Watch as Mayor Menino joyously speaks at the ribbon cutting for ‘Menino’s Mosque,’ which is the same mosque attended by the Tsarnaevs. Why shouldn’t he celebrate? He gave them $1.8 million of our money to build it…
By Michael Graham
As soon as we learned the identity of the two Boston Marathon bombers, I wondered “Did they attend Menino’s Mosque?”
If you’ve never heard of it, “Menino’s Mosque” is the cultural center built by the Islamic Society of Boston using city/taxpayer resources–namely $2 million of city land donated to the mosque for just $175,000. How does that happen? It doesn’t hurt when the representative of the city and taxpayers is also a board member of the Islamic Society of Boston.
I’ve been writing, talking and complaining about this taxpayer-funded violation of the First Amendment since 2006. It was then that the ISB sent me a subpoena demanding my emails, phone records and show notes related to my on-air conversations about this scam.
Now we find out that, yes, the bombers did attend ISB services at their Cambridge location:
I told them to “Kiss My Burkha,” and that was that.
'The Islamic Society of Boston, attended by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, recently hosted a book event featuring a journalist who has been highly critical of the U.S. and U.K. “War on Terror,” which she described as a “war against Islam.”
The Islamic Society of Boston also encouraged its members to show their “support of the forgotten women of the War on Terror.”
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based mosque and its satellite cultural center — which announced its indefinite closing Friday in light of “the terrible and sad events of last night, the criminal of the bombings on the loose, and the strong recommendations of our Governor” — hosted a book signing and “Meet the Author” event April 6 with British journalist and former Guardian editor Victoria Brittain, who discussed her book “Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror.”
That rhetoric is typical of the ISB, where parishioners are given Koranic teachings by radicals like Al-Qaradawi (the first major imam to call for women to join the suicide bombing movement). But even they found Tamerlan Tsarnaev a bit much to take:
'At the Cambridge mosque near where the bombing suspects lived, two worshipers who showed up for Saturday’s prayer service recalled seeing both men.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of the mosque — the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center — about three months ago, after he stood up and shouted at the imam during a Friday prayer service, they said. The imam had held up slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as an example of a man to emulate, recalled one worshiper who would give his name only as Muhammad.
Enraged, Tamerlan stood up and began shouting, Muhammad said.
“You cannot mention this guy because he’s not a Muslim!” Muhammad recalled Tamerlan shouting, shocking others in attendance.
“He’s crazy to me,” Muhammad said. “He had an anger inside.… I can’t explain what was in his mind.”
Tamerlan was then kicked out of the prayer service for his outburst, Muhammad recalled. “You can’t do that,” Muhammad said of shouting at the imam.
Still, Tamerlan returned to Friday prayer services and had no further outbursts, Muhammad said.'
The Tsarnaev family back in Russia insist that their sons were radicalized in America, not in the Caucasus. Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations points out the similarities between the Boston bombings and the 7/7 attacks in London, and we know those terrorists were radicalized in the West.
What does this prove? Nothing. But if the Islamists who helped poison the minds of these young men were people they met through a taxpayer-funded mosque in Massachusetts, that would be a tragic and painful irony.
UPDATE: Oh, and keep in mind as you read all of this, Gov. Deval Patrick still has “no idea” what motivated these “two fellows.”
On the one hand:
‘Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.’
- Mayor Mumbles Menino, 20 July 2012
On the other hand:
‘Its sister mosque in Boston, known as the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (a/k/a Mumbles Menino’s Mosque), has invited guests who have defended terrorism suspects. A former trustee appears in a series of videos in which he advocates treating gays as criminals, says husbands should sometimes beat their wives and calls on Allah (God) to kill Zionists and Jews, according to Americans for Peace and Tolerance, an interfaith group that has investigated the mosques…’
- Oren Dorell, Mosque That Boston Suspects Attended Has Radical Ties, USA Today, 24 April 2013