Who is That Mosqued Man?
Remember back in April, when state Sen. Florence Shapiro invited Imam Yusuf Kavakci of the Dallas Central Mosque to throw out the opening pitch on the floor of the Texas Senate? And remember how mad it made some folks -- not least of all because the imam was praying on the senate floor on, like, the day before Easter? You forgot? C'mon -- it made Jihad Watch. (Funny thing -- I used to wear one of those in junior high, till I got a Swatch.)
Well, don't worry: The Lone Star Times has a long memory -- and today it wants to know why the mainstream media never gave Kavakci a hard time a few months back for his alleged ties to and support of controversial figures in the Muslim world. "We’re challenging the mainstream media of Texas to be as tough with Imam Kavakci as they’d be with Dick Cheney," writes the site today, in advance of the Islamic Society of North America South Central Regional Conference, scheduled to take place Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria. The LST peeps are issuing alleged Kavakci-penned fatwas of the day till then; "gotta drive traffic any way we can," they write. Us, we're considering video games, porn and free cotton candy. Good thing the LST readers are getting Rod Dreher on the horn, pronto. --Robert Wilonsky