Raheel Raza, a board member of the Muslim Canadian Conference, speaks with Bill O’Reilly regarding the construction of the 9/11 mosque.
“I oppose the idea along with other members of the Muslim-Canadian Congress because it’s confrontational. It is in bad faith. And it doesn’t really set up any kind of dialogue or discussion on tolerance. …
How does building a mosque in the very place where Muslims murdered so many other Americans … create any kind of respect? …
Building a mosque or a place of worship … across the street from Ground Zero is a slap in the face upon Americans. … I can’t begin to imagine how they would even conceive an idea that building a mosque there … would in any way build tolerance and respect. …
Mayor Bloomberg and other bleeding-heart white liberals like him don’t understand the battle that we moderate Muslims are faced with in terms of confronting radical Islam and Islamization and political Islam in North America, which has only grown since 9/11 because of political correctness and people because of their politically-invested agendas [are] not speaking out against issues like this.”—Raheel Raza
O’Reilly Factor: Raheel Raza Speaks Out Against 9/11 Mosque 4:18 Video
Some Muslims Object to Ground Zero Mosque
Bill O’Reilly and Raheel Raza (Transcript)
O’REILLY: “Factor Follow-up” segment tonight, according to a new Sienna College poll in New York state, 61 percent of New Yorkers oppose building a mosque near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. Just 26 percent think that’s a good idea. And now we’re hearing that some Muslims disagree with the proposed mosque.
Joining us from Toronto, Raheel Raza, the author of the book, “Their Jihad, Not My Jihad” and a board member of the Muslim Canadian Congress.
Ms. Raza, why do you oppose building that mosque downtown?
RAHEEL RAZA, AUTHOR, “THEIR JIHAD, NOT MY JIHAD”: Well, I oppose the idea along with other members of the Muslim-Canadian Congress because it’s confrontational. It is in bad faith. And it doesn’t really set up any kind of dialogue or discussion on tolerance.
O’REILLY: Well, the pro-mosque forces, including the mayor of New York City, say No. 1 to deny the mosque would be a, you know, slap in the face of freedom of religion. And, No. 2, the reason that the community center mosque is wanted there by the Muslims involved is to show respect. Respect for the victims of 9/11. You’re not buying that?
RAZA: Well, no. As a Muslim, I’m not buying that at all. How does building a mosque in the very place where Muslims murdered so many other Americans — would create any kind of respect?
What I’m hearing from people, especially those who are victims and — whoa re family of the victims is that this is very hurtful, and it’s very painful. And as a Muslim I read in my holy book, the Koran ,that we should not — we should be very sensitive towards people of other faiths, especially when we are living in lands that are not Muslim lands, and these are our neighbors and our colleagues and the people we care about. We don’t show our caring for them by being intolerant.
Building a mosque or a place of worship in particular spot across the street from Ground Zero is a slap in the face upon Americans. I mean, New Yorkers have experienced this pain, and the people who are behind this project are themselves Americans and New Yorkers. I can’t begin to imagine how they would even conceive an idea that building a mosque there, which is an exclusive place of prayer for Muslims, would in any way build tolerance and respect.
Major — Mayor Bloomberg and other bleeding-heart white liberals like him don’t understand the battle that we moderate Muslims are faced with in terms of confronting radical Islam and Islamization and political Islam in North America, which has only grown since 9/11 because of political correctness and people because of their politically-invested agenda does not speaking out against issues like this.
O’REILLY: What a great answer, Ms. Raza. I’m — I have to compliment you. That was about as articulate an indictment of this whole crazy thing that I’ve heard. Some say…
RAZA: One doesn’t hold back when speaking the truth.
O’REILLY: Listen, I’m complimenting you because you really well stated — that was very well stated.
Some people say that this Imam Rauf wanted to gloat, wanted to put a mosque there to send a signal to radical Muslims that this was a victory. Are you buying that?
RAZA: Well, it could be. Imam Feisel Rauf Abdul had previously had a reputation for being a very pluralistic visionary man. I will say that for him. So it came as a double surprise when I heard that he and his wife were the sort of brains behind this idea.
But you know $100 million can help people sell their souls. So who knows what goes in the minds of people? And the big question that we have also is, Where is this funding coming from? Was this a fundraising that took place in America?
O’REILLY: No, they don’t have the money right now. So we’re actually watching that. It’s not going to get done. I said this from the beginning of this story. I don’t think there’s a construction crew in New York City, certainly not a union crew that is going to work on this project. I don’t think it’s going to happen.
But I respect you coming on, Ms. Raza. I know how difficult it is. And there are some in your community will condemn you for doing it, but you really nailed it. This is about sensitivity. It’s about Muslims obeying the Koran and going out of their way to be hospitable to people who, you know, may feel pain in a certain measure.
Thanks, Ms. Raza. We appreciate it very much.
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