ANDREW McCARTHY ON IRSHAD MANJI’S OP-ED ON THE MOSQUE DEBATE…..SEE NOTE
I AM DECIDEDLY NOT AN ADMIRER OF MANJI…OTHER WOMEN SUCH AS WAFA SULTAN, NONIE DARWISH, BRIGITTE GABRIEL ARE FAR MORE ACCURATE….AND NONE, ABOSLUTELY NONE RISES TO THE LEVEL OF IBN WARRACK TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM…RSK
As those following the mosque debate may recall, I am an admirer of Irshad Manji, a real Muslim reformer. But I was disappointed in her op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this week, beginning with her above-it-all pronouncement that both the opponents and proponents have it wrong. (After painting the opposition as â€œantimosque crusadersâ€ and the advocates as â€œwarriors for tolerance,â€ itâ€™s a bit rich to find IrshadÂ decrying the â€œbombastâ€ in the debate.)
Omitting any mention of Imam Feisal Raufâ€™s tiesÂ to the Muslim Brotherhood, his praise for the prinicples of Khomeiniâ€™s 1979 Iranian revolution, his refusal to condemn Hamas, and his promotion of sharia (and mind you, Irshad expressed consternation about the Brotherhood, Khomeini, and sharia in her book), Irshad conclusorily asserts that Rauf is â€œnot an Islamistâ€ but â€œa man of dialogue.â€ Then, after blasting Raufâ€™s â€œinsensitivityâ€ in insisting on having the mosque near Ground Zero â€” because she is â€œoffended by its proximity to the siteÂ of 9/11â€³ (does that make Irshad an â€œantimosque crusaderâ€?) â€“Â she lists several the things about which we are suspicious, but in the dark, regarding Raufâ€™s project: Will it discriminate against women? Will it extend reciprocal tolerance to non-Islamic religious rites? Will it reaffirm Islamâ€™s intolerance of homosexuals, apostates, and non-believers? Will it make gestures of inclusion to the likes of Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Khomeiniâ€™s fatwa?
This is incoherent. Every Muslim terrorist is an Islamist, but not every Islamist is a terrorist. You can be a â€œman of dialogueâ€ and still be an Islamist if your agenda is to spread sharia. Does Rauf want to spread sharia? His record certainly suggests that he does. To know with certainty, though, we would need straight answers to the questions Irshad poses.
But we donâ€™t have them, do we? And Rauf is obviously not anxious to provide them, notwithstanding that answers displaying enlightened tolerance could assuage a lot of peopleâ€™s concerns. Meaning â€¦ weâ€™re entitled to infer that, if he would deign to respond,Â Rauf would give Islamist answers â€” although he would no doubt do it in his clever, ingratiating manner.
Irshadâ€™s got the cart before the horse. Wouldnâ€™t it be better first to press Rauf on the important questions she has posed, and then to decide whether heâ€™s an Islamist?
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