"Speaking from his New York mosque, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said the West had to understand the terrorists' point of view.
In a move likely to cause controversy with church leaders, Imam Feisal said it was Christians who started mass attacks on civilians.
"The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets." (source)
This is the Imam at the head of the Ground Zero Mosque-to-be. The Imam that refuses to acknowledge Hamaas as a terrorist group. The Imam that would encourage Western law embrace Sharia law. The Imam that the Administration is sending to the Middle East as an envoy to explain Western Culture?! This guy is going to help explain OUR society and culture...on OUR dime?
"...He is a distinguished Muslim cleric," said State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley. "We do have a program whereby, through our Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau here at the State Department, we send people from Muslim communities here in this country around the world to help people overseas understand our society and the role of religion within our society."
The State Department has not yet divulged a detailed itinerary of Rauf’s trip, although Arab media is reporting he will visit the oil rich states of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi.
"It is to foster greater understanding and outreach around the world, among… Muslim- majority communities," said Crowley. "We've done this many, many times, with many leading figures… over the past few years." (source)
But, the mosque-to-be is not yet funded...and this begs the investigation into the question of whether American taxpayer's money is being used to fund a chance for this Imam to collect cash in some of the richest Islamic countries in the world... That would be the embodiment of the expression 'adding insult to injury...'