Read the article. I see no problem with what he said - WTC 7 was only subjected to fire, not plane impact, so his quote is still valid in that regard. The quote from Mayor Bloomberg's spokesman caught my attention...
"The remarks were offensive and the mayor is satisfied that the chaplain has resigned," he said.
I fail to see how his comments were "offensive" in any way. He believes the perpetrators of the crime were not the official "19 hijackers", but possibly other parties. That is not meant to "offend" anybody - and shouldn't be taken with that intent. Furthermore, who is he "offending" with his remarks, anyway? The Mayor's spokesman makes no mention of that, either. Since when is someone questioning the government account of something a no-no?
Read the article. I see no problem with what he said - WTC 7 was only subjected to fire, not plane impact, so his quote is still valid in that regard.
But he's not talking about WTC 7.
Imam Intikab Habib, 30, told a New York newspaper he doubted al-Qaeda hijackers alone caused the Twin Towers' collapse, and suggested there was a conspiracy.
Furthermore, who is he "offending" with his remarks, anyway? The Mayor's spokesman makes no mention of that, either.
Nit-pick. It appears to me that the FDNY is offended. The imam in question was the Muslim chaplain for the FDNY.
Since when is someone questioning the government account of something a no-no?
Since when has it been a yes-yes to question something that is already fairly-well established, having nothing to offer in its place except disbelief?
Mr Habib, who trained in Islamic law in Saudi Arabia, offered no theories on who else might have been involved and described the attacks as tragic.
And since Mr. Habib is not just a regular private citizen, but an employee of the government, with special duties involving a segment of government employees hardest hit by 9/11, I think the playing field is a bit different than you imagine. I do not see that Habib's opinion is being silenced. It is merely incompatible with his desire to work for the city of New York in a compassionate capacity.
I've heard professionals say that nowhere ever in history did a steel building come down with fire alone"
would not be offensive (or at the very least inappropriately contentious) if it could be backed up by something that didn't sound like it had come from his favourite conspiracy bulletin board. You can hear 'demolition charges' just echoing faintly in the background...