Christine Brim on Imam Rauf: Admirer of Qaradawi?
Through a sequence of links too tedious to hat-tip, I came upon a web entry by a certain Christine Brim at Andrew Breitbart's website. I've heard of Breitbart, though I don't recall precisely where, but I know nothing about Ms. Brim, who says this about Imam Rauf:
"[J]ihad-supporter Sheik Qaradawi . . . [is] so admired by Imam Rauf."If Rauf admires Qaradawi, then that is problematic since the latter supports suicide bombings against Israelis, as I noted in a recently posted blog entry about Qaradawi based on Paul Berman's information.
But when I check the link provided by Ms. Brim, I find a New York Times article by Laurie Goodstein from October 12, 2001, "Muslim Scholars Back Fight Against Terrorists," which reports on Qaradawi's fatwa allowing Muslims to join non-Muslims in the fight against terrorism. In that article, Imam Rauf is quoted by Goodstein as stating:
"This fatwa is very significant. Yusuf Qaradawi is probably the most well-known legal authority in the whole Muslim world today . . . . The armed forces of other countries now have behind them a legal standing in the eyes of a noted legal authority to be part of the coalition against terrorism."Based on this quote alone, I'd say that Ms. Brim appears to be rather overstating the significance of Rauf's words, which seem simply a statement of fact, not necessarily an expression of admiration.
Like many individuals, including Christopher Hitchens, I am curious about the character of the man pressing for this mosque near Ground Zero. Imam Rauf might be a supporter of sharia down to its hudud penalties, for all I know.
But I don't know, and I'd therefore like to see a good deal more rigor on the part of individuals like Ms. Brim in their reports on Imam Rauf. I've not checked her other links, but her apparently exaggerated remark about Rauf in this instance leads me to distrust her larger judgment.
However, I'll check further into her evidence and report back if I find something blogworthy.