The Mosque at Ground Zero
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has just
demonstrated that you can become a billionaire in
America many times over, while being clueless about the
country you live in.
To Bloomberg, if you oppose a
mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, you are indulging in
religious bigotry and do not understand the
Constitution. Here is the mayor
explaining how the
heroes of 9/11 died so that mosques might be built
anywhere in New York City.
"On Sept. 11th, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the
scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than
400 of those first responders did not make it out alive.
In rushing into those burning buildings, no one asked,
`What god do you pray to? What beliefs do you hold?` We
do not honor their lives by denying the very
constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor
those lives by defending those rights, and the freedoms
those terrorists attacked."
The mayor appears to have
JFK`s speech to the Houston ministers, where Kennedy
Catholic`s right to run for president by invoking
heroic death of his brother Joe over the Channel.
But the issue here is not religious
tolerance. There are a hundred mosques in New York City.
The issue here is the appalling
insensitivity, if not
calculated insult, of erecting a mosque two blocks
from a World Trade Center where
3,000 Americans were massacred by Islamic fanatics
whose Muslim religion was integral to their identity and
It is no more religious bigotry to
oppose the Ground Zero Mosque than it would have been
religious bigotry to oppose building a Shinto shrine in
1950 on Ford Island in
Harbor, next to the
To Americans, the land on which the
twin towers stood is hallowed ground, a burial site made
sacred by the suffering and deaths of all who perished
in the horrifying minutes those towers burned and fell.
There are many such sites in
Lexington, Concord Bridge, Bunker Hill, Yorktown,
Alamo, Manassas—where the first battle of the War
Between the States was fought—Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg.
They did not fight development
because they opposed private enterprise, any more than
those who blocked the
licensing of a
casino beside Gettysburg battlefield did so because
they dislike gambling.
What is the purpose of this mosque
and Islamic center, the name of which, Cordoba House, is
taken from a city that became the Moorish capital after
Catholic Spain was conquered and
came under Islamic rule for eight centuries before
Reconquista of 1492?
How would Muslims in the Middle
East react to the building of a
Crusader House in the Holy Land, funded by the
Vatican and built around a chapel dedicated to Pope
Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is fronting
for the project, says its purpose is healing,
reconciliation, harmony. Taking him at his word, why
would Imam Feisal ferociously persist when the mosque
was clearly enraging the families of the fallen of 9/11
and dividing, not uniting, New York and the country.
Nor has Imam Feisal been
transparent about where he will come up with the $100
million for Cordoba House, or who is behind this, or
what is the need for a 13-story mosque and community
center so near where the twin towers stood.
As Claudia Rosett of Forbes has
learned, Imam Feisal has been running the Cordoba
Initiative, a charitable foundation whose total
contributions over the five years ending in 2008 came to
Yet he plans a 13-story mosque and
community center that will, he says, employ 150
full-time and 500 part-time workers.
Mayor Bloomberg`s statement also
reflects a naivete about why bin Laden and al-Qaida sent
those terrorists to wound our country and kill as many
of us as they could in the most dramatic way they could.
Al-Qaida did not attack us because
we have a free press and freedom of assembly. They sent
terrorists to smash and burn the symbols of U.S.
power—the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the
Capitol—because they hate our policies and, above all,
our presence in the Dar al-Islam, the House of Islam.
They wish to purify their region of the infidel,
establish a caliphate and live under sharia.
To them, we are the new Crusaders,
the new Romans, and by wounding and enraging us, they
sucked us into a war on their terrain.
And those firemen, police and
rescue workers did not run into those burning buildings
to defend constitutional rights, but, acting out of
bravery and love, to save their fellow men.
And as our God, the one true God,
said, "Greater love than this hath no man, than that he lay down his life for
Tell them to put their mosque
somewhere else, Mike.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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