Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick this week posted a video greeting for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in partnership with the mosque attended by the accused Boston Marathon bombers.
Patrick's message for the Eid al-Adha — the "festival of sacrifice" marking Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God and the close of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca — was organized with assistance from the Islamic Society of Boston, which TheBlaze TV recently examined on "For the Record":
For more than a decade, there was evidence that members of the mosque were being radicalized. Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, young brothers and ethnic Chechen immigrants who allegedly orchestrated the marathon bombings, weren’t the only terrorists who attended services at the Islamic center.
One member was Afia Siddiqui, known as “Lady Al Qaeda,” who was captured in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2008 with plans to target Americans in Afghanistan, as well as plans to target major landmarks in New York City. Tarek Mehanna, an American pharmacist living in the Boston area who attended the mosque, was also found guilty of providing material support to Al Qaeda. He is serving a 17 1/2-year prison sentence.
On its website, the Islamic Society of Boston said of Patrick's greeting: "We are excited to announce that over the past few weeks, the ISBCC, along with the Islamic Council of New England, worked with the Office of Governor Deval Patrick to produce the first-ever Eid ul-Adha video greeting for the Muslim community across Massachusetts."
Here's the governor's message, via his YouTube page:
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)