Gerald Warner: Ground Zero mosque is an insult to 9/11 victims

By Gerald Warner

A MOSQUE is not the most provocative structure that could be erected in the vicinity of New York’s Ground Zero – an al-Qaeda training school, for example, would arouse more antipathy – but in the catalogue of tactless initiatives an Islamic cultural centre and mosque rank pretty high. This inflammatory gesture has so offended majority opinion in America that it is now set to become a major issue in the mid-term elections in November.

Ground Zero is the inelegant name for the Lower Manhattan site that is now America’s most evocative national shrine. In the Trade Center, whose twin towers formerly stood there, 2,752 people were murdered by Islamist fanatics. To erect a mosque just two blocks from that site is testing American tolerance to breaking point. Polls show that two thirds of the nation are opposed to this development and regard it as an insult to the 9/11 victims. They are right.

The stock excuse of Muslim and secular liberal supporters of the development, called Cordoba House, is that the 9/11 terrorists were promoting a perverted version of Islam, whereas Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who is heading the project, is a leading moderate involved in reconciliation work with non-Muslims. That argument would hold more water if Imam Rauf’s interfaith irenicism extended to recognising the sensitivities of 9/11 victims’ families and the wider public, impelling him to transfer the project to an alternative site. Instead, he has already rejected an offer by Governor David Paterson of New York to provide municipal land in a less sensitive area.

Such intransigence is more eloquent than Rauf’s writings about how inoffensive Islam is. Among New York’s 600,000 Muslims there is a general view that the mosque must be built. One of them said: “If this really is a free country then, by all rights, you must, you must allow it.” Nobody is denying that right to the Muslim community: even opponents of the mosque acknowledge the right to build it; what is in question is the wisdom of doing so and the lack of sensitivity towards the feelings of other Americans that it displays. Muslim comment on the subject has largely expressed a stubborn determination to proceed, with the paranoid implication that to change the site would somehow abdicate their rights as citizens: it has become a virility symbol.

Islamic paranoia pales to insignificance beside that of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and, within the ranks of Democrat fanatics, capo di tutti fruitcakes. Pelosi has created her own conspiracy theory: she has called for an investigation into the protests against the project, which she described as a “concerted effort to make this a political issue by some”, and to discover who is funding it.

When the Speaker of the House of Representatives imagines it would require funding to motivate Americans to protest against a mosque close to Ground Zero, it demonstrates the total divorce of the Obama clique from the feelings of mainstream America.

Her demand for an investigation also highlights the police-state mentality of the regime in confronting opposition.

The central axiom of politics in America today is that no situation is ever so dire that it cannot be aggravated by the intervention of Barack Obama. This controversy is no exception. On 13 August, at a White House dinner to celebrate the breaking of the Ramadan fast, Obama declared: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practise their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community centre on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”

Some people might have thought that a foolhardy stance by a president with an Islamic background who has inexplicably lost his birth certificate. Democrats facing re-election at the November mid-terms must have wondered what more Obama could do to seal their doom. Many of those headed for the electoral abattoir must have made their feelings known, for the very next day President Pantywaist was in reverse gear: “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there.”

That was an impressive demonstration of Obama’s skill in alienating all points of view in just 48 hours. This row will not go away. A protest rally is planned for 11 September, at which Geert Wilders will be a speaker.

American Muslims have only themselves to blame for the mounting hostility towards them. Newt Gingrich has called the mosque “an assertion of Islamist triumphalism”. What it undoubtedly reveals is how far the Islamic community, doggedly pursuing a “right” at the expense of sensitivity to others’ pain, remains unassimilated into mainstream America.

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2 thoughts on “Gerald Warner: Ground Zero mosque is an insult to 9/11 victims”

  1. I think the key words here are Rauf is “involved in reconciliaton work with non-muslims.” How is the building of a mosque at Ground Zerop part of reconciliation? That puzzles me greatly.

  2. (ran into this on the net just now)

    IMAM BLOOMBERG’S SHARIA MOSQUE !

    Mayor “Napoleon” Bloomberg and his backstabbing cronies (including Obama and Pelosi) must have a $tupendou$ rea$on for wanting a sharia-hugging mosque near Ground Zero – a mosque threatening the collapse of the Islamophile Democrats come November!
    God-haters and America-haters may not realize how high the collective temperature has now risen in the hearts of true American patriots – many of whom are now willing to die for America right here in America if they get pushed completely over the line by traitors!
    Since the nation’s headquarters for treason is the White House, readers can enjoy related material if they Google “Obama Avoids Bible Verses” and “Obama Supports Public Depravity.” (This police-protected kinkiness, observable by children, occurs in “Madam” Nancy Pelosi’s brothel district; Google “Zombietime” and see “Up Your Alley Fair”!)
    Also Google “Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman” in addition to Googling “Obama…destined to become a black-slavery avenger.”
    And by all means visit Googleland and type in “Government-Approved Illegals” and “Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham.”
    I hope Mayor Bloomberg, dressed as Napoleon, will thoroughly enjoy his mosquerade party!
    PS – Since Jane Fonda still loves leftist causes, here’s a one-liner I penned during the Vietnam War era that the big Kansas City paper ran: “I’m not Fonda Jane; her Laosy remarks Hanoi me!”

    By a Kansas Patriot
    (who won FIRST PLACE over 2200 entrants in a nationwide Americanism Essay Contest !)

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