The New York Times has a cover story in the, get this, "Fashion and Style" section on Daisy (nee Farhat) Khan. Anne Barnard contributed to Michael Grynbaum's silly puff piece. You will recall that Barnard was a writer on the Times Geller hit piece here. Do check the difference in tone covering the Con and the Geller.
Daisy Khan, an Eloquent Face of Islam Fashion and Style Section (if she is fashion, I am the Pope).
Pamela Geller, Outraged, and Outrageous Metro Section.
The language of morality is in such grave disorder that Khan is fawned over. Her achievement — a proposal to erect a 15-story mega-mosque in a building destroyed by the Muslim terror attacks of 911 that slaughterred thousands of Americans in the name of jihad.
I, on the other hand, "wage a form of holy war through Atlas Shrugs, a Web site that attacks Islam" with "venomous rhetoric," according to the Times. My crime? I oppose the Ground Zero mosque.
The New Tork Times con job on Khan begins with this: (hat tip Rajan)
DAISY KHAN had never seen so many Jews in her life.
The year was 1974, and Ms. Khan, an awkward, artistic 16-year-old who had just emigrated from India to the suburban Long Island enclave of Jericho, N.Y., was attending her first day of school in America.
It was not going well.
Her fellow students giggled at the newcomer with the dark skin, exotic accent and unfamiliar religion. Few Muslims, it seemed, had ever attended the mostly Jewish Jericho High School. When a teacher asked her to stand and introduce herself, the questions came fast: Did she ride a camel? Did she ride an elephant?
I kid you not. Daisy nee Farhat had never seen so many Jews in her life. Perhaps because she grew up in Kashmir. How many Jews are there in Kashmir? Muslims have no "tolerance" for Jews in Kashmir.
The Times kicks off by implying that the Jews were victimizing poor Farhat. The Times never addresses or mentions that Islam is the most antisemitic, genocidal ideology in the world. The Jews have suffered unspeakable barbarity and cruelty and humiliation at the hands of Muslim rulers, but The New York Times, instead, publishes, this antisemitic crap.
Wait. It gets better. The whole thing is such saccharine sweet propaganda — you almost feel embarassed for the reporters, so supine are they.
It is a role she now inhabits on a far larger scale. Since the summer, Ms. Khan, a former architectural designer, has emerged as an eloquent and indefatigable public face of the maelstrom surrounding Park51, the Islamic community center and mosque that she and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, are trying to build two blocks north of ground zero.
Daisy — "eloquent and indefatigable." Geller — "outraged and venomous."
You'll notice that the Times never mentions the actual name of the project, Cordoba, or that the Cordoba Initiaitive was rebranded Park51 when the public got wise to what Cordoba actually meant — Islamic conquest over the West.
A modern Muslim who prefers high fashion to the hijab, Ms. Khan has become a lightning rod for the anger of right-wing bloggers and commentators who consider the Islamic center an affront to the victims of Sept. 11, or worse.
Aw. She is cast as and plays the victim throughout the whole interview, which is jawdropping. Could the media be any more fawning, flattering and silly when covering the Khan?
But as the project became daily grist for news talk shows and a flash point in the midterm elections, Ms. Khan has transformed herself from an obscure leader in the nonprofit world into a fierce spokeswoman, passionately defending the project and, inevitably, finding herself cast as the voice of moderate Islam.
What is moderate about a 15-story Ground Zero mega mosque (with crashing Jewish stars, crosses and pentagons on its exterior)? And note, she is "fierce" "passionate!" Geller is, once again, "outraged and venomous."
She gained a reputation as a bridge builder. In January 2002, the group held an exhibition of works by Muslim artists to commemorate Sept. 11. A “bread-fest” in 2003 at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue brought together dozens of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders. A 2006 conference in Copenhagen culminated in a face-to-face meeting between conservative Muslim leaders and Flemming Rose, the Danish newspaper editor who published the cartoons depicting Muhammad that set off a worldwide controversy.
The couple’s reputation grew. Ms. Khan quit her corporate job to focus on nonprofit work, and the couple appeared more frequently on television specials about a new brand of moderate Islam. Ms. Khan was asked to join an advisory panel on education for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Look who is on the panel for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
But she and her husband did not anticipate the enormous controversy that would ensue, she said. Or the personal stress.
No controversy? Did they think Americans would lie down for this? As for Rauf, he is always hiding behind her skirts. No mention that Daisy nee Farhat is his third wife (or if he has actually divorced the other two). Nor did Barnard ask Daisy nee Farhat about her "polygamy initiatives." Where's the journalism?
The proposal has brought death threats; these days, she barely sees her husband and has had trouble sleeping. “There are some days I am afraid to turn on the TV,” she said.
But, but but the Times was just extolling Khan as "she parries with news anchors like Christiane Amanpour, on the ABC News program 'This Week.'” The media snow job couldn't be more of a blizzard of love — but Daisy nee Farhat is losing sleep. Hey Daze, drop the mosque and watch the outpouring of love from the infidels. But it's not the infidels whose love she seeks.
As for death threats, chew on this, whiner.
Joyce Dubensky, who has worked with the couple as head of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, said that Ms. Khan was “visibly shaken” when she saw her at a function earlier this year.
Visibly shaken. What asshattery. Always they use the Jew for the beard (for cover).
“She said, ‘Joyce, I can’t believe what they’re saying, and that they’re coming after us,’ ” Ms. Dubensky recalled. “ ‘If we can’t build an interfaith community center, who can?’ ”
She can't believe "they're coming after us."
Anyone can build an "interfaith" community center, but not a mega-mosque at Ground Zero. You'll notice "interfaith" goes only one way. Dawah (proselytizing) or supremacist scolding.
Asked about the recent stress, Ms. Khan, a loquacious speaker, paused and stared into the distance. Then her smile and upbeat tone returned. “I believe this affliction, even though it has taken a personal toll on us, is going to result in something better for all of us.”
Affliction. Pathetic. Daisy Khan should get the Pamela Geller treatment for one day. That's a lesson she sorely needs.
Stop whining, bridge builder. And shame on the NY Times.
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