Is it Confusion

Iranian born writer Reza Aslan, on Meet the Press this morning, makes the argument that Americans are making a mistake in mingling al Qaeda and Islam.

I mean, what I'd like to know from, not just the former mayor but from, you know, the people who, who keep talking about this Islamic community center, is that what is it that this multifaith, multistoried community center being led by an American imam that two presidents, Republican and Democrat, have used as a--as an ambassador to the Muslim world, cultural ambassador to the Muslim world, what does that have to do with al-Qaeda? 

The answer is kind of simple, actually:  Islam.  But let's call a spade a spade for a moment.  If you are painting 1.5 billion people with the same brush of violence and, and, and extremism, you're a bigot.  And I think what's, what's disturbing is the way that that's become part of the, the, the natural discourse now.

My feeling is that if Americans want to open mosques - funding and staffing them with Americans, then I'm not concerned. Given that mosques are used as conduits through which terror channels are nurtured, it is a dereliction of duty for our elected officials to allow the construction of mosques funded through sources with terror ties, or to allow Imams to come in from such countries to run them.