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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ABC This Week's appallingly bad Ground Zero victory mosque segment

Here's an appallingly bad segment from ABC This Week on the Ground Zero victory mosque. It will make you wish Jake Tapper were back hosting. It will also make you wish that they had tried to find a better Jewish representative than Joy Levitt whom I found to be insufferable.

Let's go to the videotape.

Khan has the audacity to compare opposition to the victory mosque to anti-Semitism, and the dhimmi Levitt, whose knowledge of Jewish history is sorely lacking, simply gets worse as the show moves along (and invites the anti-Semitic Imam Rauf to speak at the JCC in September). And the notoriously anti-Israel Amanpour keeps tossing softball questions. What a farce!

Jennifer Rubin notes:
A liberal with a Jewish organization was incensed: “Any suggestion that this particular mosque not be built in this particular place, and the objections of family members of 9/11, are in any way analogous to anti-Semitism or the struggles of the Jewish community in America is as insensitive and ignorant as it is offensive.” He continued:
And while it is not the case with this Imam, who at least appears to reject radicalism — despite his unwillingness to call Hamas a terrorist group and his suggestion that some terrorists are better than others — there is no corollary to Judaism, from the birth of the religion to that practiced by the first immigrants to this great country of ours or by Jews today. Judaism has never called for restoring the caliphate or violent jihad to kill Americans and infidels. You will hear that in mosques in America and around the world, but never in a synagogue, now or ever. To invoke anti-Semitism and ignore that further contradiction in the broader debate, and the concomitant lack of an Islamic reformation — as we have seen in both Judaism and Christianity — is also dishonest.
That liberal had apparently not seen this story. Otherwise s/he would not have given Rauf credit for rejecting radicalism.

Simply an appalling show.


At 7:53 AM, Blogger Moriah said...

I'm so embarrassed ...

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

It's just a black box for me. :(

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

In case people don't know... the JCCs in flyover country have more than half non-Jewish members. They do not have "prayer spaces". The pools allow both women and men to swim in normal bathing suits. Maybe it is different in the NYC JCCs. So is Ms. Kahn intending to exhibit "tolerance" in the community for bikinis, piercings, tats, etc.? Otherwise, why on earth is Rabbi Levitt perpetuating this comparison. Also, the YMCAs where we live do not segregate women and men...


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