Newsday did a story (Leaders support mosque) on page A54 about the press conference we mentioned yesterday.
Some of the comments from speakers..
"We will not be fooled by fearmongering and appeals to bigotry," the Rev. Mark Lukens, pastor of Bethany Congregational Church in East Rockaway, said at a news conference yesterday. "We stand with you proudly, shoulder to shoulder."
"We who know Dr. Khan and the Islamic Center of Long Island and call them our friends ... [We] will not allow their reputation to be soiled," said Rabbi Renni Altman of Temple Beth-El."
What did King have to say?
"Reached by phone, King said he was "terribly disappointed" by the clerics' comments. "As religious leaders, they all should realize that there's more to interfaith dialogue than just holding hands and feeling good about yourself."
"King criticized Faroque Khan, chairman of the center's board of directors, for not publicly condemning those statements. By supporting Khan and the center, religious leaders at yesterday's event had made a "terrible mistake," King said."
So King is saying that both christians and jews would ignore some blatant anti-semitism that King sees and break bread with those same anti-semites in the name of goodwill?
Looks like King is really stretching here.
The people who spoke know the Islamic Center better than King does.
Oh and do we have to say once again that King took campaign contributions from Dr. Khan as late as 2005?
If Dr. Khan is so bad, why does King take the money?
To quote Sen. John McCain, "...there is little in Mr. King’s singularly unimpressive legislative record to suggest that he is motivated by anything other than a compulsion to utter provocative sound bites."
Our Interview with Dr. Khan
Letters to the NYPost
and King's attempt to create a divide between jews and muslims