(CNN) – A national leader of the conservative Tea Party movement has been strongly criticized by Islamic civil rights leaders for referring to the proposed site of a New York City mosque as a place for Muslims to worship "the terrorists' monkey-god."If you want to call Allah a “monkey-God,” then that’s YHWH, my monkey-God, you’re disparaging. Which is fine; that’s your right. But don’t pretend you’ve got some sort of religious objectivity. Are they theologically different? Sure. But not historically – and I would doubt, ontologically. If Allah is a “terrorists’ monkey-god,” then it probably follows that YHWH is a “child molesters’ monkey-god.” And I don’t see any moral high ground there.
Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams blogged on his Web site last week that the mosque - to be constructed near the former site of the World Trade Center - would be a "monument ... for the worship of the terrorists' monkey-god and a 'cultural center' to propagandize for the extermination of all things not approved by their cult."
Williams, who also referred to "animals of Allah," was rebuked Thursday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group issued a release Wednesday calling on other Tea Party activists to repudiate Williams' remarks.
"It would be shocking if such ignorant comments failed to elicit a strong response not only from Tea Party leaders, but from other parties throughout the political spectrum," CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said.
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