Card 1: The Ground Zero Mosque will be an Interfaith Cultural Center (but it will actually be a shrine to “the one true faith.” We will engage in interfaith dialogues but we have no intention of compromising.)
Card 2: Your First Amendment allows us to do whatever we want, wherever we want (even though we have no intention of adhering to your constitutional principles when they conflict with the higher Sharia Law and we look forward to the future glory of the United Caliphate States of America.)
Card 3: If you oppose us you are a bigot, intolerant of our religious freedom (even though we refuse to dignify your questions and concerns.)
When you look at The Ground Zero Mosque debate, the passionate stance taken by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, as well as other local political leaders, in support of the Three-Card Monte played by Feisal Abdul Rauf and political Islamists at Ground Zero, the true nature of what is really going on becomes clear. “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” But one thing is clear: the will of the people is seen as an irritant and clearly irrelevant. Political correctness has been used to disable a legitimate coherent debate.
Students of history, at least the history of the last century might recognize the quote mentioned above as being the words of Winston Churchill who uttered them the last disastrous time the cognoscenti under estimated a profound threat to our way of life and lured us down the garden path and over the cliff. In the words of Winston Churchill, who was dismissed and ridiculed for his warnings about the steps necessary to thwart Hitler and the growing communist threat in Russia:
“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
The man, who never ever raised his voice to support the rebuilding of the Twin Towers, iconic symbols of American achievement, ingenuity and possibility and instead whose vision or lack thereof contributed to The Great Enigmatic Compromise at Ground Zero, has become the most ardent and outspoken supporter of the Ground Zero Mosque. One has to wonder whether this is: (a) the fight of a principled man concerned about protecting First Amendment rights of a disenfranchised minority (b) a calculated strategic political gambit to preserve his standing among liberal elites and a growing fifth column of voters in Urban America who may be less forgiving of a nuanced position when he runs for President in 2012 (c) misguided passion of an elitist hypocrite, pure chutzpah or (d) something else entirely?
Bloomberg’s Folly: Ignoring Public Opinion & The Will of the People
Bloomberg in a radio address last week dismissed and denounced the mosque opponents as “a handful of people who ought to be ashamed of themselves,” This is a curious analysis by our Mayor given that the “handful of people” happen to be 60% of New Yorkers. According to a recent Sienna Institute poll six out of 10 New Yorkers oppose plans to build a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks [CNN Poll Update: 68% of American Voters Oppose Ground Zero Mosque.] It is ironic to say the least that the same majority of New Yorkers, actually an even higher percentage, wanted to see the Twin Towers rebuilt. If only Mayor Bloomberg had been as passionate in his support of rebuilding the Twin Towers as he is of the Ground Zero Mosque, the Towers would be open for business and the mosque would have none of its triumphalist appeal. Instead of ignoring and thwarting the legitimate will of the people Mayor Bloomberg and others might be wise to consider the words of President Abraham Lincoln.
“I freely acknowledge myself the servant of the people, according to the bond of service — the United States Constitution; and that, as such, I am responsible to them.”
“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.”
The Iron Fist in the Velvet Glove: Oil Money Influence & Islamic Concessions
Why would savvy politicians bet against the will of the people? One might surmise that from behind the scenes Oil money states and their political leaders may now be calling the shots in America with an ever increasing level of authority and influence. And why should they not when they have pumped billions if not trillions into our financial infrastructure? America’s dependence on foreign oil and the perceived vulnerability of an empire in decline as a result of the Economic Crisis of 2008, widespread fraud and distrust in the markets, the erosion of our manufacturing base, high unemployment with segments of the population restless, unsettled bordering on revolution, it seems almost a perfect time to extract a dividend in the form of some blood from the open wounds in our society. That blood may be to reform if not remake our culture in some way shape of or form as inducement to continued investment.
Among those reforms may be insistence on a kindler, gentler relationship with the Islamic community worldwide as well as within our own borders, perhaps even granting once unheard of concessions as a sign of a new détente with Islam. Further, one can also surmise from the growing insecurity of the Jewish community in America that Arab Muslim leaders want an equal seat at the table with AIPAC and the Israel Lobby including a right to dictate policy and placing the agenda of Islamists front and center in American life. A perception exists fairly or unfairly that America’s unique alliance with Israel and the Jewish Lobby makes America some how anti-Arab. Reversing that perception in the Arab Muslim world may require some retreat in American nationalistic pride, if not greater submission to elements of an Islamic system.
Viewed in this light, submission to the Ground Zero Mosque without reservation and without investigation of its funding seems to be a de facto acknowledgment that America must change its ways, a quid pro quo if you will; but at what price? Capitalism is the tie that binds us all across geopolitical lines in the civilized world. The House of Saud (Saudi Royals) and American friends in other OPEC nations need to understand, however, that forcing and Islamic culture on America will not necessarily lead to a more stable society as it has in their Middle Eastern Kingdoms. Even though Islam may help stabilize their nations, ultimately its clash with Western values may lead to a revolution in America and destabilization of our Democracy, which ultimately serves no one’s best interests.
The elites in our society refuse to explain this to the people, so instead they latch on to labeling citizens bigots and intolerant of religious freedom for opposing the Mosque, misappropriating the Constitution and misinterpreting the First Amendment to provide cover. Here is the rub: Say what you will about the moral compulsion of any religion, whether Christianity, Judaism or Islam as a check on man’s unbridled free spirit. Islam however, requires submission to “Collectivism”, which is antithetical to individual freedom, the rights of women, gays, minorities and the creative spirit of man.
Islam is on the march across the globe, forcing the leaders in Europe and the United States to wake up and take a second look to evaluate the agenda of this movement, its merits and the cultural divides and dangers to civilization, posed by an angry culture that is adamantly unwilling to assimilate; while altering the demographics and overburdening the system in many countries as a result of very high birth rates among Muslims.
ISLAM IS NOT A RACE: Questioning Islam is not “Racist” or Anti-Arab
Islam is not a “race” and while many Arabs are Muslim, not all Muslims are Arabs. According to Wikipedia: “Arab identity is defined independently of religious identity, and pre-dates the rise of Islam, with historically attested Arab Christian kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes. Today, however, most Arabs are Muslim, with a minority adhering to other faiths, largely Christianity, except in those nations were by Sharia Law the observance of other faiths and construction of Christian or Jewish places of worship is illegal.
According to Dr. Peter Hammond’s book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat: Islam is not a religion or a cult. It is a complete, total 100% system of life. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic, social and military components. The religious component is a beard for other components.
In the words of Seraphic Secret: “Islam is not just a religion. It is a social, political ideology whose stated purpose is to impose Sharia on all of humanity.” Thus, questioning the agenda of a an ideological movement with an imperialistic doctrine based on collectivism that is antithetical to and incompatible with Democracy, and a significant political apparatus infused with a warrior mentality, hardly makes one “racist.” Instead it makes one a realist about Mohammed, the warrior prophet who was the Founding General of Islam and the motives of those serving as foot soldiers and leaders in the multi headed fronts for its advancement that have risen like a hydra as an assault on Western Civilization: The Muslim American Society, Muslim Brotherhood, American Society for Muslim Advancement and Cordoba Initiative and CAIR. Islamists are using liberalism itself to destroy liberal secular societies from within.
Ground Zero Mosque: Building Bridges of Understanding?
If the Ground Zero Mosque is truly designed to be an inter-faith cultural center to breed understanding between different communities, then perhaps the folks behind the American Society For Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative would have no problem with the installation of the following:
(a) LGBT Wing Honoring LGBT Community Members in Muslim countries who died resisting the spread of Islam or from the imposition of Sharia Law or were simply hanged and killed for being gay;
(b) A Women’s Center: to honor Muslim women who were stoned to death, hanged or inflicted injuries on themselves to escape the cycle of abuse for for merely showing their face or illustrating disrespect for their owners (husbands) in Muslim States;
(c) Wall of Fame for Christians and Jews killed in the name of Islam; and
(d) Mohammed’s Wall: A special wall highlighting all of the Warrior Prophet Mohammed’squotes preaching love, tolerance and respect for non Muslims, women and the gay community and exhibits illustrating all of his “interfaith” life work and building bridges of understanding to non-believers of “the one true faith” (i.e., “infidels”). You could put his Mohammed’s Spear right next to this wall;
(e)Historical Mosque Conquering: A section devoted to the history of Islam’s destruction of Jewish and Christian temples of worship and the installation of Islamic Mosques in strategic locations throughout the world and an a further explanation of why Muslims in Europe are now demanding on joint use of Catholic Churches so that they may in effect expel Catholics from their houses of worship;
(f) Canyon of Islamic Heroes: A Canyon of Heroes in a designated corridors of the cultural center for all the Leaders in the Muslim Community who have condemned the atrocities of 9/11 and have questioned Political Islam’s agenda on the world stage: Women and Children Die First.
In a building of the size planned by the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society For Muslim Advancement, one would think that they could fit all of the above in a 2×2 room or on the back of a stall in the Men’s Room. Also maybe they would have no problem with the building of a Pork Plant or Sausage Shop right next door to the Islamic Interfaith Cultural Center? Or would building that so close to their center be considered intolerant or disrespectful (e.g., sort of like say the building of a Mosque near a War Memorial where Muslims killed Americans in the name of Islam?) Nevertheless, you must forgive me if I do not understand the moral imperative to build a mosque at or near Ground Zero or the World Trade Center.
HEAR ME LOUD & CLEAR: I am not a bigot. I am not intolerant. Liberal Piety won’t silence me. “Tolerance of the intolerant is not a virtue. It is suicide.” A society that stands for everything in the end stands for nothing at all. In a free society there is a danger of thinking that all ideas deserve equal recognition, respect, consideration or standing. Many of the so called “ideas” which serve as the underlying tenets of Islam have already been defeated in the marketplace of ideas. But if you sort through the scrap heap of human history, that is precisely where you will find the collectivist spirit of Islam on top of some broken office chairs once used by the Third Reich.
The First Amendment does not REQUIRE that the mosque be built at that location. There is room for a nuanced view. Even moderate Muslims know that the Ground Zero Mosque is designed to be a deliberate provocation. I do not need Mayoral pontification to dictate to me what the Constitution says, means or requires as he seeks to rationalize his unyielding support for the Ground Zero Mosque. Three years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School served me just fine to render my own analysis. Nevertheless, even if you cannot legislate or regulate against bad taste, you can choose to use your bully pulpit to honor the 60% of New Yorkers who are not bigots or intolerant but rather Americans of all faiths, and socioeconomic backgrounds and political affiliations that believe strongly that this is perhaps not the right place or the right time to erect political symbols or statements–especially in the name of greater interfaith understanding. Opposition to Cordoba House crosses religious, ethnic and ideological lines. Mr. Mayor, that you choose not to consider a nuanced view in light of the perspective of a majority of citizens of the metropolis you govern, opens up to inquiry and analysis your perceived agenda.
An interesting question raised by the evident pressure put on the Community Board, Landmarks Preservation Commission, etc. is whether our leaders aren’t in effect violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by trying to establish the mosque?
I can hardly ride a horse and am no Paul Revere, but my friends, it is time to wake up.
So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
The founders wrote the Declaration of Independence out of “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” but our imperial government seems to have little or no respect for its own people. It is operating by fiat and, in the case of the mosque, misappropriating the U.S. Constitution for cover.
But in any case, the Constitution cannot be used to invalidate the founding premise of the document that authorized our country’s existence and thereby the need for a constitution: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
We do not consent.