A Muslim convert who attended the same mosque as the Muslim convert who beheaded a woman in Oklahoma told Megyn Kelly on Wednesday that mosque leaders kept their real views about Islamist terrorism behind closed doors.
After the Sept. 25 crime, mosque leaders told reporters the killer, Alton Nolen, had been a fairly recent convert who was known to behave oddly and that his views did not represent Islam.
But the Muslim convert who appeared on “The Kelly File” with his face obscured and under the pseudonym “Noor,” told Kelly mosque leaders habitually told non-Islamic neighbors one thing, while talking differently among themselves.
“[T]o the public, the mosque will not promote terrorism or any kind of radical acts,” the man told Kelly. “But when they’re among friends and congregants only, they will promote the true teachings of Islam, which include the offer to non-Muslims – the choice rather — that you must convert, live under Islamic rule, or be fought against.
“Jihad, for the sake of Allah.”
Now, every society of humans speaks differently in public than its members do among themselves. Men without women present talk differently than in mixed company – newspaper people talk differently in newsrooms than they do in public. Everyone talks differently to the people they know from the bar than the people they meet in church.
But this kind of thing is different.
According to Noor’s story, one of the things prayed for in the mosque of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, was the success of Muslim fighters in Iraq against American soldiers.
Two of the men he met there told him that if they had met Osama bin Laden before his death, they would invite him into their home and protect him as “brother Muslim.”
One of its leaders was Suhaid Webb, an imam of the Islamic Society of Boston, the mosque attended by Boston marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev.
Clearly, guys like this are saying more than “can’t we all just get along?”
It might help if the mosque had provided a spokesman for Kelly’s show to rebut Noor’s story, but one wasn’t available. A spokesman told a Kelly representative on camera that the mosque wasn’t interested in talking to anyone.
In public anyway.
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