Below is the press release I sent out this morning that garnered the interview. Let me know what you think!
Post Office Box 221
Lone Rock, WI 53556
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 9th
Islamic Studies Expert: U.S. Should Apologize to Muslims, Build Mega-Mosque AT Ground Zero...at Taxpayer Expense!
Lone Rock, WI - 2010 - Author and Islamic Studies expert Dr. Kevin Barrett is no stranger to controversy. He has been pilloried as a "nut" by Sean Hannity, drawn a death fatwa from Bill O'Reilly, and taken on sixty Republican state legislators who wanted him fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin. His latest proposal--that the US government should build the world's tallest mosque at Ground Zero as an apology to Muslims for falsely blaming them for 9/11--is unlikely to quiet his detractors.
In an open letter to President Obama, copied to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other New York officials, Dr. Barrett argues that the U.S. government is guilty of "genocide" against the Muslims of Iraq, Palestine, and (arguably) Afghanistan. Additionally, Dr. Barrett argues that U.S. officials are also "guilty of unconstitutionally waging war against the religion of Islam." These crimes, Dr. Barrett asserts, were triggered by what he calls "the 9/11 false-flag attacks (which were) designed and carried out by enemies of Islam and falsely blamed on Muslims."
The U.S. should offer repentance and reparations for its crimes against Muslims, Dr. Barrett asserts, by covering the entire World Trade Center site with what would, if built, become the world's tallest mosque. "The new mosque should cover the entire World Trade Center property, and should feature twin minarets at least 700 feet tall," Barrett says. (Currently the world's tallest minaret is the 689 feet tower at the Grand Mosque of Casablanca, Morocco.) Barrett adds that the Ground Zero mega-mosque should be built at taxpayer expense. "This would not violate the Constitutional prohibition on showing favoritism to any particular religion," he explains, "because the U.S. government and the bankers who own it have already spent trillions attacking Islam. Giving back a few billion in the form of a great mosque at Ground Zero would be a minimal symbolic gesture towards setting things right." Dr. Barrett claims that since countries that did not perpetrate the Holocaust still pay Holocaust reparations to the Jewish state of Israel, any nation that has murdered millions of Muslims and waged a worldwide war against the religion of Islam obviously owes far greater reparations to Muslims.
Dr. Barrett says the gigantic new mosque at Ground Zero should include a "9/11 truth museum" documenting the evidence that 9/11 was carried out by American and Israeli insiders, not Muslims. The museum could include such artifacts as the laughably bogus "last will and testament of Mohammed Atta," pieces of airplane wreckage from earlier crashes that were planted at the alleged 9/11 crash sites, WTC structural steel samples showing melting and evaporation caused by explosives, videos and other objects seized from the Israeli Mossad team that filmed and celebrated their colleagues' destruction of the World Trade Center, unflattering wax figures of such 9/11 villains as Dick Cheney, Larry Silverstein, and Benjamin Netanyahu, and samples of nanothermite-laden World Trade Center dust.Dr. Barrett adds that the "truth museum" should also include displays honoring "the patriots of the 9/11 truth movement, who have selflessly sacrificed so much in the path of truth, justice, and the Constitution."
Neither President Obama nor Mayor Bloomberg has yet rejected Dr. Barrett's proposal.
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Kevin Barrett, a PhD Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America's best-known critics of the War on Terror. His new book Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters sold out its first print run in six months and is currently available in a new, revised edition.
Dr. Barrett is a co-editor of the book 9/11 and American Empire (Volume II) and author of Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007).
Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host. His website is http://www.truthjihad.com.