May 20th, 2010
01:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Islamic leaders decry Tea Party reference to Muslim 'monkey-god'

(CNN) – A national leader of the conservative Tea Party movement has been strongly criticized by Islamic civil rights leaders for referring to the proposed site of a New York City mosque as a place for Muslims to worship "the terrorists' monkey-god."

Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams blogged on his Web site last week that the mosque - to be constructed near the former site of the World Trade Center - would be a "monument ... for the worship of the terrorists' monkey-god and a 'cultural center' to propagandize for the extermination of all things not approved by their cult."

Williams, who also referred to "animals of Allah," was rebuked Thursday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group issued a release Wednesday calling on other Tea Party activists to repudiate Williams' remarks.

"It would be shocking if such ignorant comments failed to elicit a strong response not only from Tea Party leaders, but from other parties throughout the political spectrum," CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said.

For his part, Williams was unapologetic toward Muslims.

"In the course of the article I described the 'god' worshiped by terrorists as 'a monkey god,'" he wrote on his Web site. "I was wrong and that
was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God."

Hanuman is known to followers of the Hindu faith as a symbol of strength and devotion, among other things.

Hanuman "is known as a destroyer of evil and to inspire and liberate," Williams said. "Those are hardly the traits of whatever ... it is that terrorists worship and worthy of my respect and admiration not ridicule."

The twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan were destroyed in an attack by al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001.

soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Islam is a religion of peace... and Muslims are willing to saw the heads off of nine-year-old girls to prove it.

    Islam need a reformation. Period.

    May 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Rani McBride

    Rand Paul and now this....does America need any more proof that the TEA PARTY is RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Angus McDugan

    Face it, the terrorists want a mosque built near Ground Zero so that they can show that they have conquered America. The attacked Ground Zero and will now occupy it. Just like an invading army takes territory then occupies it.

    Sad, sad, sad and supported by Obama.

    May 20, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Marlene

    Mark Williams is spouting the kind of hate rhetoric that this nation doesn't need. Not from any leader of a party, first, second or third party. Real leaders need to step forward and shame this type of hateful speech. Marlene in Mich

    May 20, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    The Republican Taliban should like in the mirror and see they act like monkeys themselves with those type of bigoted remarks.

    May 20, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Rising Comedy Star

    I nearly fell out of my chair; you have to admit that was funny. He should consider a career in standup.

    But seriously; you're an idiot and so are the "bafoons" that follow you.

    Hope you all got that monkey reference. :)

    May 20, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Tea Party is a cult!!! Free speech or not, this kind of rhetoric does not belong in our society. Then you wonder why people strap on suicide vest and want to kill Americans. Because of statements like these. I wouldn't doubt it if Al-Queda uses this reference as a propoganda tool.

    May 20, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    Muslims have terrorized millions of people around the world, killed thousands and gotten off scot free. Now they expect people to not have strong anti-muslim feelings and words?

    I suggest these "islamic leaders" focus their energy and words to stopping their fellow muslims from killing thousands of innocent people in the name of Islam.

    May 20, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. AEK

    This clown is NOT going to apologize for anything he says because this is the stuff he and his folk believe in. When they say they want to take their country back, they mean back in time a hundred years. Reasonable, intelligent people will not let that happen regardless of the fact that Sarah Palin and Chuck Norris will be driving the time machine.

    May 20, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Eric in Denver

    CAIR is irrelevant the only people that side with them are the liberal media and the left wing kooks.

    May 20, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. mo

    Now we know what kind of people are in Tea Party movement. Illiterates and ignorants.

    May 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    ah yes..... the t-p'rs are showing who they really are.

    racists, homophobes, pseudo-Christian nut-jobs.

    May 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Navy Vet

    The tea party candidates and leaders along with their republican co-horts don't know what to do when you fall in a hole.

    They all grabbed shovels and started digging and digging and digging. Then they top it off with having a celebration on how big the hole is.

    Amazing,

    May 20, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Get A Grip

    The last place a mosque should be built is anywhere even close to the 911 area.

    May 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. chad

    rand paul, sarah palin, now tis guy. the tea party is going nowhere fast with people like these leading the way. kinda funny.

    May 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. cbc

    These Tea Party nuts are not real Americans – they are 'Americans In Name Only' – AINO's

    May 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    How can we have any nation building and world respect when we have idiots like Mark Williams running around talking like a wild man who is suppose to be civilized. Self serving ambition in people like Williams just brings out their total ignorance and I refuse to associate myself with ignorant people.

    May 20, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. ETM

    The teabaggers tell us they are not racist or bigoted. Well, they can demonstrate that by tossing this jerk out on his rear. Let's see how quickly the teabaggers and their putative leaders, like Palin, DeMint, and Beck ydenounce this ugliest–or if they denounce it at all.

    May 20, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Dave

    Just more drivel from the Tea Baggers. I expect nothing more from these idiots. This is news?

    May 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Tim

    I guess there aren't qualifying criteria to be a leader in the Tea Baggers. I'm guessing their vetting process has maybe one question?

    May 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. lol

    The twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan were destroyed in an attack by al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001.

    wasn't really a necessary line, we know that already.

    as for the ignorant tea party guy, no in fact muslim's don't worship a "terrorist monkey god"

    in fact, islam is an abrahamic religion, the same as christianity and judaism. they are all 3.....worshipping the same god.

    jesus is in the qu'ran for heavens sakes. do these tea party people even read?

    May 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. MAD MAX TEXAN

    Surely this is not going to be allowed to happen. ISLAMIC. Sounds like a Devil's word does it not. No monument or Mosque should ever be allowed in America. I condemn all Muslims. WAKE UP AMERICA THESE PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE INFIDELS. THAT MEANS THEY DON"T EVEN CONSIDER YOU AS HUMAN. THEREFORE THEY WILL SPIT ON YOUR HEAD AFTER IT IS BEHEADED FROM YOUR BODIES. IT IS TIME TO TAKE A STAND. OBAMA,, ILLEGALS AND OBAMA'S SUPPORTERS MUST GO.

    May 20, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. nick

    i don't care for tea party much, but this is probably the most honest, politically incorrect assessment. let them go back to the middle east if they don't like what he's saying. the same way they want to exercise their rights and build a mosque at ground zero, the same way he can exercise his right to free speech. i live in nyc. i don't want that mosque there. but as a christian, we don't blow things up we don't like. Jesus wouldn't do that. The koran teaches murder.

    May 20, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. cwalk

    republicans are scared of the tea party.some one need to step up and say wrong is wrong.

    May 20, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Caldudenore

    I thought the TPM was about fiscal responsibility. Sadly, what began as a positive movement has become a hotbed of racial and religious intolerance.

    May 20, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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