Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cut from the same cloth

As a man of God, or Allah, Duke University Muslim Chaplain  Abdullah Antepli should be one of those vaunted "moderate" Muslims we hear about.  Even as he claims we should see him as such, his actions over the years, and his associations make it clear he is not the man of peace he wants us to believe he is. 

His coziness with Ingrid Mattson is to be questioned, as she is a Muslim apologist supreme.  His 2009 appearance at an anti-Israel bash-in where he appeared to agree with those who do not recognize Israel and his veiled acceptance of indiscriminate murder of Israeli's cast doubt on his "moderate" credentials.

Abdullah Antepli needs watching, as does Mattson and her ilk.  They are dangerous people masquerading as truth-tellers.

From The American Thinker April 26 by Jay Schalin

Torturing the Truth at Duke Divinity 

Should we automatically accept -- at face value -- Duke University's first Muslim chaplain, Abdullah Antepli, as part of an emerging loyal, moderate American Islam, simply because he insists that we do so?

Biting the hand that feeds him.

Well Antepli, there are over one hundred other countries to choose from.  Please choose one.

No, it is your fellow jihadists who keep screaming "Allahu Akbar" while murdering innocent non-Muslims in non-Muslim countries that causes us to demand Muslims prove themselves.  Address that problem, Antepli and maybe we can talk.

Antepli's condemnation of America did not stop there.  He claimed that our government's use of torture (if that is what we have indeed been doing) is merely a "symptom of a larger pathological issue."  American society, he contended, has been suffering from a "psychological, spiritual, moral disease."

No mention was made about how Islamic societies compare in this regard.  If America is a "sick" society -- and Islamic societies are healthy -- then why are Muslims flocking to our shores in large numbers?

Antepli was joined at the torture conference by keynote speaker Ingrid Mattson.  She is the director and dominant figure in Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary, where Antepli received his master's degree (and where he continues to be a doctoral candidate).  Given the small size of the faculty in that program, her prominence, and their common interests, it is hard to imagine that she had no influence on him.

Including the FBI and DHS, as well as the Justice Dept.

Read it all
If so, what an influence she would be, for she has gained national notoriety as a defender of some of Islam's unsavory aspects. She was recently dubbed by the New York Times as "perhaps the most noticed figure among American Muslim women."  She is the former president of the Islamic Society of North America, which was named by the U.S. Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in a case involving a charity that funneled money to Hamas.  Many sources say the ISNA is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, the wellspring of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Al Qaeda.
Antepli revealed that this so-called "torture" is not the result of overt acts directed at him, but comes from his perception that many Americans are antagonistic to Muslims and expect Muslims "to prove our loyalty to this land."  Such demands to "prove that we belong" stem from a "great level of arrogance," he added.
"Being a Muslim in the United States is another form of torture, a psychological torture, an emotional torture, and it's just getting worse," he declared at the "Toward a Moral Consensus against Torture" conference at Duke University on March 25-26.  The conference attracted approximately 100 left-wing academics, theologians, and members of the local activist community for some old-fashioned America-bashing.
Perhaps not, when all his words and associations are taken into account.  He seems eager to join hands with others -- Muslim, Christian, and secular -- who express animosity toward this country and Western societies in general.  And at one recent event, he attacked the citizens of his adopted country for their failure to blindly assume Muslim immigrants mean them well.

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