"Five years ago, the ADL honored me with its Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize," Zakaria writes in next week's Newsweek. "I was thrilled to get the award from an organization that I had long admired. But I cannot in good conscience keep it anymore. I have returned both the handsome plaque and the $10,000 honorarium that came with it. I urge the ADL to reverse its decision. Admitting an error is a small price to pay to regain a reputation."Hey, forget that this Imam recently helped fund the Gaza peace flotilla, he's a bridge-builder, dammit.
The real question is this--if Zakaria is right and this mosque represents the beginning of a Muslim reformation then it ought to become the biggest al Qaeda target on the planet. So we'll see how many fatwas flow. A nice big threat from Zawahiri or Shukrijumah--or nothing at all--might expose the real truth.