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Religious Left: We Are Muslims, Too!
by Mark D. Tooley
Accepting an invite from Ground Zero Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, National Council of Churches chief Michael Kinnamon joined other leftist clergy at a recent Time Square rally against New York Congressman Peter King's upcoming hearings on radical Islam.
The Religious Left wants to pretend that radical Islam is an imaginary problem and prefers generically to target "religious extremism," in which Christians and others can be imagined as equally prone to international terror. In truth, the Religous Left probably thinks conservative Christians, especially Zionists, are a far greater threat than al Qaeda. On March 10, Kinnamon and other likeminded clergy will gather on Capitol Hill to denounce Congressman King's investigation of radical Islam in America. But the March 6 "Today I Am a Muslim Too" jamboree in New York presaged what the Washington, D.C. press conference will declare.
Prior to the New York rally, Kinnamon praised his interfaith partner, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), for condemning the recent Islamist murder of Christian Pakistani politician Shahbaz Bhatti. "We will continue to do all we can to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in the U.S., even as you express such wonderful solidarity with the Christian community in Pakistan," Kinnamon assured ISNA, which is participating in the Washington, D.C. press conference.
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