreading peace and cooperation between Christians, Muslims and Jews. But to the Glenn Beck’s and the radical right, he’s a terrorist. But who really is terrorizing whom here?
It’s disgusting how Fox News and other rightwing media outlets have no desire to seek the truth. What they seek are short-term political wins with a complete and utter disregard for the truth.
It saddens me, and it should sadden you too. To learn more about Feisal Abdul Rauf, please read Sam Stein’s story about him on the Huffington Post. Stay informed. Spread the truth. Battle the lies any way you can. You must remain diligent.