Via National Review:
Like Harvard, Georgetown has been purchased into submission by tens of millions of Saudi petrodollars. In its resulting ardor to put Americans at ease about Islam, the university somehow manages to look beyond Qaradawi’s fatwas calling for the killing of American troops in Iraq and for suicide bombings in Israel. Qaradawi, they tell us, is a “moderate.” In fact, as Robert Spencer quips, if you were to say Islam and secularism cannot co-exist, John Esposito, Georgetown’s apologist-in-chief, would call you an Islamophobe; but when Qaradawi says it, no problem — according to Esposito, he’s a “reformist.”To illustrate this further, McCarthy quotes Qaradawi's own words:
...the call for secularism among Muslims is atheism and a rejection of Islam. Its acceptance as a basis for rule in place of Shari’ah is downright apostasy.This is a level of hypocrisy the left simply cannot rationalize. It's slapping them in the face but they cannot feel it.
The sad fact, the fact no one wants to deal with but which the Ground Zero mosque debate has forced to the fore, is that Qaradawi is a moderate. So is Feisal Rauf, who endorses the Qaradawi position — the mainstream Islamic position — that sharia is a nonnegotiable requirement.The left should have woken up a long time ago but as these realities reveal themselves more clearly, it will.
Read it all.
UPDATE: Here's a video of McCarthy opposite an Imam with the NYC Dept of Corrections - a must see. Like Rauf, this Imam won't denounce Hamas as a terrorist organization either: