On a day that our nation rallies around our wounded veterans and heroes, the city of New York did the unthinkable when they invited a radical Islamist to give a 'short' prayer.
I attended the 2014 NYC Veterans Day parade yesterday and was one of the few who was at the VIP opening ceremony. Before the celebrations kicked off, the traditional prayers were given.
They started with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who began speaking in Arabic, after I noticed how long he was allegedly 'praying' in Arabic I decided it was time to film. He ended up switching back to English just as I began filming. I could see the shocked looks on people's faces as we were witnessing a major disgrace to our veterans.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the imam who is part of the controversial Mosque that is being constructed at Ground Zero, so I wasn't surprised that he disrespected us in such a way. But who would invite this radical to speak to our veterans and why? We saw no Jewish rabbis giving prayers, just a Muslim and Christian. Political correctness, or clear shot at our military?
Was it Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer who invited him or was this the work of a liberal in the New York City mayors office?
Us wounded warriors have no problem with a short prayer, however, this guy was preaching to us about Islam. He spoke over four minutes long, to a large group of wounded warriors, gold star families who lost a son or daughter in war and other vets. No one around me was happy about this, and people were quietly chatting about how ridiculous that display of disrespect was.
Following the imam's proselytizing, a Christian chaplain gave a prayer that lasted 10 seconds long, and was a blessing to us vets, not an Islamic indoctrination at the hands of the politically correct New York City politicians.
Brian Kolfage retired from the Air Force after being severely wounded in Iraq and is a 2014 graduate of the University of Arizona's school of Architecture. Contact Brian at BrianKolfagejr@gmail.com, Wounded American warrior or at Brian Kolfage
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