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Daisy Khan (AP photo, August 2010)I can’t really say I’m surprised by this, but New York City police recently admitted they’ve been investigating death threats against the couple who’ve proposed Park51/the Cordoba Center (aka the “Ground Zero Mosque”). You see, Islam is such a violent religion, that some Americans find it necessary to threaten its vocal supporters. Yeah. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? CNN’s Belief blog reports the story (WebCite cached article):

The husband-and-wife team behind the planned Islamic center and mosque near New York’s ground zero have received threats, a New York police spokesman said Sunday, hours after the wife said her life is under threat.

The threats “began several weeks ago,” police spokesman Paul Browne told CNN “We were investigating them.”

Browne would disclose no details of the threats made against Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf or his wife, Daisy Khan, or whether they were receiving any police protection.

Khan mentioned the threats during her appearance on ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour. Appearing with her was prominent Religious Rightist — and erstwhile presidential candidate — Gary Bauer, who didn’t exactly go out of his way to condemn the threats:

Gary Bauer, a conservative Christian leader who opposes the Park51 project, responded that “Anybody in public life, in a free society, has nuts that threaten their lives.”

If you want to see the transcript — which shows Bauer’s cavalier attitude toward these threats — it can be found right here (cached). He never says it in precisely these words, but Bauer’s implication is, “Well, of course, you’ve been threatened, lady! What else did you expect?”

It’s great to see a supposedly “loving” Christian express such concern for the lives of others. Yep, it’s that “Religion of Love” at work, once again!

Photo credit: AP via (UK) Telegraph.

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Mask ... for going into hidingThe Seattle cartoonist who proposed “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” earlier this year, has been forced to change her name and go into hiding, because of death threats — at least one serious and credible enough that it’s the FBI which suggested she do so. According to USA Today‘s On Deadline blog (WebCite cached article):

At the urging of the FBI, the Seattle cartoonist behind “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” is “going ghost” — leaving town, changing her name, creating a new identity because of the death threat issued in July [cached] by an Islamic cleric linked to the failed Times Square bombing, the Seattle Weekly says [cached] of its former contributor.

The reaction to this proposal, in the worldwide Muslim community, was horrific, and included such measures as Facebook and Youtube being blocked inside of Pakistan, as I blogged at the time.

Ain’t childishness wonderful? Especially when it’s religiously-fueled childishness?

USA Today adds the following note, which is somehow supposed to sound nice:

Norris had made friends with local Islamic leaders, and the head of the Seattle chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said the group “has a no tolerance policy for threats of violence.”

I guess it’s all well and good, and maybe heartwarming, that she “made friends” with members of CAIR, and that CAIR has a “no tolerance policy.” But that doesn’t appear to have helped. You would think that true “friends” would have at least tried to do something, and prevent her from having to go into hiding … no?

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