Muslims have always built mosques on the sites of their conquests. The destruction
of the World Trade Center's twin towers was just another in a never-ending series of
The President of the United States, on August 13, 2010, endorsed the idea of a mosque at
Ground Zero, cloaking the idea in "freedom of religion." What would have been the
reaction if a Republican president had endorsed the construction of a Christian cathedral
at the same site? The word theocracy would have been on the front page of every
major U.S. newspaper the next morning.
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Ground Zero Mosque grounded.
Remember all the shouting last summer about the Ground Zero Mosque? 68% of the country opposed the mosque,
which automatically pushed liberals on the side of the mosque. It marked the first time that liberals
supported a religion.
The 9/11 Gazwa and the
Cordoba Mosque. I shall never forget that very sad morning in September nine years ago, when
Arab-Muslims committed their Manhattan and Washington, D.C. Gazwa, leaving about three thousand innocent
people murdered. "Gazwa" is an Arab term used to indicate a successful attack upon the enemy or an
invasion of enemy territory.
conquest of America. America is surrendering in the war against radical Islam. This is the
real meaning behind the decision to build a 13-story mosque and Muslim cultural center 600 feet from the
site of ground zero. A New York City panel gave the green light Tuesday for the project — despite
intense resistance from many families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Most New
Yorkers and Americans do not want this mosque erected: It will be a symbolic monument to the triumph
of Islamism in the United States.
Not At Ground Zero.
The story of the proposed mosque at the site of the World Trade Center has been thoroughly misrepresented, as
have the parties behind the project. They present themselves as ambassadors of moderate Islam.
Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, says the project aims to put
the Muslim community "at the front and center to start the healing." Ms. Khan knows better, because
she is also Mrs. Feisal Abdul Rauf, the wife of the main Islamic cleric behind the project.
Further Travels Of Imam Feisal.
While debate rages over plans for an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, the imam behind this project, Feisal
Abdul Rauf, is not available to answer questions in New York. Since locating the absent Rauf last week
in Malaysia, I have now discovered that he's about to embark on a nearly month-long swing through the Middle
East, with plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar.
Democrats startlingly silent on "ground zero
mosque". Yesterday [8/3/2010] President Obama's spokesman pointedly declined to take a
position on the planned Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan, calling it a local issue. In fact,
prominent conservative opponents of what they call the "ground zero mosque" succeeded in elevating it into a
national issue weeks ago. And yet, Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn't commented. Neither has Majority
Leader Harry Reid. Nor have many of the members of New York's supposedly liberal congressional
No mosque. There is an
awful lot of blowzy thought swirling around the proposed mosque to be raised two blocks from Ground Zero in
lower Manhattan. Frankly, I doubt that at any other time in our history, such a debate would be taking
place. People would know that when thugs intoning "Allahu Akbar" have slaughtered hundreds of innocent
Americans on American soil, it is inappropriate to raise a mosque nearby. The majority of Americans
alive today know this. Polling indicates that with them, it is a nonstarter.
The Mosques of War.
[Scroll down] After the conquest of Mecca in the year 630, Muhammad transformed the Black Stone in the
Ka'aba, which ancient pagan Arabs had worshiped, into the paramount Islamic holy place. It became known
as the Masjid al-Haram, or Sacred Mosque. During the Arab invasions of neighboring lands in the Middle
East, North Africa, and beyond, under the new banner of Islam, numerous synagogues and churches were converted
into mosques. In Damascus, Syria, the church of St. John is now known as the Umayyad Mosque. Also in
Syria, the mosque of Job was originally a church. The Islamic tide swept into Egypt, and many Christian
Coptic churches were converted into mosques. From North Africa, the conquests continued into Spain and
Portugal, where again churches were converted into mosques.
The Manhattan Mosque
and Women. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the ACLU, and the go-along-to get-along throng who
support building a massive mosque at Ground Zero need to explain why they're okay with a Shariah version of
Jim Crow laws for women in America. Are they ignorant or just indifferent to backers of the mosque who
promote Shariah law as compatible with U.S. law?
Imam Is A "Moderate" But Abe Foxman Is A Bigot? I trust the Imam and the Muslims at the new
Ground Zero "Cordoba" mosque to tell me the truth of what they think about Israel and the United States.
After 9/11, the Imam said America shared responsibility for the destruction of the World Trade Center.
Now, that same imam refuses to condem Hamas.
Muslims Speak Out
Against the Ground Zero Mosque. In the Ottawa Citizen published on August 7, 2010, two
Canadian Muslims write that "Muslims know the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation."
Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, both authors in their own right, sit on the board of the Muslim Canadian
Congress. ... Raza and Fatah go on to say that "we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is
meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in
bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as "Fitna," meaning "mischief-making" that is
clearly forbidden in the Koran."
Gutfeld To Open A Gay Bar Next To Ground Zero Mosque. No, this is not a joke. In fact,
it is instead one of the most brilliant pieces of provocations in recent years. Greg Gutfeld from Fox
News' Red Eye announced today via his blog that he is actively speaking to investors and plans on opening a
gay bar next to the controversial mosque being built near Ground Zero in New York.
Free Speech Lawsuit:
NYC Bans "911 Images". It seems that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg invokes certain freedoms
only when they serve his 2012 agenda — and freedom of speech is not high on his list. ... Last month,
I signed a contract with CBS Outdoor to run a "Preservation of Ground Zero" bus ad campaign. The campaign
was paid for in full. ... The ad was refused. When I asked on what grounds, CBS Outdoor told me that
the city said that "images of 911 were not allowed." I was floored. I said, "It is American
history. How can it be banned? What about Pearl Harbor? Is that censored too? On
what grounds are 911 images banned?
NY bus ad showing mosque,
burning Twin Towers OK'd. New York City's transit agency has approved a bus advertisement that
depicts a plane flying toward the World Trade Center's towers as they burn along with a rendering of a proposed
mosque near ground zero.
Tax dollars to
build mosques. The State Department is sending Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf — the
mastermind of the Ground Zero Mosque — on a trip through the Middle East to foster "greater
understanding" about Islam and Muslim communities in the United States. However, important questions
are being raised about whether this is simply a taxpayer-funded fundraising jaunt to underwrite his reviled
project, which is moving ahead in Lower Manhattan.
Gutfeld, genius. The irony is thick enough to cut with a knife. Park51 developers are
offended at Gutfeld's idea and have now called on him to "consider the sensibilities of Muslims." How
would one do that exactly when making a bar targeting openly gay Islamic men? Perhaps building a
butcher shop or a women's swimwear store right next door would do the trick.
Ground Zero Mosque is Not a Religious Freedom
Issue. After the New York City Landmarks Commission voted unanimously last Tuesday to deny
landmark status to 45 Park Place, thus clearing the way for the construction of an Islamic supremacist
mega-mosque at Ground Zero, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg framed the entire controversy as an issue of
religious freedom. But he is ignoring some of the key issues that make this less a question of
religious freedom and more one of whether or not Islamic supremacism is going to advance unimpeded
in the United States.
The Inkblot Mosque.
[Scroll down] On the other hand, for the Americans who believe that Islam is a barbaric throwback, and
who believe the vast majority of Muslims calling themselves 'moderates' will not only not resist but actively
assist when sharia (Islamic law) comes creeping into our social fabric, as it has in the UK, and who have
lost loved ones in the far-flung wars against "extremism," the Inkblot Mosque is a symbol for the looming
specter of the enslavement of the United States, the suicidal 'tolerance' of Americans for the intolerant,
and the funeral dirge of a society slowly slouching towards Gomorrah.
State Department's Islamic Supremacist. It's unbelievable but true: the imam of the projected
Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is on a grand tour to Qatar, Bahrain,
and the United Arab Emirates — paid for by the U.S. State Department with taxpayer money. The State
Department confirmed Tuesday [8/10/2010] that they were sending Rauf on this mission.
The Ground Zero
Mosque and Conquest. Having worked in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and the home of its
most extreme form, Wahhabism, I was shocked that a New York City neighborhood community board, in its ignorance,
recently voted 29 to 1 to support a request to build a mosque and a Muslim center near Ground
Zero. Muslims have always built mosques on the sites of their conquests.
Zero Mosque Goes Radioactive. The latest assault of the stealth jihadists has suddenly
gone national. And so has the push-back by freedom-loving Americans. With help from two
of our country's most prominent leaders — former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich — Americans are being alerted to a truly horrifying
prospect: The site where nearly 3,000 of our countrymen were murdered on September 11,
2001 is at risk of being defiled by a 13-story, $100 million megamosque.
NYC Imam Needs Deporting. The New
York City imam at the center of a controversial mosque-building project makes an interesting case for restoring
ideological exclusion. Feisal Abdul Rauf has been a Muslim imam in New York for 25 years and chairs
the Cordoba Initiative. The initiative acts as a vocal apologist for Muslim excesses and an advocate for
a Muslim political agenda. He is also a key player in the proposal to build an Islamic center with a
mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site...
Why the Ground Zero
Mosque Must Be Stopped. Planting a mosque just two blocks from where Muslims murdered Americans
on 9/11 in the name of Islam is a huge slap in the face. Why shouldn't Muslims be sensitive enough to
realize that a huge mosque planted right near the horrific wound to the U.S. created at Ground Zero by Muslims
is outrageous to us? They claim a right to be insulted by cartoons mocking their prophet, even to
the point of beheading people.
Obama's Ramadan White House Bow to Islam.
Obama's strategy for fight has been his ongoing battle against ordinary Americans, and that fight has been stylized
by lobbing insults at the constituency (usually on Friday nights) before departing for another vacation or golf game.
Obama's Ramadan Delusions.
This year's Ramadan message from Barack Obama is the latest in a long line of warmly complimentary communications
that he has addressed to the Islamic world over the last eighteen months. Reciprocally warm and friendly
greetings have yet to arrive from those to whom Obama has addressed these messages, but the President appears
undaunted. Eighteen months into his presidency, he seems to be clinging more determinedly than ever
to the idea that soft words about Islam will turn away the jihad — despite the total lack of confirming
Kneeling Before Holy Jihad.
Led by the National Council of Churches (NCC), the Religious Left is backing the proposed Ground Zero Islamic
Center while denouncing the mosque's skeptics as "hateful." Revealingly, the statement endorsed by
40 religious "leaders" is relatively narrowly comprised of top NCC officials, left-wing Catholics, Muslim
groups, and mostly second-tier Jewish groups, plus J Street.
Plan for Mosque Near Ground Zero. President Barack Obama defended the plan to build a mosque
near the site of the 2001 terror attacks in New York, telling Muslim guests at a Ramadan dinner at the
White House that the nation's commitment to freedom of religion "must be unshakable." Mr. Obama's
remarks came after weeks of the White House sidestepping the debate that has roiled New York and the nation
since developers announced plans to build a $100 million, 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center
just two blocks from the World Trade Center site.
Obama Sides with Ground Zero
Mosque Builders vs. Americans. Obama has shown his true sentiments now, after weeks of concealing
them, on an issue of deep significance not only to the families and loved ones of 3,000 slaughtered Americans
but also to the vast majority of his fellow citizens. He has once again revealed himself to be divorced
from the values and concerns of his countrymen.
backs new 'Ground Zero' mosque near site of September 11 disaster. President Barack Obama has
come out in favour of allowing a mosque to be built near the site of the former World Trade Centre, destroyed
nine years ago by Islamic extremists in hijacked airliners. ... The Obama administration had not taken a
stand previously on the mosque, which would be part of a $100 million Islamic center to be built two
blocks from where the disaster took place.
The First Un-American President.
"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone
else in this country." — Barack Hussein Obama, spoken at a White House dinner to celebrate the
beginning of Ramadan! ... This statement regarding the defiling of Ground Zero, favoring a mosque where the
same religion that spawned the 9/11 killers would be preached, may finally convince the deniers that Obama is
and always has been a Muslim.
that Obama is a Muslim.
Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near
9/11 Site. President Obama delivered a strong defense on Friday night [8/13/2010] of a proposed
Muslim community center and mosque near ground zero in Manhattan, using a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan
to proclaim that "as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice
their religion as anyone else in this country."
Obama's Ground Zero Mosque.
At a White House celebration of Ramadan tonight in the company of representatives of several of the Nation's most
prominent Muslim Brotherhood front organizations, President Obama announced his strong support for one of their
most immediate objectives: the construction of a mega-mosque and "cultural center" at Ground Zero.
In so doing, he publicly embraced the greatest tar-baby of his presidency.
for the President. Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from
where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they
have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade.
Palin's Point: President Obama,
with his back-to-back statements on the proposed mosque at Ground Zero, has managed to get himself in a position
where Sarah Palin has both the high ground and the practical route to progress.
Islam Means the End of Religious Freedom.
At an Iftar dinner in the White House, Barack Hussein Obama proclaimed that he supports the building of the
Ground Zero mosque as part of his "unshakable commitment to religious freedom". Which of course sounds
very noble and good, until you ask a single question, Where is the religious freedom in the Muslim world?
Apologist-in-Chief. President Obama's speech on the occasion of the Ramadan dinner in the White
House presents difficulties that are becoming his trademark. Why does he find it necessary to be an apologist
for Islam? He started it in his speech in Cairo a couple of years back, which also had elements that were
downright creepy. Now he justifies the building of a mosque at Ground Zero because Muslims have the same
right to practice their religion as anyone else. This is obviously true, but a mosque in this site of
mass murder committed by Muslims is not about freedom of worship, it is a statement of supremacy and conquest.
stupid does Obama think we are? Pretty stupid. Already getting trounced in the polls, Democrats
are reeling over the President's decision to side with the Muslim Brotherhood over the American people by endorsing
the Ground Zero mosque. So he's trying to close Pandora's Box.
Let the backpedaling begin!
Under Fire, Obama
Clarifies Support for Ground Zero Mosque. President Obama on Saturday [8/14/2010] sought to clarify
his comments supporting the building of a mosque near ground zero that have ignited a political firestorm ahead
of a difficult election season for Democrats.
relatives group blasts mosque support. A group representing relatives of victims of the
September 11, 2001 terror attacks on Saturday roundly condemned President Barack Obama's support of a
mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero.
No, Mr. President — We're not traumatized.
Penetrating commentary on President Obama's remarks last night on Islam, 9/11, and Ground Zero is already
available. The lawyers at Powerline dissect Obama's high-flown rhetoric...
An Awful President, A Worse Theologian.
[Scroll down] This is revealing: the ultimate destination of multiculturalism is platitudinous stupidity.
All religions, Obama tells us, are really the same, and can be summed up in the Golden Rule. Actually,
there is no religion that can be reduced to the Golden Rule, least of all Islam. Islam does not enjoin
believers to do unto infidels as you would have infidels do unto you. On the contrary! Islam tells
its followers to subdue infidels; to kill them; to, at best, reduce them to dhimmitude. The Golden Rule
is antithetical to Islam.
Hillary and the
Ground Zero Mosque Imam. It is time for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up to the
plate and investigate Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who is currently touring the Middle East at the expense of
American Taxpayers as an envoy of her Department of State. Claudia Rossett, one of America's premier
journalists, today reveals several disturbing facts that more than warrant an official investigation.
Clintonian speech pulls rug from under mosque supporters. When President Obama used the occasion
of the White House Ramadan iftar dinner to announce his support for the Ground Zero mosque, some of his partisans
rushed to praise what they viewed as a ringing endorsement of the controversial project. ... The problem was,
just hours after the speech, Obama began to back away from his clarion call. I wasn't defending the
mosque project, he explained. I was just defending the right of Muslims to build "a place of worship
and a community center" on private property in Lower Manhattan.
Two days later...
Obama's "forceful" support of Ground Zero Mosque
already changing. Doesn't the look on Obama's face in today's Drudge Report cover story, detailing
that Obama is "forcefully" approving the Ground Zero Mosque, say it all? In the caption of the Drudge photo,
Obama in effect, wishes us all "As-Salumu Alaykum" from the White House. At least he's not shouting
"Alu Akbar!" Yet.
Obama Okays Victory Mosque. Americans
are aghast that the president approves of the construction of a Victory Mosque by a pro-terrorism imam six hundred
feet from Ground Zero. Revolting, yes. Shocking, no. One thing we know about Barack Obama is
that he is committed to ruling in direct opposition to three-fourths of the American people on all core issues.
retreat. President Obama carefully backpedaled on his support for building a mosque near Ground Zero,
saying yesterday that he was merely defending the legal right to religious freedom — but not giving the
project his stamp of approval.
Obama Apologizes for Stupid Americans' Opposition
to the Ground Zero Mosque. It's amazing that Obama lacked the foresight to see that supporting the
construction of a $100 million mosque 2 blocks from Ground Zero, something that 70% of Americans
oppose, won't end well. But I guess when your closest advisors are Valerie Jarrett the slumlord, Robert
Gibbs the clown, Rham Emmanuel the communist, and Michelle Obama the millionaire's wife, equating "religious
freedom" with an Islamic cultural center whose purpose is to promote Sharia law is the kind of progressive
garbage you get.
Bam's latest shaky stand. Thanks for nothing, Mr. President. Now we know how Arizona feels.
First Obama stood with the president of Mexico as he bashed Americans as bigots for exercising their right of
democracy on illegal immigration. Now he stands with the developers of a mega-mosque near Ground Zero
that, outside of Mayor Bloomberg, few New Yorkers want.
leaders to abandon plans for Ground Zero community center. Insiders say Muslim spiritual leaders
behind the controversial initiative are considering giving up on the former World Trade Center location, in a
gesture of appeasement.
breaks with Obama, comes out against Ground Zero mosque. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
(D-Nev.) said an Islamic center shouldn't be built near the site of the 9/11 attacks. Reid, who is
locked in a tough reelection campaign, broke with President Obama in calling for the New York center to
be built somewhere else.
Kelo at Ground Zero.
Building the mosque means that two commercial buildings on which New York City now levies real estate taxes will be
replaced by a house of worship on which the city will not levy real estate taxes. Meanwhile, New York City
is so short of tax revenues that it has been reducing the number of teachers in its schools, not hiring police
and firemen needed to protect its citizens, delaying infrastructure repairs and cutting back on social services
for the poor.
House tries to move on from debate over controversial N.Y. mosque. Many Republicans appear
intent on making the comments a midterm election issue. But now that the president has had his say, the
White House communications shop is looking to move on, according to spokesman Bill Burton.
backtracks over Ground Zero mosque. Barack Obama has backtracked over his support for plans to
build a mosque near Ground Zero. The U.S. President was hit by a furious backlash from victims of the
September 11 terrorist attacks after he backed the highly controversial plans in a speech on Friday.
Dutch Connection: The Funding of the Ground Zero Mosque, Part 1. The organization behind
the proposed Cordoba Initiative — more commonly known as the Ground Zero mosque — is the
American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA). As reported previously, the government of the Netherlands
has been implicated in the funding of ASMA — $500,000 and $1,000,000 respectively, in separate
instances — and thus can be considered a co-financier of the Ground Zero mosque.
Republicans Fault Obama for Endorsing Mosque Construction
Near Ground Zero. House Republican leader John Boehner (Ohio) says the decision to build a mosque
two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in lower Manhattan is "deeply troubling" —
and so is President Barack Obama's decision to "endorse" the mosque construction.
Obama backtracks on ground zero mosque controversy.
Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have
the right to build a mosque near New York's ground zero, but he did not say whether he believes it is a good
idea to do so. Obama commented during a trip to Florida, where he expanded on a Friday night White House
speech asserting that Muslims have the same right to freedom of religion as everyone else in America.
Mosque Question. 'Let me be clear," Pres. Barack Obama said at Friday night's iftar dinner
at the White House before making what nearly everyone took to be a deeply felt endorsement of the Ground Zero
mosque. ... "As a citizen, and as president," Obama said, "I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice
their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a
community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."
You've Lost America, Mr. President.
The true intentions of the mosque builders were revealed when they turned down NY Governor David Patterson's
offer of state land in return for re-locating the mosque away from Ground Zero. They refused. That
this "factoid" was seemingly irrelevant to the president speaks volumes. It is worth remembering this is
the same president who belittled ordinary Americans for "clinging" to religion. I guess Muslims "clinging"
to a location that infuriates the overwhelming majority of Americans is perfectly fine, even after it's been
revealed for the rankly provocative plan it truly is.
The pro-mosque left has no principles.
Is Harry Reid
Un-American?. President Obama's pratfall over the Ground Zero mosque has provoked a lot of
commentary to the effect that the White House lacks "message discipline" and the president speaks in a
condescending and elitist tone. These criticisms are true, but they should not detract from the
substantive deficiency of the pro-mosque left. What purports to be a principled stance is in fact
nothing of the sort.
Who is Funding Alexi Giannoulias?
The Ground Zero mosque controversy has reawakened concerns about some Islamic Centers in the United States and
their funding sources. As Claudia Rosett recently noted, we really don't know where Feisal Abdul Rauf
found $100 million to fund his mega-project in lower Manhattan.
TV Director: Ground Zero Mosque would be 'Monument' for Terrorists. The director of
Al-Arabiya TV, a popular Arab-language news station, wrote that "Muslims never asked for" the proposed mosque
at Ground Zero, and "do not care about its construction," in a column for London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat on
About the Ground Zero Church? The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America accused New York officials
on Tuesday [8/17/2010] of turning their backs on the reconstruction of the only church destroyed in the Sept. 11
attacks, while the controversial mosque near Ground Zero moves forward.
Our Clueless Professor.
Have we ever had a president so disconnected from the heart of America? On Friday night, at a White House
iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, Obama strode directly into the blazing controversy over whether a
mosque should be built two blocks from Ground Zero.
Ground Zero Sum Game.
Yes, America was founded on the principles of religious freedom, but practicing religion isn't the issue.
Unlike Christians and Jews in most Muslim nations, Muslims in America are free to practice their faith.
The issue is whether they use that freedom to ultimately undermine freedom for people of different faiths, or
no faith. It isn't America's obligation to demonstrate our tolerance, as if by doing so those within
Islam who wish to destroy us will ultimately transform into religious pluralists. It is their obligation
to demonstrate their own tolerance in the face of much evidence of Islamic intolerance and violence by radicals.
President Distorts Arguments on Ground Zero Mosque. In the process of his unfolding explanations,
the president seemed to be arguing with phantoms, or with straw men. None of the prominent critics of
Cordoba House deny that Muslims deserve the same freedom as other religious groups to build houses of worship
to serve their adherents. But no faith community can use religious liberty as an excuse to build
whatever they want wherever they want it.
The Ever 'Present'
Obama. When he was in the Illinois legislature, Barack Obama developed a reputation for voting
"present" on tough issues rather than taking a firm stand. "In the Illinois state Senate, Senator Obama
voted 130 times 'present,'" said Hillary Rodham Clinton in one of her debates with Mr. Obama. "That's
not yes, that's not no. That's maybe." Some political observers were reminded of that record over the
weekend as the White House struggled with what seemed like two different positions on the building of a mosque
near Ground Zero in New York.
The Beginning of the End of the
Ground Zero Mosque. A column (h/t, MEMRI) in the August 16, 2010 London daily Al-Sharq
Al-Awsat by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid, director of Al-Arabiya TV and the paper's former editor, "A House of
Worship or a Symbol of Destruction?" should mean the end of plans for a mosque near Ground Zero.
Mr. Al-Rashid supports President Obama's stand for the mosque in principle (as he supports Obama-like or even
beyond-Obama-like policies with respect to the Middle East). He's no neocon. But his practical case
against building the mosque is irrefutable.
Just the Facts, Imam. A Muslim
terrorist attack damaged a building, allowing Muslims to pick it up for a fraction of the price, in order to
build a mosque on the spot. Some people might say that sort of thing is tacky. A little like coming
by to make an offer on the house, after your cousin murdered the entire family who lived there. Sure,
you might claim that you're not responsible, but it just doesn't look good.
Standing on a landmine.
Obama's stance on the Ground Zero mosque should signal to Israel that the president is so wed to his ideology
that he will push it regardless of political conditions. US President Barack Obama's warm endorsement of
the plan to build a mosque by the ruins of the World Trade Center tells Israel — and its enemies —
everything we need to know about the president of the United States of America.
Bam to New York: Drop
Dead! Some New Yorkers literally did drop dead nine years ago, because they chose to end their
lives by falling from the top floors of the World Trade Towers rather than wait for the inferno to kill them
by burning and asphyxiation. President Obama's Friday night declaration of support for the Ground Zero
Mosque was a giant middle finger aimed at New Yorkers and America.
flimflammery in the name of faith. Barack Obama, like all flimflam men, is a master of words.
But unlike the best of the flimflam men, he can't keep his stories straight.
Why Stop at a Muslim Gay Bar?
Greg Gutfeld created quite a stir when he suggested building a bar catering to gay Muslim men next to the
proposed Cordoba House (read: 9/11 victory mosque). But why? The simple answer is that criticizing
Islam is incredibly taboo. But more paradoxically, criticizing Islam in a way that legitimately shows
its intolerance and barbarous abuse of human rights around the world appears to be even more off-limits.
Obama's Mosquerade. At a Ramadan Iftar dinner at the White House, the president says building a
mosque near Ground Zero is just a real estate deal. Of course, 9/11 was just a "man-caused disaster."
So is his presidency.
Cynical Brilliance of Imam Rauf. Almost everything about the proposed Ground Zero mosque was
cynically brilliant. Start with the notion of a "Cordoba Initiative." In the elite modern Western
mind, Cordoba has been transmogrified into a mythical Lala Land of interfaith tolerance. To invoke the
city is to prove one's ecumenical credentials.
Nancy Pelosi calls
for investigation into opponents of Ground Zero Mosque. The most powerful woman in government
"join[s] those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded." KCBS
radio in San Francisco interviewed the Speaker. ... Pelosi made a fool of herself calling the tea parties
"Astroturf," and this remark is, if anything, even stupider.
The Media and the Mega-Mosque. It was
deceptive. At a White House dinner with Muslims celebrating Ramadan, Barack Obama finally weighed in on
the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Incredibly, he lectured Americans about the religious freedom of
Muslims "that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in
Lower Manhattan." Those were prepared remarks, a clear and very deliberate effort to skirt the issue.
But this time, it was blatantly sophomoric, too.
poison. The San Francisco Democrat (actually, San Francisco roots explain a lot) wants to form
up a posse and set off after the evildoers fomenting opposition to the Ground Zero mosque. "There is no
question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some," she told a hometown radio
interview Tuesday. ... Now, if she succeeded in rounding up the obvious suspects, polls suggest she'd have
more than 60 percent of the American public in custody.
A speaker, not a listener.
These can't be easy times for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But even the prospect of a crushing defeat in November,
and the related recriminations from within her caucus (which probably have already commenced), can't explain
her call for an investigation regarding protests against the building of the Ground Zero Mosque.
incremental Islamization of America. According to polls, nearly seventy percent of Americans are
against building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. They instinctively understand that it's offensive
to build a mosque near the ground where radical Islamists perpetrated the worst domestic attack in American
history. ... Rather than debating whether or not Muslims should be allowed to build a mosque at Ground Zero
(they have a Constitutional right to do so), we should be questioning why they insist on building it in that
What Objection to the Ground
Zero Mosque Is Not. Liberals who two years ago abandoned their humdrum lives to become
career alarmists about Sarah Palin's Pentecostalism now wish to be taken seriously as misty-eyed champions
of America's tolerance of diverse faiths.
attack State Department program sponsoring Ground Zero imam's trip. Amidst the contentious
debate surrounding the building of a mosque and Islamic community center at Ground Zero, it was revealed that
the imam behind the project — Feisal Abdul Rauf — will soon be departing on a State
Department-sponsored trip to the Middle East — and American taxpayers will be footing the bill.
Who's in charge of the State
Department these days? Hillary Clinton.
There are no words to express the outrage Americans would have expressed if the Japanese government had
proposed to build a memorial to their fallen soldiers at Pearl Harbor immediately following World War II.
We can only hope President Truman would have ordered our military to carpet-bomb and firebomb the Japanese
again for being so rude and stupid. Slice it any way you want, but the Muslim community is being
tremendously rude and stupid for wanting to build a mosque so close to Ground Zero in New York City.
Orders Staff: 'Stop Using the Phrase "Ground Zero Mosque"'. In an unusual move, the
Associated Press has publicly released an advisory memo to its reporters on how to cover of the Ground Zero
mosque story — and the first rule is that journalists must immediately stop calling it
the "Ground Zero mosque" story.
cash might fund Ground Zero mosque. The developers of the Ground Zero mosque are refusing to
flat out reject cash for the project from Holocaust-denying Iranian nuke nut Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"I can't comment on that" was the reply of mosque spokesman Oz Sultan yesterday when asked specifically
if the fund-raising would extend to Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Looking for a Way out of the Mosque Mess. President Obama may not regret his decision to jump
into the Ground Zero mosque controversy, but many of his fellow Democrats seem to feel differently.
As more Democrats are ensnared in the controversy, pressure is building on the White House to solve the
problem the president created with his remarks.
mosque protest rally Sunday near Ground Zero. A grassroots coalition of groups opposing the
Cordoba House Islamic center and mosque's placement at Ground Zero will protest its construction Sunday
at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Park 51 site, on the northeast corner of West Broadway.
Report of Investigation Park 51.
What do "global warming," "global governance" and "sustainable development" have to do with the proposed
"Ground Zero mosque?" One would think absolutely nothing; however investigation into the money,
organizations and people behind the project has uncovered some revealing and disturbing connections.
An extensive analysis of these findings provides the missing insight into the larger agenda, motives and
modus operandi associated with what is now known as the Park51project. It also reveals the reasons
behind the persistence of the insipid and insulting project and why it remains viable in the face of such
Background of Cordoba House/Park 51 New York
mosque revealed on radio show. Master Private Investigator Doug Hagmann has done it again.
He has pieced together an intricate web of movements and money trails behind this New York mosque and poster
child for this project, Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf.
Erection of a Muslim Mosque at Ground Zero is
an Insult to All Americans. Since the very first mention of the erection of a Muslim Mosque
almost on top of the ground desecrated by Muslims in an attack to destroy Amerrica's financial capabilities
by fire-bombing the World Trade Center's two skyscraper buildings, Obama and his favorite people on earth,
the Muslims, have been lying about their plans for the new edifice.
Islam Will Prevail in America? The real battle for religious freedom lurks beneath the Ground Zero
mosque controversy. It is sadly ironic that our public debate presents the mosque proponents as the
partisans of liberty: That includes everyone from imam Feisal Rauf, the project's sharia-touting
sponsor, to President Obama, Mayor Bloomberg, and the rest of the Islamist-smitten Left, to the GOP's
own anti-anti-terrorist wing. Yet, wittingly or not, when they champion this mosque and its sponsors,
it is the agenda of an alien and authoritarian Islam that they champion — an Islam against which
many American Muslims chafe.
Zero' imam on Mideast tour to make Islam 'Americanized'. The imam behind the plan to build a
mosque near Ground Zero surfaced yesterday far from the controversy — in Bahrain, where he's on a
taxpayer-funded trip to the Middle East to spread good will. Appearing in public for the first time in
weeks, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, speaking at a mosque near Bahrain's capital of Manama, said he wants to "Americanize"
Islam — but dodged questions about the uproar over his planned mosque and community center.
Are those who want a mosque at Ground Zero,
Ameriphobes? It is hard to believe that liberal politicians and some media are saying that
those who oppose the mosque at Ground Zero are using the issue to divert attention away from real issues
like the economy. They have labeled the naysayers as Islamophobes: a term that has less meaning
today than ever before. Here's why.
Standing for Freedom Against Pelosi.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent threat to "investigate those opposing the mosque" at Ground Zero is
indicative of how sick our once-free society has become. Clearly her remarks were directed at those of us
who are leading the opposition to the gross offense and humiliation of the Ground Zero Islamic supremacist
mosque. But more than that, it is a direct threat to the 70% of Americans vehemently opposed to the
someone mention Nancy Pelosi?
Stuck on Stupid. Aside from their
general ineptitude, President Barack Obama, New York City Michael Bloomberg, and Speaker of the House Nancy
Pelosi, three of the most influential politicians in the country, have something else in common: they
are completely and utterly wrong on the Ground Zero Mosque debate.
Obama Backing Mosque Defies Religious Freedom.
As the emotional debate over building the Ground Zero Mosque continues, President Obama announced his support
for the Muslim initiative. ... In citing the need to preserve "the writ of our Founders," Obama ignores
history and a major concern about Islam cited by two of our Founding Fathers. He also fails to grasp
the concept that religious tolerance does not mean embracing religious intolerance.
Obama's Muslim Outreach. It has
been clear to all from the start that religious freedom has never been the issue with the Ground Zero mosque.
Beyond that, and according to an Aug. 6-10 CNN Poll, 68% of Americans oppose construction of the mosque
with 29% favoring construction. If the Muslim community — 1.3% of the U.S.
population — were sincere about promoting religious tolerance in the United States, one would
think it would demonstrate that by showing enough discretion to build the mosque elsewhere. Unless
promoting religious tolerance is not really the issue.
Islam is the New
Communism. Paul Hsieh wrote an excellent article about America's weakness in regards to the
war against terrorists. However, he claimed that the mosque is distracting us from the real issue of
Iran's nuclear weapons program. I respectfully disagree. The real issue is that we are fighting
a war with Islam. The mosque, rather than distracting America, has brought her full attention to it.
Speaker of the
Institutionalized. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a national embarrassment with a long
train of gaffes and abuses. ... Pelosi told a San Francisco radio station on Tuesday [8/24/2010] that she wants to know
who's funding those opposed (make that nearly 70 percent of Americans) to building a mega mosque at
De Facto Affirmative Action Program For Islam. The planned building of that mosque at Ground
Zero — the story that should not and will not go away — has reopened a national wound.
The in-your-face-absurdity of the whole thing is missed only by elitist politicians and those willfully blind
to history, not to mention clear and present danger. The poster child for such nefarious naiveté
has to be New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
The No-Go Mojo Man.
Nowhere is Obama's lack of metaphoric testosterone clearer than in his tack with the Ground Zero mosque
issue. Obama said that the mosque should be built because this is a simple "freedom of religion" issue,
which of course is false — the mosque can be built anywhere, just not on the secular holy site
that is Ground Zero. ... The real issue here is the one Obama did not address: the responsibility of
Islamism for the 9/11 attacks, and the association between the Muslims backing the Ground Zero mosque and
Imam Thanks Obama.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf used his taxpayer-funded Mideast tour yesterday to praise President Obama's qualified
support for the mosque near Ground Zero. "I am grateful to President Barack Obama and all those who
expressed support for our project," Abdul Rauf said at a dinner for student leaders in the Gulf state of
Bahrain, the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain reported.
Is Obama 'American
Enough'? The good news for President Obama is that this week is likely to be better for him than
last week was. The bad news? Last week! A week so bad, as we observed Friday, that the president
ended it by clinging to his religion as the media revived the stupid-people-think-he's-Muslim trope. This,
of course, was the result of his decision at the end of the previous week to weigh in on, then run away from,
the debate over the Ground Zero mosque.
Talk About a Cartoon Controversy.
Why is no one questioning the media's sham portrait of the Cordoba House/Park 51 mosque detractors? On
Sunday, the New York Times' Frank Rich leveled a flurry of nasty accusations at those on "the neocon and the
Fox News Right" who object to the placement of the mosque near Ground Zero. He substantiated none of them.
The document that should stop the Islamic
"Victory Mosque". Racists, Xenophobes and bigots. Those are just a few terms used to
describe the opponents of the Islamic center planned near Ground Zero. These characterizations could
possibly be avoided, however, by more fact-based protest. To date, defenders of the center seemed
undeterred, despite all that is know about the project front man. Look just a bit deeper.
The Sharia Law Victory Mosque Must Go.
I'm getting pretty peeved by likes of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Time Magazine, the mainstream media and
every other liberal jerk out there claiming the 70% of Americans who oppose the Ground Zero mosque are a
bunch of ignorant bigots.
The Mosque Is About Submission Not Tolerance.
The Muslim sponsors of the 11-story, $100 million Cordoba House, to be built just blocks from ground
zero, claim it will serve as a bridge between Islam and the West. But its construction is inciting a
level of anger that can only serve to mute potential dialog and, most sense that its location is really
meant as provocation and humiliation.
It Comes to the Ground Zero Mosque: 'Truth Is the New Hate Speech'. The left is dismissive of
the grief and offense caused by the prospect of a victory mosque at Ground Zero. The left is contemptuous
of how 9/11 families and the majority of Americans feel; they're sick in their fierce rush to erect the mosque.
They're even trying to blame me for America's natural and logical response to an Islamic supremacist mosque
being built on a site that was part of the 9/11 attack. The Geller hit pieces have been coming fast and
furious and obvious, as if discrediting me will make the pain and anger over the mosque go away.
One Mosque at a Time.
In 630 AD, Muslims captured Islam's holiest city, Mecca. It was there that a mosque was erected at
the Ka'aba on the site of a building built by Abraham, the Judeo-Christian Old Testament father of faith.
Muslims honor Patriarch Abraham for siring desert-dweller Ishmael, son of slave woman Hagar. Muslims claimed
Abraham for Islam by building a mosque around the original Abrahamic structure, encircling the building and
calling it the Masjid al-Haram. In the 7th century, when Islam triumphed over Damascus, the Church of
Saint John the Baptist (believed to enshrine the head of the baptizer) was destroyed and replaced with a
mosque. ... Most notably, the struggle for religious dominance continues between the Muslims and the Jewish
seed of Isaac on what was once the Jewish Temple Mount, site of Solomon's Temple.
The Mosque. This will be short
and to the point. Of course there should be no mosque built in New York City near the site we call simply
Ground Zero — the place where once stood two towering buildings filled with life and people and
commerce. All disappeared at the hands of some fanatically driven Muslims nine years ago and now it's
just an empty place called Ground Zero. And — incredibly — some think it would be a
good idea to build a mosque and an Islamic community center very close by. A mosque, of course, is a
place of worship exclusively for members of the very religion in whose name the twin towers were attacked and
the people massacred. To most of us this is unthinkable.
Support Of Ground Zero Mosque. The very idea of having a mosque built close to Ground Zero —
where thousands of innocent people were murdered by Islamic radicals — would have been inconceivable in
an age of sanity. Instead, liberal politicians such as Mayor Bloomberg and State Attorney General Cuomo are
bending over backward to turn this into a religious rights issue. Why? Because they're cowards.
In On Ground Zero. Among the prime planners of a $100 million Islamic center and mosque
near Ground Zero, it's not just Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is visiting the Middle East this summer at U.S.
taxpayer expense. The State Department is also about to send Rauf's wife and Cordoba Initiative fellow
director, Daisy Khan, on her own taxpayer-funded "public diplomacy" trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi Patron. New dots are emerging from the probe into who's behind the Ground Zero mosque, and the
radical Muslim Brotherhood is coming into view.
Making Everybody Angry. It's almost as if President Obama's agenda includes provoking anger at
himself. Taking opposite sides over a two-day span, Obama first indicated opposition to the building of
a mosque on the edge of Manhattan's Ground Zero, and the next day opposed the idea. After voicing his
support Friday night, he reversed himself after his remarks sparked a firestorm of criticism, saying that he
was merely noting that the Mosqueteers had a right to build there.
Mosque Supporter Can't Bring Himself to Call Hamas a Terrorist Organization. Like his friend
Imam Feisal Rauf, Imam [Dawoud] Kringle won't answer the question. I pressed him, pointing out that it
is a very simple question. And it is: Quite apart from the fact that Hamas is formally
designated as a terrorist organization under U.S. law, Hamas's own charter makes abundantly clear —
indeed, wears like a badge of honor — that Hamas exists solely for the purpose of driving Israel
out of Palestine by violent jihad. Yet the imam cannot bring himself to say Hamas is a terrorist organization.
Imam Rauf Going to Be Another Reverend Wright? Self-described Sufi moderate Imam Rauf may prove
to be an Islamic version of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. With Wright, the Left kept insisting that outrage
over his racist and anti-American remarks was driven by right-wing racism, and for a while, the narrative
worked — hence Obama's pre-under-the-bus assertion that he "could no more disown Reverend Wright
than" etc. But then Wright committed the mortal sin of insulting the elite media right at their embryo,
at the D.C. National Press Club. So too Imam Rauf.
someone mention Jeremiah Wright?
Recovery Bummer. "There is no
question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have
called for looking into how ... this opposition to the mosque is being funded." -- House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi, weighing in on the proposed Ground Zero mosque. Boy do I feel silly. I've made a
"political issue" out of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in two straight columns, and no one has
"funded" me a nickel for it.
latest verbal blunder. Discussing the Ground Zero Mosque: "Suppose they built this thing
right square over....right over the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem." Obviously, he does not realize that the
Dome of the Rock Muslim "Shrine" was built directly on the site of the 2nd Temple...
Michelle Obama made dusk visit to Great Mosque
of Granada during Spanish trip. While President Barack Obama was "forcefully" endorsing the
Ground Zero Mosque, Michelle Obama was paying homage with her presence to the Great Mosque at Granada, which
overlooks what was once Islam's most important outpost in Europe, the Alhambra palace in Granada.
American 'Bigots' Versus Media Propagandists.
Once the Constitutional issue was resolved — and it was resolved when Americans demonstrated that they
clearly understood the First Amendment — the issue became one of respect. How has the left
framed the issue of respect? Americans must completely respect Muslim sensibilities — even as
the Muslims involved with the project completely ignore Americans' feelings.
News Tries To Incite Incident At Mosque Protest. In 1989 during my first gig as an investigative
reporter with the Guam Tribune, my editor sat me down and I've never forgotten his warning, "It's the job of
the news media to report the news, not incite it." Tell that to ABC News.
News Issues 'Reprimand' To Their Ground Zero Mosque Plant. ABC News has reprimanded one of its
employees for trying to start some kind of ruckus during Sunday's Ground Zero Mosque protest.
near ground zero and its meanings. Rest assured that Islamic extremists abroad are watching
avidly. They see Americans debating the legality and the wisdom of the mosque's placement, and chuckle
at how easy it is to turn our curious Western scruples against us.
Why the liberal elite finds Americans revolting. If you think it's offensive for a Muslim group
to exploit the 9/11 atrocity, you're an anti-Muslim bigot and un-American to boot. It is a claim so
bizarre, so twisted, so utterly at odds with common sense that it's hard to believe anyone would assert it
except as some sort of dark joke. Yet for the past few weeks, it has been put forward, apparently in
all seriousness, by those who fancy themselves America's best and brightest, from the mayor of New York all
the way down to Peter Beinart.
sheet. I noted awhile ago that Park51/Cordoba House developer Sharif El-Gamal appeared to have
no track record of any actual shovel-in-the-ground projects, and today's NY Daily News reveals the real-estate
investor's rather lengthy rap sheet.
payment loans at Ground Zero mosque? This is a proposed $70 million, tax exempt loan to a
house of worship that also would pay no taxes to the City of New York, to finance a structure opposed by a
majority of New Yorkers. The city's officials find no problem with this, apparently.
Behind the Mosque. We've had nearly a month now of fruitless acrimony over the Ground Zero mosque.
About everything that can be said has been said. Little-read Newsweek and Time have published a near dozen
"I accuse" essays about America's supposedly yokel intolerance — as if we did not get their message
at about screed two.
Ground Zero Imam: I've
'Always Been' a Jew and a Christian. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are one in the same.
That's according to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Ground Zero mosque. And New York City
mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees.
Absurd Lies about
Cordoba. The idea that Muslims, Christians, and Jews "lived and shared together" in medieval
Cordoba could perhaps be dismissed as a rhetorical flight of fancy, but the idea that Christianity and the
Inquisition ended the brilliance of Cordoba is a deliberate lie.
Hatch stands up
for Park51. Breaking ranks with fellow Republicans who have widely criticized President Obama's
First Amendment defense of the proposed Islamic center near ground zero, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch weighed in Monday
Islamic Building Near Ground Zero is Offensive. Our founding fathers were come fresh from the
crushing domination of the Church of England, the government established "ruling" church. The framers
of the Constitution and it's subsequent amendments had no problem (reference the Federalist Papers for
further reading on this) with the American people including or excluding God in any other aspect of either
public and certainly private life, as long as it did not become the "established government religion", like
say, oh I don't know, Sharia Law wants to be!
House and the Myth of Cordoban 'Ecumenism'. The "Golden Age" of pluralistic Muslim rule, alluded
to by Rauf's proposed mosque title, has been thoroughly debunked by historians.
Why There Shouldn't Be a Mosque at Ground Zero.
Those favoring construction of a 15-story mega-mosque at Ground Zero say that those who oppose it are racists
and bigots. It is absurd to suggest that the 70% of Americans who oppose the building of the mosque do
so out of hatred of Muslims. Americans don't want a victory mosque marking the site of the 9/11 attacks.
They don't want an insult to the 3,000 Americans who were murdered there by Islamic jihadists and for whom
Ground Zero is a cemetery.
lawmaker: Mosque opponents are birthers, 'proponents of bigotry'. Rep. Keith Ellison
(D-Minn.), one of two Muslims serving in Congress, recently claimed that opposition to the planned Lower
Manhattan mosque is not led by 9/11 families, but by birthers and religious bigots. In an interview with
BBC Radio that aired Monday, Ellison sought to undermine opponents of the proposed Islamic center to be built
two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Eternal Flame of
Muslim Outrage. Shhhhhhh, we're told. Don't protest the Ground Zero mosque. Don't
burn a Koran. It'll imperil the troops. It'll inflame tensions. The "Muslim world" will
"explode" if it does not get its way, warns sharia-peddling imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Pardon my national
security-threatening impudence, but when is the "Muslim world" not ready to "explode"? At the risk of
provoking the ever-volatile Religion of Perpetual Outrage, let us count the little-noticed and forgotten ways.
Muslim Non-Assimilation. The small
town of Richmond, Maine, offers a key to understanding why we need be concerned, not only about building a
mosque at Ground Zero in New York City, but anywhere.
Don't Make Me Behead You! The
flim flam imam ought to run for congress. It's just a matter of time before the Democrats recruit him.
He's a natural master of doublespeak. Rauf issued his warning about inflaming the normally peaceful and
tolerant Muslim world right after assuring us that had he the slightest inkling that building a Victory Mosque
at Ground Zero would cause upset, he never would have proposed such a thing. Of course, if the Victory
Mosque doesn't go forward, we will be severely punished. Be nice to the jihads and maybe they'll behead
Who Is the Enemy? According to a
Washington Post poll, two-thirds of Americans do not want the Cordoba House mosque built near ground zero, and
half of all Americans harbor negative views about Islam. They don't want the mosque by ground zero
because they think Islam had something to do with those 3,000 massacred Americans. Are they entirely
wrong? How do we win a long war when we cannot name the enemy?
Times, the Mosque and Islam — No Moral Nuance. One of the most common self-assessments
of the left is that conservatives rarely see nuances in moral questions, while liberals always do. That
this is a false conceit can be demonstrated with regard to almost any position held by the left. There is
no nuance in liberal positions on abortion, race-based affirmative action, capital punishment, embryonic stem
cell research or just about any other social issue. Two such issues are the current Cordoba House Islamic
center controversy and Americans' perceptions of Islam.
Wars of Islam. [Scroll down] In regard to the Park51 mosque, both critics and supporters
are getting the context wrong. They're framing the debate as if it were a New York or American affair —
a local dispute over land use. This is dangerously naive. The context isn't New York in the year
2010, but the whole world since the seventh century. If you ignore that, you miss the entire point, and
are reduced to explaining the protests as examples of bigotry or religious intolerance.
Rauf on the Ropes. The white flag
hasn't reached the top of the flagpole yet, but Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf all but surrendered on Monday morning
[9/13/2010] in his battle to build a Muslim interfaith community center with a prayer room two blocks from
Crawling Out from under
the Rauf. [Scroll down] The objective of the stealth jihadists and the Muslim Brotherhood
proxies in the U.S. (CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, MAS, MSA, et al.) is to impose Islam and Sharia on the U.S., and so it
is with Ground Zero Mosque Imam [Feisal Abdul] Rauf. Rauf is mainstreaming the Sharia and the jihad
ideology. And in suggesting that those of us defending American freedom and opposing his Ground Zero
mosque are "extremists," he is trying to place 70% of Americans squarely on the same moral playing field as
the Muslim terrorists who flew planes into buildings and have since committed close to 20,000 Islamic attacks
of violent jihad across the world.
Obvious Questions on the Ground Zero Mosque. The Cordoba Initiative's planned thirteen-story
Islamic community center which will be constructed at only 600 feet from Ground Zero, and the ensuing
political turmoil that it has created, demonstrates the exact point of ideological battle that is the
civilizational clash between Islam and the West. Much of the media has gone off the deep end, painting
any opposition to a mosque near Ground Zero as typical American Islamophobia (though regrettably for some,
like the burn a Quran crazies, it is just that). Meanwhile hate crimes against Jews continues to
outstrip those against Muslims by 6 to 1 with hardly a yawn from the media.
Welcome to Islamerica.
In Islamerica, you have freedom of speech so long as what you say does not offend Muslims. Take Derek Fenton,
the New Jersey transit worker, who burned a few pages of the Koran on Saturday, September 11. He
chose to do so in front of the proposed Ground Zero mosque site in New York. Police quickly escorted him
away, presumably for fear his actions would send already rambunctious protesters into a rabid frothing frenzy.
On Monday, Fenton went to his New Jersey state job and received his pink slip. He was fired. For
weekend behavior in another state.
Zero Imam's Group Trained NY Times Mosque Reporter. A New York Times reporter, who has
co-authored several fawning articles on the Ground Zero mosque, previously attended a media training
program run by the mosque's organizer, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, according to the group's website.
Take Back America: What does it mean?
Far-left wackos believe George Bush blew up the Twin Towers. This same crowd reacts as vampires at the
very mention of anything Christian while preaching to us about being more tolerant of Muslims. They
support the building of a mosque near Ground Zero. Filmmaker Michael Moore, whose movies reflect a belief
that America is the greatest source of evil in the world, said, "I am opposed to the building of the 'mosque'
two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on Ground Zero."
Islamic deception in lower Manhattan.
At the direction of some of the principal planners of the Islamic cultural center at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan,
Muslims from across the five boroughs of New York and New Jersey are quietly being urged to attend Friday prayer
services that are being held at the former Burlington retail store on Park Place. This is being done to
deceptively inflate Muslim demographics in lower Manhattan while creating a misleading but convincingly
effective visual display of the need for the center.
Crime & Punishment in Islamic Law.
This article examines classic Islamic law, the "Shari'ah," regarding crime and punishment. Recently, the
"Ground Zero Imam" Egyptian Feisal Abdul Rauf claimed Muslim and American law were essentially the same.
Taxes For The Ground Zero Mosque. Developers of the Ground Zero mosque have applied for federal grant money
to help with its construction. They may have the right to build it, but having taxpayers foot the bill would be the
NBC "People of the Year;" shades of 1939.
In the event you didn't tune in to the NBC Thanksgiving special "People of the Year" with Matt Lauer, you missed
that distinction being bestowed upon (among others) Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind the "Ground Zero mosque"
in New York City. Appearing very comfortable answering a short series of softball questions from "Lauer the
enabler," El Gamal wants us to believe that his intentions to build an iconic symbol of Islamic conquest
Hits The Wall. [Scroll down] The summer was in large part given
over to a public debate concerning the New York "victory mosque," a Muslim "community center" proposed
as a replacement for a building so close to the WTC site that it had been heavily damaged during the
attack. Spearheading the effort was an imam named Feisal Abdul Rauf, one of those lucky individuals
chosen by the government as a representative of Islam. Rauf was employed by the State Department to
plead the American case to Muslims overseas. The mosque controversy was one of the encounters that
sets the public at large in direct opposition to the elite. Americans as a whole were repelled by
the proposal, while academic, media, and government figures (among them Bloomberg and Obama) feigned
Collusion. They're emailing each other? The New York Daily News reported Thursday [12/23/2010] that
"Mayor Bloomberg's top deputies went to great lengths to help those trying to build a mosque at Ground Zero — even
drafting a letter to the community board for them, newly released documents show. City Hall on Thursday released
a flurry of emails between its brass and Feisal Abdul Rauf, the imam pushing to build a mosque near the sensitive site,
and his supporters."
20 Most Annoying Liberals of 2010. [#3] Feisal Abdul Rauf: It's bad enough
that this creep insists on trying to build a celebratory mosque at Ground Zero, but the fact that he's
applying for government funds to do it and keeps claiming it's about "building bridges" makes him
New Foundation. Ground Zero mosque promoters think they've found a less radioactive
frontman for their project. But their new imam appears worse than the one they're sidelining.
Ground Zero Mosque's New Imam has Radical Ties.
After dominating the headlines in the run up to the November elections, the controversy over a proposed
thirteen-story Islamic cultural center and mosque to be located two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan
has largely abated. Last week, however, the developers of Park 51, as the project is known, suddenly
announced that the controversial imam who had been the chief public proponent of the mosque was leaving the
project to focus on other initiatives.
imam quits embattled Islamic community center. A Park51 imam announced his resignation Friday,
just three weeks after being appointed to his post at the embattled Islamic community center in New York,
according to a written statement Friday [2/4/2011].
Mosque's relocation not to be
believed. A New York City construction worker who witnessed the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001, is skeptical about a recent comment from the Muslim cleric at the center of
the controversial "Ground Zero" mosque. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told The Buffalo News recently
that if a suitable site was offered, he would consider another location for what is now being called
the Park51 project.
Supremacism Trumps Christianity at Ground Zero. While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
works in anxious haste to build the cultural obscenity that is the Ground Zero mosque, the iconic St. Nicholas
Greek Orthodox Church, which was built in 1916 and destroyed in the attack on the World Trade Center towers by
Muslim terrorists, remains vanquished, unable to rebuild.
Zero Mosque Financier Accused of Fraud. Allstate Insurance is suing Hisham Elzanaty,
the Ground Zero Mosque's top financial backer, for running a "highly developed and sophisticated
kickback scheme." He is alleged to have fraudulently set up medical facilities, despite not
being a licensed professional. He then presented Allstate Insurance with inflated medical
bills and engaged in illegal fee-splitting arrangements, it is claimed. He is being sued by
Allstate for $5.1 million.
9/11 memorial without
prayer. [Mayor Bloomberg]'s tone-deaf moral equivalence when it comes to Ground Zero sensibilities
is still stunning. Faced with opposition to the proposed mosque, he said, "I think it's fair to say if
somebody was going to try, on that piece of property, to build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be
yelling and screaming." No, because it wasn't Christians or Jews who hijacked jetliners and rammed them
into the Trade Center's Twin Towers, killing nearly 3,000 people. That's kind of an important detail.
Ed seeks to evict Ground Zero mosque unless developer pays back rent. Con Ed has given the Ground
Zero mosque an ultimatum: Pay the $1.7 million you owe in back rent, or we'll terminate your lease
and take back our property.
No community programs at 'Ground Zero' mosque a
year after the controversy. It's all pray and no play. The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great
fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs.
Zero mosqueteers are liars: No community programs, just prayer. The NY Post sounds surprised that the Ground Zero mosqueteers were
liars. We're not. It's the modus operandi of mega-mosque builders. Sell it as one thing, but build a beachhead for Islamic
The Ground Zero Mosque and Media Sleight of Hand.
The entire controversy over the Ground Zero mosque is an illuminating example of how the media manipulates public perceptions. Now the
central deception — that the Ground Zero mosque was never really a mosque at all — has been fully revealed. [...] The entire
episode showed how far the mainstream media's version of events can be from reality — an increasingly important lesson nowadays.
Ousted Ground Zero mosque leader
stole millions, suit says. The married founder and former religious leader of the controversial Ground Zero mosque
project allegedly embezzled millions from his Muslim charity to lavish gifts on a special lady friend, buy a sports car and vacation
around the globe, according to a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled financial backer.
'Ground Zero mosque' imam accused of pocketing donations. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by several donors,
accuses Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf of diverting $167,000 from private donations and $3 million from the Malaysian government for his
The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples. [#28] Ground Zero Mosque:
The media outdid itself in the Ground Zero Mosque battle and always came down on the side of those that wanted to build the thing on the very grounds where Muslims
murdered so many thousands of Americans on that dark day on September 11, 2001. Take an AP report, for instance, that tried to characterize the Ground
Zero Mosque as just one of many Muslim mosques in the area.
Official: Ground Zero Mosque Defeated! It was a long battle. President Obama announced his support for the
mosque at an Iftar dinner, no less. Then-Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg supported the mosque as well, claiming
hysterically that "if we don't build it, the terrorists will win!" The media actively campaigned for it — the elites
in their increasingly fragile ivory towers relentlessly stumped for the Cordoba mosque (euphemistically called an Islamic center
with a prayer space) for years. And yet despite all this opposition and much more, the people stood up and fought
against the Ground Zero Mosque, and won. An army of Davids.
Financing for Condos, Islamic Museum at Ground Zero. The New York Post reports that Sharif El-Gamal and
his banking partners announced Wednesday [5/18/2016] that he secured "Sharia-compliant financing" to build a luxury
condominium tower and an Islamic museum on the same site as the proposed Ground Zero Mosque — four blocks away
from where the Twin Towers once stood. [...] El-Gamal scrapped his plans to build the mosque in 2011 after receiving
tremendous backlash from the community, but according to the Post, his plans for a smaller museum seem to be passing
under the radar unchallenged.
Devoted to Islam Now Planned for Mosque Site Near Ground Zero. The developer who once proposed a mosque and
Muslim community center near ground zero now plans a museum devoted to Islam at the same site. Sharif El-Gamal said in
a statement he wants to build a three-story museum "dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture."
He said he commissioned French architect Jean Nouvel to design a 5,000-square-foot museum. The building also would
include a sanctuary for prayer services and community programs.
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