February 28, 2006, - 4:37 pm

Pope Invites Extremist Muslim Leader to Vatican

By Debbie Schlussel
Pope Benedict XVI has been notable in his recognition and criticism of contemporary Islam for the violence and intolerance that has dominated it. For that alone, aside from his position as a leader of the Christian faith, he has my utmost respect.
Now, however, the Pope has made a mistake. He’s invited Imam Hassan Qazwini, leader of the Islamic Center of America (of Dearborn, Michigan), to the Vatican to meet with him on Wednesday and then spend four days meeting with Catholic leaders.
But, even though he heads the largest mosque in North America, Qazwini is exactly the kind of man who should NOT be invited anywhere near such a holy man or a holy place. In 1998, I went undercover to Mr. Qazwini’s mosque, when he invited Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to speak at a memorial service. I wrote about this experience in The Detroit News. It was one of the two most frightening Islamic events which I’ve attended (and I’ve gone to many in disguise over the years).

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Extremist Muslim Imam Hassan Qazwini & Michigan Democrat Governatrix Jennifer “Gran-HO” Granholm

(the Nation’s 1st–and hopefully LAST–”Dating Game” Contestant Gov.)

I learned that day what my grandparents must have experienced in Nazi Europe just before they were rounded up for years in concentration camps. I watched as Qazwini cheered Farrakhan on when he called for a violent jihad on America, when he called for the destruction of America’s Jews. I shuddered as I watched Qazwini cheer on Farrakhan’s attacks on Jews as “evil” and “forces of Satan.” The introduction of Farrakhan as “our dear brother, a freedom fighter” to Qazwini’s enthusiastic applause, was equally disturbing.
I’ve written about Qazwini and his mosque in the Wall Street Journal. Rolling Stone interviewed and quoted me for a piece on Qazwini after 9/11. In the piece, Qazwini’s congregants forwarded conspiracy theories about “Zionists,” the media, and 9/11. Qazwini’s mosque has been host to celebrations of Hezbollah and a multitude of anti-Semitic speeches.
Pope Benedict, you should be shunning Imam Qazwini, NOT welcoming him. It’s a sad week at the Vatican.

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15 Responses

Hi Debbie,
I can appreciate how you feel about Qazwini appearing at the Vatican. Fairly stomache turning stuff.
But like it or not, Pope Benedict has certain responsibilities as head of the Catholic Church which involve `dialoguing’ with folks like Qazwini.
At least Benedict ain’t kissing Qu’rans like his predecessor.
As a matter o’fact, if you look at who the last Pope Benedict was and reflect that Cardinal Ratzinger chose the name Benedict himself, I think it’s obvious..at least so far..that he’s under no illusions regarding radical Islam: J O S H U A P U N D I T: Vatican to Muslims `Practice what you preach’
As for Granholm..well,not much to say, is there.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of Republicans (like our president) who appear to be Islamogroupies as well. We just have to keep on fighting and outting these people. I spent the morning e-mailing congressmen about Portgate and the fact that Dubai Ports World is in violation of US law.
Take care…

Freedom Fighter on February 28, 2006 at 5:22 pm

How do you take someone seriously who has ass and weenie in his name?

code7 on February 28, 2006 at 8:59 pm

When the bastards come for me I will take a few with me. I have firearms and know how to use them
! What we really need is a new Meir Kahana! Sabras rule because they know fascists are bad and should be dead; and know how to kill them!
Why has Bush been siding with the Fascists the last 14 months? OY!

Rod on February 28, 2006 at 11:20 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading your column and agree with much of what you write, but your comment that the Pope made a mistake offended me, as a Catholic, especially since you aren’t privvy to the exact content of their meeting. Nothing else seems to be working with these people, why shoudn’t the Pope try? The problem is that with non-Catholics, if the Pope tries to intercede, he’s criticized, and if he doesn’t he’s criticized. I’ve spent half my life listening to criticism of the Vatican for the Catholic church not doing enough to stop Hitler during WWII, and now you’re criticizing the Vatican for trying to put an end to the violence of these extremists?

mamakat on March 1, 2006 at 8:54 am

Well, as a Catholic, and at this beginning of Lent, I’m not offended, but rather disappointed.
If the Pope were to refuse to see anyone who is a notorious public sinner, that would sort of void most of his job, wouldn’t it?
I’m sure that Debbie criticized him in good faith, through the prism that any non-Catholic might–for Catholics have to live their religion: It is not merely a social club or even a hairshirt (most Prots and observant Jews) or simply an nationalist identity (most radical Muslims).
And, as the greatest Jew of all time warned, the world will hate us.

Red Ryder on March 1, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Missed me lovergirl???
In a sanitized version of the church’s role in the Shoah: http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761559508/Holocaust.html WHY are you surprized that the Vatican is PRO terrorism???!!!! In *The Brothers Karamazov* Dostoevsky revealed the ONE commandment that EVERYone have historically been able to follow—Love thy neighbour but HATE the Jews—so is it any wonder that the church i told *non serviam* to is NOW sleeping with the enemy?
WAKE UP!!! my sweet little yenta…GW’s PRO[?]-Israeli stance is based on the eventual DESTRUCTION of Israel as stated in Revelations.

EminemsRevenge on March 1, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Sigh..
Now a posting from someone who can’t even spell, and refers to Revelation as “Revelations.”
Didn’t take too long to demonstrate that bit about how the world hates us, did it?

Red Ryder on March 1, 2006 at 12:44 pm

I thought after his meeting with Orianna Fallaci the Pope had a better picture of Islam. To invite this jihadist to the Vatican is disappointing. All this dialogue, schmialogue – don’t they understand dialogue is just another form of deception by Islamists. Apparently not.

John Sobieski on March 1, 2006 at 12:48 pm

Yeah–the Church really needs Fallaci to tell it about Muslims.
Ever hear of the Crusades?

Red Ryder on March 1, 2006 at 12:50 pm

Battybwai Red Ryder—According to the *The Oxford Annotated Bible* “The Revelation to John” is a book which “comprises the substance of real visionS which repeat with kaleidoscopic variety certain principleS” and since both VISION and PRINCIPLE are in the plural form, i am NOT the only one in history that has referred to this apocryphal portion of the bible as THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS, but i’ll GIVE you that one.
Whilst i’m sure you’re now masturbating to MY use of the spiritually poetic “i” instead of the gramatically correct “I,” i’m NOW lmao @ your limited AmeriKKKlan grasp of the ENGLISH language.

EminemsRevenge on March 1, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Could someone please translate EninemsRevenge’s rantings for me? I honestly have no idea what he is talking about.

Concerned Conservative on March 1, 2006 at 4:00 pm

You can find out all you need to know about EminemsRevenge by clicking on the link to his website.
Drug abuse is a terrible thing.

Red Ryder on March 1, 2006 at 6:20 pm

Outsiders are not likely to understand the role of Pope. They knew who the Pope is, but not what he is. ThatÔø?s the basic failure of Protestant exegesis and now that of present-day Evangelicals. Not understanding the parables of Jesus, the Protestants reduced the parables to mere moral teachings. They missed the all the theology. The PopeÔø?s’ primary concern is Christological in nature.
DonÔø?t worry though, the Pope, like the rest of the world knows that radical Muslims are basically uneducated, brainwashed thugs who have a long way to go, just to crawl out of the basement Ôø?and join the rest of humanity.
Correction Debbie on this point: Ôø?For that alone, aside from his position Ôø?as a leaderÔø? of the Christian faith, he has my utmost respect.Ôø?
He is not Ôø?a leaderÔø? but THE leader of the Christian Faith.
In Matthew 16:19 Peter is given the Ôø?keys of the kingdom of Heaven.Ôø? But in this act Jesus is harkening back to Isaiah 22:22 Ôø?where the wicked Shebna, the old prime minister is being deposed, and thrown away. And a new prime minister, Eliakim, is being installed into his office.
And look there he is, still in place, right there in Rome~
Oh and EminemsRevengeÔø? the Book of Revelation HAS ALREADY unfolded and been fulfilled. Of course, there are a lot of Evangelicals who make a mess of the text, as they interpret pulling everything out of context…but just so YOU know.

The Canadien on March 2, 2006 at 8:45 am

The Canadien is a real Catholic, folks.
Don’t see too many of them anymore. Thanks for the posting.

Red Ryder on March 2, 2006 at 8:57 am

Ah yes;a return to yesteryear when the leaders of The US,Israel and “The Palestinians” stood on the
White House Lawn after the cave in to the Islamic mantra “who are you to decide who represent us?”And the “leader of the free world”answered,”Ah
did not do Ms.Lewinsky.”

jaywilton on March 2, 2006 at 6:04 pm

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