Well, if Muhammad Ali Hasan is in support of the Ground Zero Mosque it must be a good thing. Hasan is a Republican, a practicing Muslim and founded Muslims For Bush. There were no Coptic Christians for Bush, no Bahai'i's for Bush: no Assyrians for Bush.
When Hasan talks he pulls no punches. That's the kind of guy he is. He has taken some of his fellow conservative Republicans to task for their opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque. If you say you "are against the project, yet claim not to be bigoted," he tells them, "I have news for you: you are a bigot."
He has accused Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich of pandering-not of being bigoted but of pandering.
Okay, so what are the objects of their pandering? That's an easy one though Hasan doesn't come right out and say it-it's the broad masses of the American people who are either too stupid or too depraved to realize that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and is worthy of a Ground Zero Mosque.
Broad masses? Sure. There are many broad masses around the world.
On January 1, 2010, a broad mass in Algeria looted and burned a Protestant Church. They torched piles of Bibles and other religious books and desecrated Christian crosses. Maybe the Florida minister learned from them.
Six Christians were killed in a church shooting in Egypt inspired by a broad mass meeting during the recent Christmas holiday season.
Hasan has not commented on these atrocities or on any of the frequent broad mass eruptions in Muslim run countries.
Islam is as American as apple pie intimates Hasan. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson carried a Quran in his library and is thought to have sought guidance from it? Hasan is not the only Muslim to provide America's broad masses with this version of the Founding Father.
Yes, for the record, Jefferson did consult the Quran-he had the Barbary Pirates to contend with. Like Churchill who studied Mein Kampf, Jefferson studied the Quran.
Jefferson once cut the parts from a Bible that he didn't agree with or that he had his doubts about. It was said the book was greatly reduced. If Old Jeff had done that to his copy of the Quran he would have been left with the covers and the spine.
By the time Jefferson was sworn in as President Muslim pirates had been preying on United States merchant shipping in the Mediterranean for 25 years. It was an old story-Muslim corsairs had been seizing American ships throughout the Colonial period.
The brig Polly was taken in 1793. The captive seamen were stripped of their possessions and put to work in their underwear on a pirate ship. The corsair captain, Rais Mahomet Salamia, told them they could expect harsh treatment "for your history and superstition in believing in a man who was crucified by the Jews and (for) disregarding the true doctrine of God's last and greatest prophet Mahomet." Did the Captain mean the doctrine of peace and tolerance?
The sailors were reduced to ball-and-chain slavery. They were turned into beasts of burden, dragging large rocks to fill in the harbor at Algiers. It was to be forever unless they should be ransomed or convert to Islam!
The four ships boys were assigned to the palace as servants. No, it was not to shine shoes and wait on tables.
Qur'an 76:19 "And round them shall serve immortal boys of perpetual freshness, never altering in age. If you saw them, you would think they were scattered pearls."
Life for the ruling class in Algiers, circa 1793, was a preview of Allah's paradise. In Peoria they call it child molestation.
How good an American is Muhammad Ali Hasan? Is he a Rooster Cogburn, an Audie Murphy, a George Costanza? He was born in Colorado, has run for office and has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor. He is a member of Muslims for America. In spite of these impressive credentials he is no Arthur Fonzarelli.
This is what Hasan posted on Twitter: "I give America credit.she can be evil.but she strives to overcome it and lives up to her ideals. She needs help sometimes though."
Help? There are others in need of help. Perhaps Hasan should look inward.
In Vladikavkaz, Russia, a Shahid (a Witness) drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a market, killing 18 people and wounding 122 others.
A suicide bomber killed 19 people, 9 of them schoolchildren, in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan. He was a Holy Warrior, a member of the Harakat Ul-Majahidin.
There are thousands of these crazies scattered around the Muslim world. They do not oppose the building of mosques but they do oppose the building of churches and synagogues and Buddhist shrines. Has Hasan ever expressed his indignation over the barbarities committed against any other religion by his fellow Muslims? Or is it none of his business?
Three Christian aid-workers were kidnapped and murdered by Muslim fundamentalists in Pakistan.
Pakistan-a very strange land where Muslim officials have denied aid to Christian flood victims and where Christian children are frequently kidnapped and forcibly converted to Islam a not uncommon practice throughout the Muslim world.
The list of atrocities goes on and on. It didn't start when the United States recognized Israel in 1948 when, by the way, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. The horror goes back 1.400 years.
Can Islam be evil or does evil lie in the eye of the beholder? To a moderate Muslim America can be evil and Hasan is a moderate Muslim. So he says. But evil acts have been committed in the name of Islam and moderate Muslims find it extremely difficult to talk about them let alone condemn them. And what has Islam done to thwart these evil acts?
Hasan says America lives up to its ideals. Does Islam?
Yes, it does and that explains Vladikavkaz and Lakki Marwat and a thousand other acts of violence against non-Muslims.
Qur'an 5:35 " As for the disbelievers (Christians), if they had everything on earth, two times over, to give as ransom for the penalty of the Day of Doom, it would never be accepted of them. Theirs will be a painful torment. They will desire to get out of the fire, but they shall not be released from it. They shall have an everlasting torture."
Or Qur'an 9:29 ".until they pay the jizyah tribute tax in submission, feeling themselves subdued and brought low."
Or Qur'an 5:73 ".the disbelievers will suffer a painful doom."
The crime? Not being Muslims!
It isn't America that needs help-it is Islam. And the blind allegiance of Muslims like Hasan to the doctrines of the Prophet makes reformation of Islam an impossible task. They are part of the everlasting torture. They are not Rooster Cogburn Americans.