OUTRAGE – Muslims Plan a Mosque at Ground Zero

 

 

 

 

 

by Diane Rufino

I don’t know about you, but when I watch the footage of 9/11, I can remember it all just as clearly as the very day the carnage and destruction actually occurred.  We lost our innocence and naiveté, and without a doubt, our way of life has changed.  We can no longer look thru rose-colored glasses and see the best in people.  We can’t assume that all people want the best for their children and strive for a better tomorrow.

On 9/11, it wasn’t a nation that sent troops to attack us and to declare war.  There wasn’t any international situation brewing that could have alerted us to this massive attack.  There was no conventional “etiquette” of war to signal we were in danger or to allow us the civilized courtesy to mobilize our troops.  Military personnel, wearing uniforms and trained for combat, were not the ones attacked that day.

Our attackers were cowards   Heinously cruel cowards.  And it was the most innocent of civilians who were targeted….  those going about the simple routines of their very lives, riding in planes, going to work, visiting their spouses and families. And they were killed in the most savage and unimaginable way.  Most of them went to their deaths not even knowing why their lives were so dispensable.

It wasn’t a nation that claimed our innocence.  It was an ideology.  A corrupt ideology.  An ideology of hated, death, and domination.  An ideology that has become more radical and murderous over the years.  It was an ideology that has taken away the very character of this country that has defined her for hundreds of years.  We have always been safe within our shores; we have always been an open society, secure in our freedom and way of life to go about our days without worrying for our safety and the safety of the children we send on their way each morning. We are not like the Middle East or the Balkan region, or Africa.  Now all that is changed.

Keep vigil and keep 9/11 in your hearts.  Keep the memory of those great people who died in your hearts and minds.  Remind yourself of the bravery of a plane full of ordinary Americans who wrestled control of hijacked flight 93 from the terrorists, knowing they were going to crash and die, simply to prevent any further destruction and loss of life in the US capitol.  Keep the pictures in your minds of those brave firemen, policemen, and clergy who ran to the scenes to save lives, putting their own safety aside. Remember the faces of those who climbed up the stairs of the burning buildings looking for anyone at all they could possible rescue and return to their families.  Almost 400 rescue workers so selflessly gave their lives that day.  Always remember the amazing outpouring of humanity on that day.

More than anything, remember this:  The brutal attacks of 9/11 define the terrorists and the Islamic radicals.  The response by ordinary citizens on that day define America.

What we take from that brutal attack on that beautiful bright sunny morning is what is very important. How it touches us is what matters now.  How we go forward to respect the deeds of ordinary Americans that day – the outpouring of genuine care and humanity for our injured and dying – will determine how we keep their memory alive and their spirit in our heart. The firefighters, police officers, medics, priests, and so many others who ran towards the falling buildings to help rather than run away for safety did so irregardless of the ethnicity of the people in peril. They were fellow New Yorkers,…brothers and sisters. .

Whenever I see footage of the death and destruction of 9/11, I ache terribly inside. This is our country.  This is what THEY did to us. And then I’ll realize… They are STILL doing this to us. They are still TRYING to do this to us.  We haven’t won the War on Terrorism; we haven’t signed a Treaty of Surrender or any peace agreements.  So the war on terrorism continues. It isn’t over.  Only a fool would even suggest that.  We live in fear and have enjoyed a period of relative safety only by God’s good graces and a tough intelligence community.  But that doesn’t mean our enemies haven’t tried.  In November 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim, massacred 13 fellow US soldiers at Ft. Hood in Texas. Political correctness and tolerance to those who hate us allowed Nasan to infiltrate our military and target our men and women.  Hasan just happened to have worshipped at a mosque led by a radical imam who was a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on September 11.  On Christmas day 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian terrorist linked to al-Qaeda, attempted to ignite an incendiary device strapped to his leg on Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines Flight 253.  Although he was intent on killing hundreds of innocent people on a Christian holy day, it turned out (luckily) that he was about as competent as the “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid. He only succeeded in lighting his leg on fire and burning his penis. Abdulmutallab was quickly subdued after another passenger jumped on top of him.  The attempted bombing came just one month after his father warned U.S. officials of concerns about his son’s religious beliefs.  Additionally, a spokeswoman for the government acknowledged that there were “strong suggestions of a Yemen-al Qaida connection and an intent to blow up the plane over U.S. airspace.”

On May of this year, a likely terrorist attack was thwarted in New York’s Times Square on a busy Saturday night.  A potentially deadly car bomb was disabled after a T-shirt vendor and Vietnam War veteran alerted authorities after he saw smoke coming from the apparently abandoned vehicle.  This attempted attack, like so many other terrorist attacks, was committed by a known enemy, from a known terror network, using a known tactic. Given these similarities, we can be sure that our enemies continues to plot and seize opportunities to treat American soil as if it were Israel, Palestine or Pakistan, where explosives are a constant reminder of hate and the terrorist world they inhabit.

Sure our government has identified threats and prevented potential attacks, but we know of at least 3 attacks that would have killed thousands, BUT FOR either the incompetency of the terrorist or the good judgment of a civilian.  Relying on luck and kindness to our enemies is not a sound strategy.  Strong ideological differences and deep historical and religious roots prevent a strategy of peaceful coexistence and should reflect strongly on our view of “tolerance.”  Simply put, we can’t be foolish or unwise.

This is the country we must hand down to the greatest legacy in most our lives — our children and grandchildren.  If we love them, we will do the right thing and ensure an honorable and safe place to live.  We must never let them suffer the same fate as we did on 9/11.  We can never let them watch in utter helplessness as fellow Americans are burnt alive and murdered.

I mentioned above that the US was attacked because of a radical ideology.  A corrupt ideology.  An ideology of hated, death, and domination.  How could people hate so deeply? How could they murder so cruely?  It started with Islam, the religion embraced by Muslims. It is often called a “peaceful” religion.  It is not merely a religion but sometimes a way of living.

Now, I won’t profess to know much about the religion of Islam, but I will try to present a quick overview.  Islam was founded by Mohammed, a man born in AD 570 in Mecca. While praying in a cave, he claimed to have heard voices and was told it was Allah speaking to him. Muslims believe that Mohammed was the last and greatest prophet of Allah and the Qur’an is comprised of messages dictated directly by Allan to Mohammed. The religion of Islam is based on several articles of faith and is practiced according to core principles or disciplines known as “pillars.” (“The Five Pillars of Islam”).  The pillars include recitation of creed, regular prayer, charity, fasting during Ramadan, and pilgrimage to Mecca.  A sixth pillar is sometimes added. That would be “jihad” – which is the means by which those who are not Islam are brought to the religion. (The term means “exertion” or “struggle” on behalf of Allah).  Jihad may be achieved by peaceful persuasion or by force or “holy war.”

While Islam and Christianity share some degree of similarity, there are some critical differences.  Islam denies Jesus Christ as the Son of God or the Savior of the world. It denies that Jesus died for our transgressions or saves us from the eternal condemnation of sin.  In fact, Islam denies that man is a sinner by nature and in need of a Savior, as the Bible teaches.  According to Islam, man’s spiritual need is not for a savior but rather for guidance.  Acceptance by Allah is something that Muslims must earn by good deeds and obedience, in accordance with the “Five Pillars.”  Thus we see the fundamental difference –  while Muslims must spend their lives earning acceptance by Allah (for that is what they will be judged on in the afterlife – Allah will balance good deeds against bad deeds), Christians enjoy the sense of security that comes from the grace of God, through his son, and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The problem is that terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for violence and murder.  Most Muslim suicide bombers are in fact students of the Qur’an who are motivated by its violent commands.  Islamic fundamentalism indoctrinates suicide bombers and the like with the teaching that it is not how one lives one’s life that guarantees spiritual salvation, but how one dies. There are great advantages to becoming a martyr. Dying while fighting the infidels in the cause of Allah reserves a special place and honor in Paradise. Islam’s teachings state that any Muslim who fights for the cause of Allah and is assured his place in paradise which includes the pleasures of virgins (with big eyes and large breasts). It also earns special favor with Allah and brings honor to the family.

It is with this very long introduction that I discuss something that troubles me so deeply.  That is the planned mosque, the Cordoba House, at Ground Zero.  Cordoba House is a planned 13-story complex which will stand about two blocks away, on Park Place, from the site of the September 11th attacks in lower Manhattan. When completed, Cordoba House will include a 500-seat auditorium for conferences, exhibition spaces, bookstores, restaurants – and the mosque. The building currently at that site is a 5-floor building completed in 1858. It housed a department store until 9/11 when the landing gear of one of the doomed planes crashed through its roof.  The store never opened after that fateful day.  That is when the Muslim group stepped in to acquire the property and make plans to build Cordoba House.

In May of this year, a community board in Manhattan held a ‘symbolic’ vote on local plans to build that mosque near Ground Zero.  The members voted 29-to-1 in favor of the project.  It was a non-binding vote and only taken for the purposes of getting a barometer reading reflecting the sentiments of the lower Manhattan community.  There were those at the community board meeting in protest of the mosque. One protester called Cordoba House “a monument to the 9/11 hijackers.”   Another called the plan to build the mosque an “insult to the victims.”  And yet another said: “I have a problem with having a mosque built on top of the site where terrorists and Muslims gloated over what they did.”  Protesters argued that it would be insensitive to build just two blocks from spot where the Twin Towers once stood a place of worship to the same religion that 9/11 terrorists cite as their motivation for the attacks.  Muslim proponents of the mosque and several Islamic experts say a mosque near the 9/11 site would be a powerful political statement that Islam is here to stay in the US.

Al Santora, a retired New York City Deputy Fire Chief, was also in attendance. His son Christopher, who followed in his footsteps, was the youngest firefighter to die in the September 11 attacks.  He was only 23 years old. Mr. Santora expressed heartfelt concerns.  He told the board that the families of 9/11 victims regard the Ground Zero area as a cemetery – a sacred resting place for their sons and daughters. As he told them: “That is a burial ground. Victims’ remains were scattered for blocks.”  He acknowledged that those responsible for the attacks were a militant form of Islam but nevertheless believes that the mosque would represent to many some sort of religious or political conquest, especially with its location at Ground Zero.  Santora stated:  “The thing is so insensitive: To put a mosque within two blocks of Ground Zero is just ludicrous. Now, they try explain it away that it’s going to be a ‘cultural center,’ that it will have a swimming pool and have all sorts recreations, however, they will have a prayer room or a mosque within the building. The people making decisions about how Ground Zero should be developed and used are ignoring the feelings of the 9/11 families.  We have a stake in this that others didn’t have to pay.”

At one point, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the head of the Cordoba Institute, suggested that the site would help “bridge the great divide” between Muslims and the rest of America.  “After all,” he said, “we are Americans, we are Muslim Americans.  Many of us were born in the United States. We have no higher aspirations than to bring up our children in peace and harmony in this country.”   He continued with “Freedom of Assembly is the right of all Americans,” to which one protester shouted: “Not at Ground Zero.”  [Rauf is most insincere when he suggests the site will help bridge the gap. It would be the same if he argued for tolerance… The fact is that there are over 100 mosques already in the city].

Iman Rauf claims he is entitled to the same freedoms that we all enjoy; the ones our fathers and forefathers fought and died for.  But I’d like to offer Rauf some advice about freedoms and being American…  It’s not necessarily the liberties we have which makes us human, sometimes it’s about how we exercise them.

In an attempt to frustrate the plans, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) urged New York City officials to seek landmark status for the current building, which it has done.  The hearing was held on July 13 in Manhattan.  If granted such status, it is unlikely that the building could be demolished. Rather, it would be protected from development (the building would have to be repaired, to historical standards). The ACLJ, which is a Christian Legal group, is representing Tim Brown, a firefighter and first responder who survived the 9/11 attacks but lost nearly 100 friends in the tragedy. The ACLJ also represents thousands of Americans who signed on to the Committee to Stop the Ground Zero Mosque.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, who has been active in forcing an investigation into the funding of the mosque, testified in support of giving the building landmark status.  He said the fact that the building was struck by the plane’s landing gear after impact with the Twin Towers “makes it a place of deep historical significance and a reminder of just what happened on New York’s darkest day.”   Another attendee, Andrea Quinn, stated: “To deprive this building of landmark status is to allow for a citadel of Islamic supremacy to be erected in its place.”  [By the way, Iman Rauf continues to refuse to disclose where he is receiving his funding, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has publicly denounced all attempts to investigate him and his funding].

The city’s 11-member Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to vote later this summer on whether the building meets the standards of architectural, cultural and historic characteristics to qualify it for landmark status.

Should the request for landmark status be denied, I wonder if New York City officials could request the government come in and buy the land under its federal Eminent Domain power and dedicate it to all the firefighters who served selflessly to save lives that day or dedicate it as a learning center which would be dedicated to the memory and the education of Americans as to what happened that day.

On July 16, 2010 there was a rally in NYC.  A speaker started it off with these words:  “On Sept. 11, they declared war against us. And to celebrate that murder of 3,000 Americans, they want to build a monstrous 13-story mosque at Ground Zero.”

Sarah Palin used the opportunity to publicly comment about the plans for the mosque.  In fact, she tried to reach out to the Muslim community on behalf of the victims and their families.  She twittered: “Peace-seeking Muslims, please understand.  The Ground Zero mosque is unnecessary provocation.  It stabs hearts.  Please reject this mosque in the interest of healing.”   Mayor Bloomberg shot back directly, and told her to “mind your own business.”   Then an aide to Bloomberg followed up by shooting her an email calling her a “racist.”  Mayor Bloomberg makes no bones about taking a stand in favor of the mosque. He is pleased that his city is so diverse and the mosque is a way to show that quality.  (Maybe he would also embrace monuments to the Japanese and to the Vietnamese…  they also killed a lot of Americans).  As my friend Brent commented: “I don’t understand Mayor Bloomberg.  He wants to ban guns but won’t prevent dirty bombs.”

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich Wednesday also chimed in.  He joined several high-profile Republicans in condemning the mosque. Writing on his blog, he said:

“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

The proposed Cordoba House overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites.  For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term.  It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest.  It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.

Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca…   And they lecture us about tolerance…..

If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom.   They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign.

We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years.  Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

Finally where is the money coming from?  The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all their funding sources.

America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could. No mosque.

No self deception. No surrender.  The time to take a stand is now – at this site on this issue.”

This is not a case about constructing a religious facility in New York City.  This is about preserving a site at Ground Zero, the place where thousands of Americans were murdered and the general area where remains of the victims were scattered. To permit a mosque to be built on this site is not only offensive to many Americans – including family and friends of the 9-11 victims, it is simply the wrong and inconsiderate thing to do.  Building a mosque at Ground Zero is like building a monument to Hitler at Auschwitz.

I was born in North Jersey and lived there most of my life. My relatives came over from Italy and settled in the cities right across the Hudson from NYC.  The City was a regular stopping ground for me and the Towers were part of the landscape growing up.  I attended grad school at Columbia in the City.  When I was young, we used to sit in the parking lot in the Catholic Church in town and watch as the Twin Towers were being built. We would drive into the City, into lower Manhattan, wave to the Statue of Liberty, and pull in front of the Towers just to look up and be amazed at its height. My best friend’s father worked in one Tower and she would go visit him.  I was always afraid of heights so I would wait in the car or stand outside. It actually got to the point where I was even too afraid to look up.  It was from that same church parking lot that my friends watched as the towers burned and crumbled. The priest that we knew from church was at Ground Zero administering last rites and helping the injured when he was struck and killed by falling debris.

NYC and the Towers are part of my life. The police and firefighters there are a breed of Americans that are like no other.  Friendly and funny, all of them.  They are ready to serve and will do so with a smile and a kind word. When you walk by them while they are on duty, they greet you and say hello and tell you to be careful and have a nice day.  When you see them off duty, they are still ready to help you when you need it. When we talk about crime here in Greenville, I always joke (although with truth) that I have always felt safer in NYC than I do in North Carolina. Other transplants from up North feel the same way.

Ground Zero is sacred.  We all know that and feel that. To add insult to injury, the planned 13-story mosque will be headed by a religious leader, Iman Feisal Rauf, who reports indicate has a record of support for causes tied to terrorism.  He has reportedly helped finance the Gaza-bound flotilla that carried terrorists to attack Israel.  Imam Rauf wrote a book in 2004 entitled: “What’s Right With Islam is What’s Right With America: A New Vision for Muslims and the West.”  Basically, Rauf is devoted to bringing Sharia law to the US (a sign of fundamentalist leanings), continues to condemn the US for its international policy, demands that the US break its bond with Israel (oh, sounds like Obama has taken notice), blames the US for bringing all its problems upon itself, and refuses to denounce religious militantancy to achieve its goals and address its issues. Rauf wrote: “Religious militancy is not found uniquely within the Muslim community and that such militancy would be attenuated if the political issues fueling it were addressed”

I’ll never get over the hatred and complete disregard for basic human life that occurred on that day and that is still represented in the mindset of a group of extremists that continues to train and recruit.  We can never show tolerance or appease them. The more our country fractures because of our views on terrorism and how we should respond, the more it emboldens those who planned 9/11 and the more it satisfies them that they have set in motion a series of events that will allow them to claim victory.  As long as we continue to recognize evil and its organizations, and not tolerate any attempts to legitimize their evil ideology, this would at least give purpose to the lives that were lost on that day.

I am not advocating the denial of this mosque at Ground Zero because I want to deny their opportunity to practice their religion.  I am in support of fighting the establishment of the Cordoba mosque in this particular location for reasons totally unrelated to any religious right.  Ground Zero is sacred ground to me and to many of the people of NYC, and most especially to the first responders who lost hundreds of friends and partners. I think it is in poor taste to allow a mosque on this ground.  It is insensitive and would cause too much pain to too many people.  That’s my position on the mosque.

I understand that Muslims are generally a peaceful people, but my other problem with the mosque is the core principles that the religious leader of the mosque embraces.  Iman Rauf who wrote explicitly about his teachings, which include an endorsement of violence if the issues of the Muslim community are not properly addressed.  Sounds like latent terrorism to me.  I know we aren’t supposed to discriminate against any religion on account of its ‘message’ under our Constitution, but again I am talking about a mosque in this particular location. In this particular instance, in the interests of respect and decency and in honor of those who died, I think the mosque should be constructed somewhere else in NYC.  And if Muslims are truly respectful and sensitive to what happened on 9/11, and if they really want to show that they love this country, they won’t plan their mosque at Ground Zero and they won’t try to promote their message of “violence isn’t necessarily off the table” at the very site where violence on the part of Muslims claimed the lives of 3000 innocent Americans.  (Americans who warmly opened their NY and other communities to Muslims).

While there may have been isolated and quiet instances where Muslims condemned the attacks on us, the pictures that we saw on the news and in the international papers were overwhelmingly of celebrations all across Muslim lands.

Why is it that Americans always have to be the “sensitive” ones, ready to go out of their way to accommodate everyone else?  We were attacked on 9/11 and friends and family were taken from us in such a horrific way. We were attached by a group of Muslim extremists.  The Muslim group should be asked to show sensitivity in this instance. We have been tolerant and have allowed Muslims to quietly and seamlessly enter our society, and they should be tolerant and mindful of something that touches all of our hearts – the day 3000 innocent Americans were targeted by hate-filled Muslims simply because they represented a nation they hated.  Not only did we suffer the tragedy directly but then we turned on the news to watch Muslims all over the world rejoicing in the streets and celebrating in caves. It isn’t only the Muslim hijackers that we will always remember; it’s the reaction of the Muslim world in general to our pain.  No one would think of erecting a monument to Hitler at Auschwitz, right?  And as you noted on your ACLJ site, no one would think of resurrecting the USS Arizona from the depths at Pearl Harbor in order to erect a memorial for the Japanese Kamikazes killed in the surprise attack of U.S. troops.  Those in favor of the mosque (such as Stephen Prothero) claim it would speak to our commitment to religious tolerance.  But there is another fundamental trait we here in America (used to) embrace — respect. We respect pain and suffering and human tragedy.

So, I think in this instance, it just boils down to sensitivity.  I would fight for sensitivity equally if a Nazi group planned to march down the streets of a predominantly older Jewish community.  I know the group has its right to free speech and expression (after all, we protect the speech we like just as vigorously as we protect the speech that offends us), but I would think that sensitivity and honorable conduct would rule the day.

I don’t buy the arguments of political correctness and tolerance. Political correctness and tolerance are this country. It is destroying the heritage of this nation and fragmenting us.  Stephen Prothero, professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University, argues that officials should allow the Ground Zero mosque to be built because it shows the terrorists have not changed one of America’s core values – religious tolerance. In fact, he stated: ““I believe a small mosque ought to be integrated into the redesign of the World Trade Center site itself – a reminder in steel and stone that the United States is not at war either with Islam or with our core values.”  Methinks Prothero ate some fruit off the crazy tree.  (Maybe Prothero needs to go back and read the Bush Doctrine).

We can’t be fooled by the “tolerance” argument.  We are already seeing what is going on around the world.  Muslims intend to defeat us from within, by using our own tolerance and freedoms against us.  Iman Rauf tells us that himself, in his book.  He is dedicated to bringing Sharia law to the US.  He also refuses to denounce religious militancy as a means to address the issues of the Muslim community.  We cannot allow Islam to fight us from within by using our own laws against against us.  We are a Christian nation (but thanks to our “Wall of Separation” mentality and the ACLU, that probably isn’t apparent to them).

The United States built a battleship in honor of the events of 9/11 – the USS New York.  We were able to forge heavy steel into the largest of battleships in honor to the memory of our most inhumane tragedy yet we can’t respect the very site of the heinous massacre ?  The steel that was once twisted and weakened by the terrorists’ attack on 9/11 was re-forged into a vessel designed to hunt down and fight those responsible. The ship will always carry with it the memories of all those innocent Americans slaughtered on that day, including those first responders who selflessly put their own lives at risk to save our falling fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. It is a fitting and just dedication, and highly symbolic. The hope is that the twisted steel that once united us as a country in grief will once again unite us in determination to fight this enemy which silently and savagely plots our demise and rejoices at our grief.  It’s ironic that the ship’s motto is “Never Forget” when so many of our elected officials and fellow Americans have done just that… including Mayor Bloomberg and other officials.  How dare we claim to “Never Forget” when we can’t even dedicate Ground Zero properly and with true devotion to our fallen Americans.  How dare we claim “Never Forget” when CBS and NBC rejected an ad from the National Republican Trust PAC which would have interjected footage of the 9/11 attacks with the sounds of Muslim prayer. (It’s not like the PAC wanted to also interject the sounds of Muslims shooting off fireworks and cheering).  The site that the Muslims wish to establish a mosque is a site that was destroyed by the exploding aircraft, thereby bearing testimony to the carnage that day…   carnage that sent thousands of Muslims all over the world into gleeful celebration.

Every day we are reminded that evil exists.  We thought our brave men in service erased it when they fought and defeated the Nazis. But then on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh made a calculated decision to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City which housed a daycare facility, killing 168 (19 were children)  Then we witnessed something just as evil on 9/11.  In 2003, Arab-dominated factions slaughtered and otherwise committed genocide on as many as 400,000 members of non-Arab ethnic groups residing in the Darfur region of Sudan.  And as Obama stated in an interview in 2008, we see evil on our streets in just about every major city in the US.  Just ask the parents of slain Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson who lost their daughter to a thug who just wanted her car and money.  Just ask any family who has had an innocent child violated, harmed, or killed by a deviant. And victims are always told to show compassion and tolerance to those who sought them harm.  After all, it’s the Christian way, yes ?

But I don’t buy that argument.  And it’s not that I’m any less of a Christian. I just believe we need be careful where we show tolerance.  We must not relax our laws so that other groups will feel less uncomfortable.  That is precisely when we should make sure our laws are bold and enforceable.  People who come to this country should know exactly what we stand for and know exactly what they MUST respect if they wish to be a citizen and enjoy the freedoms that we cherish and protect.  If we go down the path of relaxing our laws, we not only do we shout with a loud voice that those laws were not important in the first place, but we face the possibility that we will eventually forget why the greatest generation of Americans originally gave them to us .

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”   —  Abraham Lincoln

Ground Zero is sacred ground. It marks the day and the event where fellow Americans were murdered because a religious group took its fundamental principles a bit too far.  They were targeted for one reason only – because they were Americans.  Evil had a face and it was radical Islam.  Allowing the mosque at Ground Zero sends the message that we are willing to forget the evil and horror of 9/11 in order to accommodate Muslims.  The hallowed ground of Ground Zero is NOT the place to show that Americans are more compassionate than Muslim groups. It is a place where Muslims need to show compassion and not seek to establish a presence to exercise their teachings.

REFERENCES:

http://standupamericaus.com.net-at-hand.com/americans-stand-up-against-ground-zero-mosque-in-nyc:35205  (for more info about the planning of the Cordoba Mosque)

http://www.aclj.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=3841  (Opponents of Ground Zero Mosque Push for Landmark Status)

http://www.aclj.org/   (American Center for Law and Justice is representing a firefighter who survived the attacks on the Towers on 9/11 and who lost over 100 friends that day.  You can sign your name to the letter that the ACLJ is submitting on behalf of the firefighter)

http://www.aclj.org/media/pdf/The-Imam-Behind-Ground-Zero-Mosque_20100720.pdf    [ Summary of Imam Rauf’s book entitled: “What’s Right With Islam is What’s Right With America: A New Vision for Muslims and the West.” ]

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/06/pat-condell-on-ground-zero-mosque-is-it-possible-to-be-astonished-but-not-surprised.html  (Pat Condell)

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/nyers_wage_jihad_vs_wtc_mosque_UgJiOBYEhrSOw4Q6hpvbQL#ixzz0vEWRJB95    (Tom Topousis and Joe Mollica, NY Post, May 26, 2010)

http://www.newt.org/newt-direct/newt-gingrich-statement-proposed-%E2%80%9Ccordoba-house%E2%80%9D-mosque-near-ground-zero   (Newt Gingrich Statement on the Proposed Cordoba Mosque Near Ground Zero, Newt.org, July 21, 2010)

http://www.kmtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12801526    (Christian Salazar, “Opponents Pack Hearing on Mosque at Ground Zero,” Action 3 News, July 13, 2010

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  1. The entire motivation for building a mosque on grown zero is soley as a monument to Muslim victory in battle. Over the course of history on each and every site where they have been victorious in battle they build a mosque as a sign to the defeated. This is the ONLY reason these people want to build the Cordoba House. It is even named after another example of this very action. Trust that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with healing….BS. Just how stupid do they think we are? Mayor Bloomberg needs to be removed from office immediately based on his attitude and position on this one issue alone. He should be ashamed of himself. To call him unAmerican would be the least of accusations that I would have no problem hurling his way. What we need now more than ever is for the Christian community in this country to begin to stand up and push back. This is a Judeo-Christian based country and through the out of control “politically correct” demand from the left we have allowed our country to weaken drastically. The Muslim extremist have used our perceived strengths against us as a major weakness. They consider us stupid and naive and honestly we have been. But no more. The time to pull our heads out is now. The time to push back is now. The place to start is there, at ground zero. We are already way behind. Stand up, speak out….SILENT NO MORE.

  2. Thank you Return to Honor for sharing the overwhelming passion I have on this subject. Ground Zero is a graveside. It is hallowed ground, and not just the site of the Towers themselves. Body parts of loved ones were found strewn for blocks. Those people were targeted because of one unique characteristic.. They were American. If they died for being Americans, then Ground Zero should be dedicated as a site for AMERICA. Not for anything that conflicts with America.

    The prouder we are as Americans, the more they hate us. But guess what, I don’t care for bullying tactics. America is the greatest place to enjoy the freedoms God gave us, and it’s NOT because we have embraced any of the teachings of Islam. It’s because we have embraced the teachings of Judeo-Chrisian faiths.

  3. August 3 – a sad day.
    The Landmarks Preservation Commission ruled that the 152-year-old building, damaged by the exploding landing gear of one of the doomed 9/11 flights, is not deserving of “historical site” recognization and can therefore be demolished. This vote clears the way for the construction of the Cordoba mosque.

    It’s 9 years after the tragic attack on 9/11. This country has already forgotten. I thought we were supposed to “Never Forget.”

    • Well, I think we now have only the working man to turn to for protection. I am praying that since the construction business in NYC is made up of a tightly knit group of folks that perhaps they will see fit to do what they can to put stubling blocks in the way of progress. Maybe “the Donald” and of course members of the “firm” may seek for America what we could not get through our government. Thoughts? 😉

  4. Aug. 4 – A glimmer of hope.
    I just learned that a conservative advocacy group founded by the Reverend Pat Robertson announced that it would challenge the panel’s vote in state court Wednesday. An attorney for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said that the group would file a petition alleging that the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission “acted arbitrarily and abused its discretion.”

  5. Let’s not forget that the planners of the Mosque intentionally chose a location at Ground Zero. It was a selling point for them.

    As Redstate wrote: (addressing the charge by the lead builder that the mosque in fact won’t be located “AT” Ground Zero).
    “To begin with, you have to wonder where some of these people were on September 11, 2001. The entire area east of Broadway, south of Chambers street and north of Wall Street was a front-row seat to mass murder that morning, and much of that area was showered with pulverized debris (mixed among it the bodies of the dead). Few of the national parks and monuments commemorating America’s historic battlefields are so narrowly drawn as the defenders of the mosque would now define “Ground Zero.” Nobody who stood within that area that day would say that 51 Park Place is not within the location of the September 11 attacks.

    The fact is that the groups behind the “Ground Zero mosque” / Cordoba House / Park51 chose the site explicitly for its proximity to Ground Zero, and then spent months boasting about it in the press. Those groups are the Cordoba Initiative (run by Feisal Abdul Rauf, the “Ground Zero mosque’s” imam-to-be); the American Society for Muslim Advancement, or ASMA (run by Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan); and SoHo Properties (run by the aforementioned Sharif el-Gamal, its CEO). Just a few brief but illustrative examples from the principals:

    • A December 8th, 2009, New York Times article stated, “The location next to Ground Zero was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims,” and quoted Rauf as noting that they got a property “where a piece of the 9/11 wreckage fell.” ASMA then touted the piece in its 2009 Year End Report.

    Source: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/08/02/the-ground-zero-mosque-should-be-stopped/

  6. According to an article that was published on March 21, 2004 in the Sydney Morning Herald, Imam Rauf (who will head the Cordoba Mosque project) stated, “The U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end. The West has to understand the terrorists’ point of view. The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. Let’s not forget it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.”

    FedupwithFed posted a few questions on Rauf’s comments on Aug. 6. With regard to Rauf’s statement that “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians,” FedupwithFed wants to how Rauf reconciles it with 15,297 terrorist attacks perpetrated in the name of Jihad and Islam since 9/11.

    With the news of the planned mosque at Ground Zero and now with news of a new al queda leader (Adnan Skukrijumah) who lived in the US and in fact studied at a mosque in NYC (how coincidental) and claims now to “know the US well,” FedupwithFed is very suspicious and says he doesn’t buy Rauf’s claims that his new mosque will be devoted to tolerance. FedupwithFed writes: “Rauf writes that ‘the West has to understand the terrorists’ point of view. Well, actually, I do understand their point of view. I have read the Koran, the Hadith and the Sira. This so-called ‘religion of peace’ is nothing of the sort. I think the founder of CAIR (the Council of American-Islamic Relations), Omar Ahmad, summed it up best when he said, ‘Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.’ This statement has been widely reported over the years, but it appears Mr. Rauf is counting on the ignorance of many people to win this argument. Ahmad’s statement reflects nothing more than a fervent wish for domination, pure and simple.”

    References:
    http://www.weeklyblitz.net/732/the-apple-doesnt-fall-far

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38588735/ns/us_news-security/ (“New al Queda Leader Knows United States Well,” by Curt Anderson, MSNBC News, Aug. 8, 2010)

  7. Aug. 7th – Thomas Friedman subscribes to the mentality that I argue against.

    Thomas Friedman wrote an article in today’s Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC) entitled “Mosque Approval a Message of Inclusion, Openness.”
    [ http://www.reflector.com/opinion/thomas-friedman-mosque-approval-message-inclusion-openness-43786 ]

    In his article, he writes: “Resistance to diversity is not something we want to emulate, which is why I’m glad the mosque was approved Tuesday. Countries that choke themselves off from exposure to different cultures, faiths and ideas will never invent the next Google or a cancer cure, let alone export a musical or body of literature that would bring enjoyment to children everywhere. When we tell the world, ‘Yes, we are a country that will even tolerate a mosque near the site of 9/11,’ we send such a powerful message of inclusion and openness. It is shocking to other nations. As long as that happens, Silicon Valley will be Silicon Valley, Hollywood will be Hollywood, Broadway will be Broadway, and America, if we ever get our politics and schools fixed, will be OK.”

    My position is that 9/11 is a burial site and is not a place to make a statement of tolerance. Would we erect a statue to Emperor Hirohito in Arlington National Cemetery ? Or a statue to Hitler at Normandy ? 9/11 is a place where diverse cultures show respect for our fallen and for the brutality of the attacks on that fateful morning.

    Mr. Friedman, however, goes on to say something that I do completely agree with. He says “I greatly respect the feelings of those who lost loved ones on 9/11— which was perpetrated in the name of Islam — and who oppose this project. Personally, if I had $100 million to build a mosque that promotes interfaith tolerance, I would not build it in Manhattan. I’d build it in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.” Here here !! Now that’s the message we need to send to Iman Rauf.

    *** Thomas Friedman is a columnist for The New York Times.

  8. According to an article that was published on March 21, 2004 in the Sydney Morning Herald, Imam Rauf (who will head the Cordoba Mosque project) stated, “The U.S. and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end. The West has to understand the terrorists’ point of view. The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. Let’s not forget it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.”

    FedupwithFed posted a few questions on Rauf’s comments on Aug. 6. With regard to Rauf’s statement that “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians,” FedupwithFed wants to how Rauf reconciles it with 15,297 terrorist attacks perpetrated in the name of Jihad and Islam since 9/11.

    With the news of the planned mosque at Ground Zero and now with news of a new al queda leader (Adnan Skukrijumah) who lived in the US and in fact studied at a mosque in NYC (how coincidental) and claims now to “know the US well,” FedupwithFed is very suspicious and says he doesn’t buy Rauf’s claims that his new mosque will be devoted to tolerance. FedupwithFed writes: “Rauf writes that ‘the West has to understand the terrorists’ point of view. Well, actually, I do understand their point of view. I have read the Koran, the Hadith and the Sira. This so-called ‘religion of peace’ is nothing of the sort. I think the founder of CAIR (the Council of American-Islamic Relations), Omar Ahmad, summed it up best when he said, ‘Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.’ This statement has been widely reported over the years, but it appears Mr. Rauf is counting on the ignorance of many people to win this argument. Ahmad’s statement reflects nothing more than a fervent wish for domination, pure and simple.”

    I have to agree with FedupwithFed.

    Iman Rauf has been making the rounds lately, promising to use his Cordoba mosque to teach tolerance. Does anybody buy that ?

    Is there any coincidence that the alleged new al-queda leader, Adnan Shukrijumah, lived in the US and trained at a mosque in NYC (Brooklyn). I suppose that one embraced “tolerance” as well. I am reassured that he claims to “know the United States well.” (sarcasm)

    FedupwithFed pointed out something that Iman Rauf said: “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians.” Then how does this explain the cold-blooded killing in northern Afghanistan of medical workers (6 Americans, 1 Brit, 1 German, and 2 Afghans), all unarmed and without security, who were peacefully on their way to provide medical help to remote Afghan villages ?

    Rauf talks about “tolerance.” How does he intend to teach tolerance to the Christian faiths and the Judeo-Christian faiths? Because if reports are true, those innocent medical workers were killed by the Taliban for supposedly talking freely about their faiths – Christianity. I guess “tolerance” is a one-way street and only Americans, with the open and forgiving hearts that Christianity teaches, are the ones that are expected to show it.

    Also, Rauf claims to know what “tolerance” is yet contradicts himself when he says: “The US and the West must acknowledge the harm they’ve done to Muslims before terrorism can end.” He has also refused to repudiate violence as a means to further the ends of Islam in his 2004 book entitled: “What’s Right With Islam is What’s Right With America: A New Vision for Muslims and the West.”

    What are the “harms” Rauf talks about? Let’s see….for one thing, the US has opened its door to them and given them a peaceful country to live in, with more freedom than they’ve ever known elsewhere. And we took took out Sadam Hussein who was a sadistic torturer and killer. That’s a start, yes? I wouldn’t necessarily call that “harm.”

    All I know is that radical Islam starts somewhere. And it doesn’t come from out of the blue. It starts with the religion that all Muslims follow. You don’t see this country pouring out hundreds of Christian terrorists. Please tell me the name of even one Christian suicide bomber. We don’t believe in using force to convert others to our religion or scoring points with the big guy by killing innocent human beings.

  9. Walid Shoebat, former Muslim, tells us Iman Rauf’s true intention with the Cordoba mosque —

    Walid Shoebat is a former PLO terrorist, devoted to the destruction of Israel. He was raised a Muslim, and recruited for jihad against Israel. He knows the religion and knows the culture. In 1993, in an attempt to convert his new American bride (he had moved to the US and was working on a US campus, of course, in CHICAGO !), he accepted a dare from her. She told him that if he would read the Hebrew Bible and show her exactly those parts of the Bible that Islam teaches are fabrications and lies, and give her reasons why Islam hates the Jews and hates Israel so much, she would agree to convert to Islam for him. For 6 months he read and realized that everything that the Muslims had taught him about the Jews and about the history of Israel was a lie. In fact, the more he read, and using his understanding of the Muslim world, he instantly realized that the Anti-Christ is Muslim and that God has predicted that the Middle East will be struck down. He felt he could find nothing in the Hebrew Bible to make him believe the book was not the work of an all-knowing and all-loving God and make him believe that its predictions were flawed. Believing he was on the side of evil, he made a 180-degree turn, renounced his terrorist ways, his Muslim faith, his culture (which made him treat women as subservient and as 1/2 a human being), and became a Christian. He now heads a tireless campaign and a ministry, designed to bring the cause of Israel to people’s attention and to tell the truth about Islam and the Muslim culture.

    I personally met Mr. Shoebat and talked with him. We talked about the mosque at Ground Zero and he told me that the mosque will tell the Muslim world that the terrorists have won. In every part of the world that they conquer by violence, they erect such a mosque. He also suggested I read his blog on http://www.shoebat.com which I have attached below.

    911 Mosque Founder wants to Establish Shariah in USA‏ – by Walid Shoebat
    REVEALED IN ARABIC – GROUND ZERO MOSQUE FOUNDER RAUF WANTS TO ESTABLISH SHARIAH

    Is Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf – founder of the hugely controversial Ground Zero Mosque – lying to the American public?

    We have uncovered extraordinary contradictions between what he says in English and what he says in Arabic that raise serious questions about his true intentions in the construction of the mosque.

    On May 25, 2010 Abdul Rauf wrote in an article for the New York Daily News: “My colleagues and I are the anti-terrorists. We are the people who want to embolden the vast majority of Muslims who hate terrorism to stand up to the radical rhetoric. Our purpose is to interweave America’s Muslim population into the mainstream society.”

    Oh really?

    Only two months before, on March 24, 2010, Abdul Rauf is quoted in an article in Arabic for Rights4All entitled (from one of his responses) “I Do Not Believe in Religious Dialogue”.

    Yes, you read that correctly and, yes, that is an accurate translation. And Right4All is not an obscure blog, but the website of the media department of Cairo University, the leading educational institution of the Arabic-speaking world.

    In the article, the Imam said the following of the “religious dialogue” and “interweaving into the mainstream society” that he so solemnly seems to advocate in the Daily News and elsewhere: “This phrase is inaccurate. Religious dialogue as customarily understood is a set of events with discussions in large hotels that result in nothing. Religions do not dialogue and dialogue is not present in the attitudes of the followers, regardless of being Muslim or Christian. The image of Muslims in the West is complex which needs to be remedied.”

    But that’s only the beginning of what we learn from the Rights4All piece. When asked his view regarding an Islamic state, Abdul Rauf responded that “Throughout my discussions with contemporary Muslim theologians, it is clear an Islamic state can be established in more then just a single form or mold. It can be established through a kingdom or a democracy. The important issue is to establish the general fundamentals of Shariah that are required to govern. It is known that there are sets of standards that are accepted by [Muslim] scholars to organize the relationships between government and the governed.”

    When questioned about this, Abdul Rauf continued “Current governments are unjust and do not follow Islamic laws.” He added “New laws were permitted after the death of Muhammad, so long of course that these laws do not contradict the Quran or the Deeds of Muhammad…so they create institutions that assure no conflicts with Shariah.” [emphasis in translation]

    In yet plainer English, Abdul Rauf’s goal is the imposition of Shariah law – in every country, including the U. S.

    He made that even clearer in an interview with Sa’da Abdul Maksoud that appeared on the popular Islamic website Hadiyul-Islam on May 26, 2010 – one day after his article for the New York Daily News.

    In the Hadiyul-Islam article, Abdul Rauf reiterates that an Islamic state under Shariah law with no separation of church and state can be established even when the government is a kingdom or a democracy.

    But these attitudes are nothing new for the (alas, few) people who have been paying attention. Way back on September 30, 2001, Faisal Abdul Rauf was interviewed on 60 Minutes by host Ed Bradley. Their verbatim dialogue from this CBS News transcript concluded:

    BRADLEY: Are–are–are you in any way suggesting that we in the United States deserved what happened?

    Imam ABDUL RAUF: I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.

    BRADLEY: OK. You say that we’re an accessory?

    Imam ABDUL RAUF: Yes.

    BRADLEY: How?

    Imam ABDUL RAUF: Because we have been an accessory to a lot of–of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, it–in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.

    This is the “anti-terrorist” of the Daily News article?

    The Faisal Abdul Rauf who spoke to 60 Minutes in 2001 is the same Abdul Rauf who, in the last couple of months, espoused the spread of Shariah law on Arabic websites and said the opposite in the pages of the Daily News. He is the man New York City authorities are about to allow to build a mosque on Ground Zero.

    Caveat emptor.

    Reference: http://www.shoebat.com/blog/archives/273
    (Caveat emptor = “Buyer Beware.” The term is used in property law, when a buyer takes property without a warranty )

    NOTE: When Muslims talk about Sheria law and establishing it.. that is a pretty good indication that they are fundamentalist, or should I say extremist.

  10. Diane Rufino says:

    The mosque at Ground Zero is not about the freedom to practice one’s religion. It’s never been about that. And it’s not about “tolerance,” for we have shown that as a county, we are by far the most tolerant of any nation on the planet. It’s about honor, respect, common decency, and common sense.

    I honestly believe that a line has to be drawn in allowing freedom to those, who if given the chance would deny it to everyone else. And that’s a fundamental concern with Islam.

    Consider the comments of Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi on Egypt’s Al-Rahma TV, July 19: “Devotion to Jihad for the sake of Allah, and the desire to shed blood, to smash skulls, and to sever limbs for the sake of Allah and in defense of his religion, is, undoubtedly, an honor for the believer. … The Koranic verses that deal with fighting the infidels and conquering their countries say that they should convert to Islam, pay the jizya poll tax, or be killed. If the Muslims had implemented this, we would not have reached the humiliation in which we find ourselves today.”

    Balance this with a statement from our President. In a statement prior the dinner to mark the beginning of the holy time, Ramadan, President Obama said that the controversy surrounding the mosque at Ground Zero “reminds us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” Unfortunately, the president didn’t give any examples of where such principles are being practiced now in much of the Muslim world. Perhaps he should have. Perhaps he could have explained how it could happen that a family sanctions the mutilation of a daughter simply because she tried to flee abusive in-laws.. (Cover of Time magazine; girl’s ears and nose were cut off; Plight of Women in Afghanistan under the Taliban).

    Again, Islam is not a religion based on much tolerance. Yet those who practice it demand it from everyone else.

  11. Peter Reynolds says:

    If this NRT advertisement is what free speech means in America then for the first time ever I’m glad Britain isn’t hidebound by a written constitution.

    Mind you, I think the Islamic activists behind the Ground Zero mosque are stupid and they demean their own beliefs by their provocation.

    http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/republicans-reveal-true-colours-to-brits/

  12. Just because you have the right to do something in America, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

  13. MOSQUE UPDATE — The Situation Goes from Bad to Worse
    By Diane Rufino, Sept. 14, 2010

    Well, the mosque situation just keeps going from bad to worse. It’s becoming a Ground Zero for a heated exchange between those who respect the events of 9/11 and the Muslim community (represented by Imam Rauf) who doesn’t seem to. The mosque location was supposedly chosen to serve a local Muslim community, yet no such community exists in the area around Ground Zero. Iman Rauf and the mosque’s developers promised that the site has no special significance, and yet they refuse to relocate even when offered compensation two times over. The mosque was supposed to stand for tolerance yet now it stands for intolerance. Is the mosque about religious freedom or ideological victory. Is it about “westernized” Islam or it about Islamized America ? Is it a Memorial War site or a site to memorialize and glorify their spoils?

    Last week Americans were tied to the news for several reasons: The mosque situation was heating up, Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida and his congregation planned to burn the Koran in protest, and the nation was gearing up for the ninth anniversary of the events of 9/11.

    In the midst of the controversy over the mosque and the growing unrest in NYC, we learned that Donald Trump offered up some of his fortune to buy out the interests in the property. On September 9, he supposedly offered cash to buy out one or more of the project’s investors ($6 million. The builders bought it for only $3.5 million. The offer was refused. And not only was the offer refused, but now Imam Rauf threatens that if the mosque is built, there will be violence by the Muslim community. He threatens that new terrorist violence will be initiated and there will be an outburst of violence all over the Muslim world. Funny how that should happen if a mosque at Ground Zero is supposed to have NO particular significance to the Muslim world ? Funny how a mosque that is promoted as building “tolerance” is now going to be used to incite Muslim violence. Where is the tolerance by the Muslim community? Tolerance is always a one-way street with Americans.

    Let’s talk about tolerance from the Muslim community. On the day of our greatest tragedy, the Muslim world celebrated. In fact, as the anniversary of 9/11 drew closer and we prepared to reflect on the tragic loss of loved ones, the Muslim world prepared to celebrate that anniversary. That’s Muslim tolerance. After 9/11, American journalist and devoted husband Daniel Pearl was beheaded alive on camera for one reason…. He was Jewish. Daniel Pearl became the symbol of what radical Islamists were prepared to do to those they don’t like. Another act of tolerance. In August of this year, 8 foreign medical workers were ambushed and murdered in Afghanistan by the Taliban for the simple reason that they were Christians who spoke openly of their faith. Again, another act of tolerance. Muslims who convert to Christianity have a very high chance of being killed. More tolerance. So please forgive us naïve Americans when we fail to understand any sincerity in the promise of tolerance by Imams who visit the Middle East and associate with known supporters of terrorism.

    In the days after September 11, 2001, Imam Rauf chose not to condemn the attacks on us, but rather to explain them. “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” In other words, he was saying that America brought the attacks on herself. Imam Rauf was an example of the Muslim population in general in the US who would not stand up and condemn the attacks. As Bernie Goldberg wrote of this ridiculous posture: “Can you imagine any decent person 70 years ago saying, ‘I don’t condone lynching or any other violence against Negroes. That certainly is wrong. But I understand why those white folks do it.’ Federal government policies drive people to do bad things and therefore those policies are an accessory to the crime.’”

    Instead of remaining neutral on the issue, as he does when it comes to national prayer, President Obama spent the week promoting the virtues of Islam and reassuring the Muslim world that the US respects its Muslim contributions and loves its Muslim citizens. “We are not at war with Islam.” In his press conference of September 10, 2010 stated in no uncertain terms that Muslims have the right to build a mosque at Ground Zero but Americans in Florida do NOT have the right to burn the Qur’an.

    On September 2, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, offered a Constitutional solution to the Ground Zero mosque situation that would not discriminate against one single religion. In a radio interview with Wallbuilders.com (the center devoted to the First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion – the right to keep the government OUT of religion but NOT the right to keep religion out of government), Gingrich stated the following: “We need to speak out about the truth of Islamic threats… whether it is about their right to impose Sharia law in NJ (remember the man who was exonerated after punishing and raping his wife for hours and claiming it was not only appropriate but his right to do so under Sharia law), or the Arkansas killing of Americans at a recruiting center by someone who described himself as a ‘jihadist’ (most Americans weren’t made aware of this incident), or the act of terrorism at Fort Hood where 13 members of our military were killed by someone who was overlooked because of political correctness and who carried a card in his wallet which said he was an ‘Islamic warrior.’ We have to have the courage to tell the truth. We have to have the courage to say to the secular socialist system that dominates us about the truth of these threats, no matter what the consequences are.

    Imagine the arrogance of Imam Rauf and his builders saying that right next to the place where 3000 Americans were killed let’s put up a mosque. What a statement of Triumphalism to the Muslim world. They are counting on us to be ignorant or cowardly in tolerating this. And it’s important that we be educated and courageous.

    Congress has the ability to declare the area a National Battlefield Memorial. We should think of the World Trade Center site as a battlefield site. This is a war. We are still engaged in a war on terror which was initiated by the attacks on 9/11. The Attorney General of NY, Andrew Cuomo, can intervene in the matter. He has the ability to slow down plans to build the mosque. He can stall it for decades if he wants to. And I’m surprised at Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I’m surprised he said it’s OK to build. I think he should re-consider, and if he did, under the current situation with tensions rising, I think he would. There is simply no reason this project has to move forward.”

    Interestingly, a Greek Orthodox Church which existed at Ground Zero since 1854 – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church – was denied permission to rebuild after it was destroyed on 9/11. But a mosque is allowed. Why is it that that the US can’t say no to any religion except for Christianity?

    On September 8, Imam Rauf was interviewed on CNN’s Larry King Show. For months people were suspicious of the soft-spoken Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. No one really bought his “tolerance” argument. No one really bought his promises that funding for the mosque is completely legitimate and terrorist-free. And why should they? He refuses to disclose his funding and NYC Mayor Bloomberg refuses to authorize any type of inquiry.

    Well, on Sept. 8th, American audiences realized their fears were in fact well-founded. In his interview with guest host Soledad O’Brien, the Imam laid out his latest argument for the American people and his words can have only one meaning: Build this mosque or face the wrath of radical Islamists.

    When asked by Ms. O’Brien why he doesn’t build the mosque somewhere else, this is what he answered: “When we first decided to build the mosque, no one objected. Now politicians are using this for political purposes. This is dangerous for two reasons: First, it goes against the very fundamental American principle of Separation of Church and State.” O’Brien interrupted briefly to remind him that while Americans understand this principle, 71% of Americans feel that even though there is a right to build at Ground Zero, it is not the right thing to do, and they are concerned that proper sensitivity isn’t being shown. Iman Rauf answered this way: “If we move from that location, then the story will be that the radicals (American radicals) have taken over the discourse. The message will be that Islam is under attack in America. I’m less concerned about the radicals in the US than I am about the radicals in the Muslim world. The radicals who oppose Islam in this country will threaten our national security. They will pose a danger to our troops in Afghanistan and in Iraq. They will pose a danger to people here who go to work and who travel. It will increase our ability for Islamic extremists to recruit.”

    He continued with this threat: “If this is not handled correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis, which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world…. If we don’t handle this crisis correctly it could become something which could really become very, very, very dangerous indeed.”

    The man who continues to talk about healing and building bridges has done exactly what ideologues have predicted. They predicted that Muslims would come to this country and use our own freedoms against us and for their own personal gain. And once they did that, they would strengthen their position through terror and the threat of violence (as they have done in the Middle East to shut out all other religions and factions). In fact, London’s radical Imam Omar Bakri Mohammed told the country of England: “We will use your Democracy to destroy your democracy.” Iman Rauf used his plea for religious tolerance to sway many Americans to his side, urging that the site at Park Ave. is not hallowed ground and a mosque at that site should not offend the families of fallen heroes. Now that opposition and division has been created over the mosque, and now that Rauf has gotten the sympathies of Americans, he tells an international audience that if his plans don’t go forward, America’s national security will be at risk. Iman Rauf played exactly by the ideological play book.

    Hopefully, it will be the Imam’s very threats, delivered in calm even tones, that will end up doing more for the case against his mosque than any rally in the streets could ever do. And given Mr. Rauf’s knowledge of the irrational and violent nature of the most radical practitioners of his faith, one has to even ask why he would have proposed this project at Ground Zero in the first place. Was he intentionally trying to provoke a confrontation on this issue? As President Bush once said: “We cannot defend America by hoping for the best.”

    Michelle Malkin, Fox News contributor had this to say about Imam Rauf’s outbursts. “It’s not unbelievable. It’s completely expected….. . In so many of these cases over the years, predating and postdating September 11, we’ve seen the practice of many of these members of the religion of perpetual outrage. And they’ll use any excuse to explode, whether it’s the drawing of some cartoons of Mohammed or in the Middle East, everything from holding beauty pageants to building KFCs in their neighborhoods. It’s always an excuse to explode. And this is the point — this is the point of the opponents of the Ground Zero mosque. It’s not just about the mosque. It’s about this threat that hangs over Western civilization like a Damoclean sword at all times for all reasons.”

    I think Michelle has hit the nail on the head. Again, it all goes back to trusting such Muslim religious leaders and believing they can be sincere. It’s not worth the risk, given what they are capable of. I think now more than ever, we need to prevent the mosque from being built at that site.

    As Michael Coren, a Canadian talk show host, profoundly stated: ““The fact that they are allowed to build this mosque says a lot about the U.S. The fact that Muslims will build it says a lot about them.”

    REFERENCES:
    http://www.breitbart.tv/gingrich-strategy-to-stop-mosque-make-ground-zero-national-memorial/ (Newt Gingrich proposes strategy)

    http://www.breitbart.tv/ground-zero-mosque-imam-threatens-america-with-attack-if-mosque-not-built/ (Breitbart Report; Imam Rauf issues threat)
    http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/09/ground-zero-victory-mosque-imam-issues-threat-if-you-dont-build-it-they-will-attack-video/ (Imam Rauf issues threat)

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/09/09/trump-offers-buy-investor-ground-zero-mosque-site/ (Donald Trump)

    http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/the-mosque-and-the-moderate-imam/

    http://blog.politicalvise.com/2010/08/why-we-dont-need-a-mosque-at-ground-zero/

    Tolerance: Sura 9:5 of the Qur’an says: “Slay the unbeliever wherever you find him.”

    QUESTION: How has al queda justified the killing of 3000 Americans on 9/11 and countless others through other terrorist attacks, beheadings, and other horrific acts ?

    Apparently, al queda deemed those Americans working at the World Trade Center as “legitimate” targets since they indirectly supported the military and economic strength of the US. Al queda also blamed the US to be indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions of Muslims. (How? I don’t know)
    When asked how the US can put an end the terror attacks after 9/11, a top al queda leader answered that Americans must convert to Islam or face death. These same types of justifications are being used to justify the killing of civilian non-Muslims in a worldwide Jihad. The end goal is the spread of Islam through violence and coercion. The ultimate goal of course is to have the whole world in submission to Islam. Building a Mosque at Ground Zero becomes a symbol of the success of those fighting to spread Islam through any means.

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