Bill O'Reilly had as his guest tonight Nihad Awad, associated with the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Awad ducked O'Reilly's questions and assertions that perhaps the Imam should not build the mosque near Ground Zero, out of respect for the victims and their families. Awad insulted the opposition, which includes families of 9/11 victims, even making the outrageous claim that there is no link between Islam and 9/11.
"There is a lot of misinformation. If the Islamic religion and faith were linked to 9/11, I would say 'yes, don't build it there.' But the question is, there is no linkage between our faith, our community and 9/11 and the terrorists...."Well if that were the case, then why did the hijackers scream "Allah Akbar" (God is great) before slamming those hijacked airplanes into not only the Twin Towers, but the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania? They sure weren't screaming "Praise Jesus," Mr. Awad.
But Awad continued ducking the issue, playing the "bigotry" card by accusing Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs) of having photos of the "prophet" Mohammed with "urine on his head" (????????) O'Reilly then took the coward's way, saying "if you want me to take care of that woman, I will."
The question is, why didn't Bill O'Reilly not only question Awad about his claim about Geller's website, but also about this photo below?
This was taken at a 2002 so-called "anti-war" rally in Washington DC, hosted by the Communist front group International ANSWER. Awad is speaking at the microphone. Off to his right, on the stage, is a flag of the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah. How can Awad claim he condemns terrorism, and that it is not linked to Islam when he is on stage where the flags of Islamic terror groups who've murdered Americans and Jews appear?
Not once did O'Reilly question Awad about CAIR's links to Islamic terrorist groups like Hamas, but also how CAIR demanded the removal of a billboard in 1998 which had a picture of Osama bin Laden as "the sworn enemy." CAIR objected to the billboard, saying:
"By placing an unidentified stereotypical picture of a Muslim with a beard and a turban, KCOP's billboard is implying that all men who look like him are like him, sworn enemies," said CAIR Southern California Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. "It is not right for advertisers to be sensational at the expense of reinforcing negative stereotypes of Muslims."
So much for the claim that Islam is not linked to 9/11.