Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Transparent.

Just in case you woke up today thinking that September 14th would be the day you'd start overlooking the arrests of some the founding members of the Council on American Islamic Relations founders and instead begin cutting them a little slack, don't.

By now you know about the Flight 93 Memorial's "winning" design, titled "Crescent of Disgrace", pardon me, I meant "Embrace." Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo called them out:
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., says the design, called "Crescent of Embrace," could invite "controversy and criticism." In a letter sent Tuesday to National Park Service Director Fran Mainella, Tancredo said many have questioned the shape "because of the crescent's prominent use as a symbol in Islam - and the fact that the hijackers were radical Islamists."
See it here and decide for yourself.

To which the CAIR said the following:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today dismissed Rep. Tom Tancredo's (R-CO) comments on the design of a memorial to those aboard a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11 as a cynical political ploy designed to gain national attention.

CAIR also called on state and national leaders of the Republican Party, including President Bush, to repudiate Tancredo's Islamophobic stance on the memorial issue.

"Representative Tancredo once again demonstrates his anti-Muslim bias and his thirst for publicity," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. "He apparently believes he can only gain attention on the national political stage by fabricating a false controversy based on bizarre Internet conspiracy theories."
Please allow me to translate.
"Damn it! Because you're on to us again, let us be quick to implicitly acknowledge the Flight 93 Memorial design is explicitly designed to please the 1 billion Muslims worldwide, god willing, by fixing the international symbol of their faith to some dirt in Pennsylvania where some Americans died. Why the big bru-haha, how do we know that field wasn't the militant's intended target? Although we're sure you see through it, now is when we must call you a bigot and Islamophobe for pointing out the dubious intentions of the design and call on President Bush to give us undeserved legitimacy by publicly stoning, figuratively of course, Rep. Tancredo. Allu Akbar!"

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