May 5th, 2011
Aaron Klein, WND.com
President Obama’s faith adviser, Eboo Patel, blasted what he called the
“myths” of America – describing them as beliefs that the country is “a land of
freedom and equality and justice.”
Patel explained how he used the “faith-based movement” to channel his rage at
America “in a direction far more compassionate and far more merciful.”
Patel, a Muslim activist from Chicago, further implied that had he grown up
in the 1960s, he may have joined the Weather Underground terrorist group led by
Like Obama, Patel is deeply tied to Ayers, WND has learned.
In February 2010, Obama named Patel to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based
and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Patel is the founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth
Core, which says it promotes pluralism by teaming people of different faiths on
In a 2007
interview with NPR to promote a book he wrote that year, Patel was asked
about his “affinity” toward the radicalism of Ayers, as described in the
Patel replied that his own life story “is much closer to Bill Ayers,”
explaining he “grew up in the same hometown” that Ayers did.
Continued Patel: “I was kind of taught the same myths about America, a land
of freedom and equality and justice, et cetera, et cetera.”
“And then, when I got to college, I saw people eating out of garbage cans for
dinner, and I saw Vietnam vets drinking mouthwash for the alcohol, and I thought
to myself, this is not the myth that I grew up with. And, in a way, I was so, I
think, immature at that time politically, that all I could do was rage.”
Patel explained how he used religion to channel his rage toward America:
“And it was a faith-based movement that came into my life that kind of
directed that rage in a direction far more compassionate and far more
Obama’s faith adviser went on to say how he may have joined Ayers’ terrorist
group if he was around as an activist in the 1960s.
“One of the things that I write about in this book is, you know, had it been
one of the people involved in the Weather Underground, who were sitting at my
kitchen table when I was 18 years old and raging, my life could have been very
different,” he said.
“That I really thank God that it was a set of people who came into my life
with a very clear vision of justice. But a sense of justice emanating from
Patel has a much deeper relationship with Ayers than he admitted in the NPR
In 2005, he co-authored a book with Ayers’ adopted son, Chesa Boudin.
The book, Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out,
was co-written by several young radicals, including Ismail Khalidi, the son of
Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi.