"Qayyoom stood in front of the NYPD's downtown headquarters Monday to throw his support behind the police.
"A real Muslim has no problem with spying if it is to keep us safe," said Qayyoom, who leads about 100 people in prayer each week at the Queens mosque. "We have nothing to hide."
He joined a coalition of about two-dozen Muslims, most representing organizations outside New York, who gathered in the city to rally in support of the NYPD's surveillance program, which has resonated far beyond New York as civil rights groups and politicians across the country have taken sides with some calling for federal and state investigations of the department.
Standing in front of a large red, white and blue banner that read "American Muslims Support NYPD" with signs denouncing the Council on American Islamic-Relations and the New York Times editorial board, which have strongly opposed the surveillance program, members of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition took turns voicing their concerns."What's awesome, and hilarious, in the reaction of some of the anti-surveillance voices on the HP:
The exact same reactions us pro-Israel people have when Jews come out and bash Israel! But I guess "self-hating Jew" is just "hasbara" talk for "silencing dissent" but "self-hating Muslim" is perfectly acceptable.
The irony is delicious.