Friday, February 04, 2011

Second Imam At Ground Zero Victory Mosque Steps Down

I hadn't had a chance to comment on this guy, and he's stepped down (Yahoo News).
Shaykh Abdallah Adhami said Friday in a joint statement with the center's developer that he will no longer serve as a religious adviser to the center.

"It is important for me now to devote my time to the completion of my book, which assists English readers in understanding and facilitating the language of the Quran. I wish the project leaders well," Adhami said.

The 44-year-old had been announced as the new imam on Jan. 14, after its co-founder, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, was given a reduced role.

Rauf had been the public face of the center but hadn't always seen eye to eye with its developer, Sharif El-Gamal. Rauf also spent much of his time traveling, often to far corners of the globe, and El-Gamal said he preferred to have someone leading religious programming who could spend more time on building a local congregation.

Adhami was to have been one of several New York City imams fulfilling that role, but shortly after his appointment, news reports questioned his views on homosexuality. In one recorded lecture, he said he believed that homosexuality was linked to childhood abuse.
That's putting it mildly. Here's what the Imam really said (Fox Nation)
"An enormously overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life."

"A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination that they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom at some level as well."
He's not just compared homosexuals to animals. As Atlas Shrugs reported, he also called WTC bombing conspirator Siraj Wahhaj "Our Beloved Imam," adding "Siraj Wahhaj is the voice of the spirit of Islam in America and its pride"

So much for the Victory Mosque being a bridge builder. It is anything but that, and this latest flap proves even more that it is a bad idea.

On the subject of this monstrosity, Pamela at Atlas Shrugs is presenting a screening of the new film The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 9/11 Attacks, at CPAC in Washington DC next weekend, followed by a New York screening on February 20th.

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