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Controversial Imam Admits to Writing Obama's Cairo Speech

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist A new audio tape has surfaced on which the Imam of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque reveals that he provided President Barack Obama with the so-called "blueprint" of a solution to the Islamic-American divide which served as the basis for the president's 2009 Cairo speech. WEBTODAY is reporting that the Shoebat Foundation obtained a Feb. 5, 2010 recording of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in which he is heard boasting in Arabic about how his work served as the construct for the entire speech.  “This is an example of the impact of our work in a positive way to be used by the President,” Rauf says. He goes on to explain that the Obama speech used the sixth chapter in Rauf's book, A New View of Muslims and the West, to craft the historic Cairo speech. "In the book, chapter six, I wrote about this blue print as to what has to be done by the U.S. government, what has to be done by the Jewish community, what has to be done by the Christian community, what has to be done by the Muslim community, what has to be done by educators, what has to be done by the media. For example, in my book in the Arabic version, page 293, what did I write? What are the things that the United States needs to do. If you examine this chapter, you will find that the Obama speech was all taken from this section." This admission was later collaborated in a written interview with Hani Al-Waziri of Egypt where Rauf was questioned about Obama's Cairo speech. “The speech was wonderful and wise in his choice of words," Rauf said. "The Prime Minister of Malaysia after the speech disclosed to me that it is now easy for any president of a Muslim country to establish good relations with America, and I am not going to hide from you that one of those who participated in writing the speech, transferred entire parts of my book A New View of Muslims and the West . . . " Rauf did not disclose the name of the speechwriter who used the work. During the same interview, Rauf revealed his plans for establishing an “American Style Islam” in the U.S. He would do this by using flexibility and molding Islam to become palatable to the American culture while preserving the integrity of Islamic ideology: “If we look how Islam was spread from Hijaz (Arabia) to Morocco then Turkey, we note that Islam was shaped by the culture and society, hence showing a Muslim version of the architecture and culture and the arts, but with preservation of the framework of belief and worship. We need to provide a GLOBAL ISLAM in accordance with the nature of each society.” He also boasted about his plans for the mosque near Ground Zero, which he called “an icon that will make Muslims proud, not only locally but globally.” © All Rights Reserved, Living His Life Abundantly®/Women of Grace®