Below is a clip of a Muslim dialogue about Park 51 (Cordoba House) and the Muslim perception of America’s “ideology of hatred” toward Islam that allegedley extends to the White House:
The following comments were striking to me:
It was Obama who invited Muslim homosexuals to Iftar last year, but did not invite the real leaders of the Muslim community. Who attended this year’s Iftar? Many Muslim leaders did not attend. There is an effort to reshape the perception of Islam throughout the US.
One final thing, Muhammad. I am not afraid of the issue of the Islamic Center, whether or not it is built. What I fear most is that the pressure exerted on us, as a Muslim community, will make us change many of our principles.
For years I have wondered whether the efforts of politicians to shape our views of religion, including Islam, crosses the line separating church and state. What are your thoughts?