The Mosque On Ground Zero
Freedom of religion Not religion interfering with freedom.
A German's View on Islam.
A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward Islamic fanaticism. Very few people were true Nazis, he said, but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.
We are told again and again by so called experts that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the silent majority, is cowed and extraneous.
Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. Chinas huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.
And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were peace loving?
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts--the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
This article will cover the actual issues of the proposed Mosque but before we do that lets take a look at the actual and deeper truth about Islam: Islam and the number of Muslims in our country are growing. America, the famous melting pot, is seeing the growth of Muslims places of worship, schools and cultural institutions. Yet Americans are openly questioning whether the fundamental assumption of our idle freedom of religion, namely that religion is a force for good in society, applies to Islam.
As we have seen in the case of the proposal to build a Mosque and Islamic center near ground zero, much of the discussion has been based on the almost mantra-like statements that Islam is a religion of peace and that it has been hijacked by Islamists and other Muslim radicalism fact, while there is no question that many Muslims, certainly in our country share the Judeo-Christian values of freedom and universal peace, such statements about Islam represent a gross misstatement. This would not constitute such a grave problem if not for the fact that it has let to misjudgment in terms of our counterterrorism strategy and long term domestic national security issues.
Islam classically teaches that it is based on five pillars: Testimony of faith (shehada) Prayer (Salat) Almsgiving (Zakat) Fasting (Sawm) and Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). However, early in the development of Islam, the obligation of JIHAD emerged as an additional norm. Despite claims to the contrary. JIHAD refers to the obligation to conquer, if need be violently. The Dar El-Harb (region of the Sword) and to join it to the Dar El-Islam, namely the areas already under Islamic domination. That this was a key aspect of the early Islam can be seen from the violent destruction of non-Muslim communities in the Arabian Peninsula and the successful conquest and forced conversion of the middle east by emergent Islam between 633-42 CE.
Indeed, it is this ideology of violent expansion that fired the initial spread of Islam. It is true that only the Kharijite (originated in the seventh century) actually elevated JIHAD to the status of a six pillar, yet in Islam as a whole JIHAD was certainly established as a MAJOR Principal in the religions early days and has become today a major part of the religion.
It is true that in medieval Islam as a whole these Jihadist tendencies were moderated substantially, but modern times brought with them a number of factors that have encouraged a return to the earlier Islam of Mohammed and his early followers. In the last two centuries, substantial groups of Muslims, most notably the Salafis and Wahabis (often considered as one because they have effectively merged), have sought to return to the Islam of the early years of JIHAD and conquest.
This means that they idolize the period in which Mohammed fought against Jews and Christians in the Arabian Peninsula and which Arab tribesman violently conquered the Middle East. These groups follow Ibn Tamiyya and other medieval extremists and practice a fundamentalist Islam that sees any accommodation to modern western values as treachery and heresy.
So which version of Islam is really authentic? The peaceful religion that evolved in some parts of the medieval world that still exists among many modern Muslims OR the hateful, violent religion that takes its cue from Mohammed own life and teaching, that is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world?
The answer cannot be simpler: If you sympathize and do not denounce terror groups such as HAMAS than you are not only representing but an active member of the hateful, violent religion that takes its cue from Mohammed own life and teaching, that is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world and NOT the unfortunately small peaceful section of the Muslim religion.
There are those who distinguish between the terms Islamic and Islamist. To the former they attribute the noble ideals of a religion worthy of respect. To the second term they attribute the warped misshapen distortion of a belief in the One God. The suicide/murders are attributed to the practitioners of Islamicism not Islam.
Unspoken is the idea that, throughout history, Islamic (or Islamist) leaders have had the tendency to destroy or take over sites that are precious to other societies and build mosques on them. This has happened to churches, Hindu temples, and holy places in Judaism too. This idea is not lost on those opposing the Ground Zero Mosque.
The families of the victims of 9/11 are still reeling from this horrific case of mass murder in the name of Islamicism. The practitioners of Islam should be sensitive to this. If they are not sensitive to the emotional sensitivities of others, then this is not a true understanding of the One God. God is the essence of goodness, and knowledge of Him, by definition, embodies having sensitivity to all that were created in His Divine Image.
Those who do not care about the sensitivities of the women, children, and family members of those who died at Ground Zero, those who are callous to the work and lives of the firefighters, EMS workers, and police who lost their lives fighting the repercussions of violent Islamicism, are demonstrating, according to this explanation of the Alter, that their notion and knowledge of God is sorely lacking. If the mosque were to be built in the place known as Ground Zero it would be an Islamist Mosque not an Islamic Mosque. Is that what the politicians really want?
The following are a few new angles away from the beaten path the public loves to walk on and which plays right to the hands of the Muslim PR machine.
Houses of worship, such as synagogues, churches, and mosques are routinely situated in the center of the community in which it will serve as a place of worship. The location is usually selected in an area permitting hundreds of households of worshippers to easily congregate for prayers and religious community activities.
This is the essence of freedom of religion, anyone may erect a house of worship, as long as it complies with local zoning laws, wherever it is needed and worship any religion, in any manner, and at any time.
The proposed location of the Ground Zero mosque is not situated in an area with households of multitudes of practicing Muslims. The suggested proposed site cannot even come close to justifying one room size house of worship, let alone a 15 story mega center.
This proposed Mosque is clearly to instigate and mock non-radical fundamentalist Americans living and visiting this sacred area. As such, this must be stopped.
Stopping this abuse of the freedom of religion must be done not by a protest aimed at the organizers of the mosque, but at our politicians asking them to present a legislation calling for a state or city wide vote on the issue. This is not an issue of freedom of religion, after all anyone can build a mosque or any other house of worship anywhere in the country in accordance with zoning laws and most if not all are doing so at the center of the associated communities, not many miles away. This is about sensitivity to the wishes of most Americans however sensitivity is not a legal tool, municipality ordinance is. And since this mosque, if erected, will draw endless protests, picketing, and unfortunately other but illegal ways of opinion expression. This will adversely affect traffic, noise level and the safety of the neighborhood.
Islam differs from the other religious radical groups in that it is the only religion that indoctrinates its followers to support the destruction of infidels as well as the destruction and abolishment of the USA and the State of Israel. It bears remembering that the World Trade Center was a calculated, premeditated, act of murder of innocents, what Islam would refer to as infidels. Our mission is not to support any acts of violence, but rather, to endorse the right of Muslims who denounced terrorism, terrorism groups and became worthy of such rights to exercise their religious freedom in a location that is not in any way near ground zero. Clearly, Islamic fundamentalists caused enough heartbreak at that location already.
Personally, I was fighting terrorism and Muslims (in the IDF) well before Americans knew how to spell Terror. We have tolerance and respect for all religions but the one that will blow themselves to pieces together with women and children in markets and cafes in the name of God. Fundamentalist Islam requires and encourages killing your own daughter or sister with your own hands if she brought shame to the family by having extra marital sex or an affair while married. It is a religion that circumcises little girls so they will not enjoy sex when growing up and therefore will not cheat on their future husbands.
If they wanted to bring a message of peace, perhaps they should utilize the $100 million to erect a mosque at any other available site, build a hospital, or create trust funds for the orphans of 911 for the purpose of education and recreation.
The survival of the fundamental structure of our society depends upon more than just narrow laws, it also depends upon moral codes of decency, and basic codes of human decency.
Our modern day democracy is actually a constant power struggle between the simple dry law, the will of the people, and right and wrong feelings generated from a variety sources which include changing times and divergent religious beliefs.
Often, these sources frequently result in dramatic changes in the laws. This has occurred throughout our nation's history. Evidence of these changes may be seen in the end of slavery, the end of prohibition, and recently the movement to change the 14th amendment.
The will and opinion of the people continues to remain fundamental to the continued survival of our justice system. For example, our Jury System which enables the people to render a decision based upon personal feelings and opinions and not only the review of the evidence.
This Mosque is no different. If you are concerned about the fundamental principles that are a part of our everyday survival as well as being sensitive to your fellow citizens, 75% of whom are opposed to the choice of location for this mosque, you should build your mosque, in a different location and not on the unnamed graves of our murdered fellow citizens.
Having said that, The organizers of this mega Mosque Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan do not deserve the religious protections pursuant to the first amendment of our constitution because of their adamant and blatant refusal to denounce the most evil terrorist organization ever declared by the US Government and the European Union.
Need some more direct connection between the mosque organizers and HAMAS?
The Wall Street Journal was among many to report on 9/4/2010 that the money man Hisham Elzanaty behind the straw man Sharif el-Gamal has made numerous donations to an organization called the Holy Land Foundation, a group shut down and convicted as terrorist funding organization by federal authorities two years later for donating to Hamas
How would you as an American citizen characterize this outright and continued refusal to denounce Hamas and a show of sympathy with terror? Consider Guantanamo Bay prisons where a few American citizens have been stripped of their constitutional rights for the crime of proven sympathy and acting in concert with terrorists. It is time to add two more prisoners to the list and build the mosque there.
Most Muslims are not (active) terrorists but most terrorists are Muslim. See the no-fly-list and the homeland security agency profiling guidelines
Terrorist organization killing soldiers may be considered by some as freedom fighters. Coward Terrorist organization killing ONLY civilians especially women and children are evil terrorists.
On the eve of the beginning of the new peace talks ( 8/31/10) Hamas killed in Israel 4 civilians including a pregnant woman driving home: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100831/ap_on_re_mi_ea/mideast_talks and http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100901/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians
President Obama rarely uses the word Terrorists. On 9/1/10 he used it to condemn the murder of the four civilian Israelis (including a pregnant woman) by HAMAS-the same organization the people involved with the Mosque on ground zero Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are refusing to condemn.
And you want to build a Mosque WHERE???
The moment the organizers of this Mosque will denounce the most evil terrorist organization killing women and children in the name of God They will be welcome to build the Mosque even on my street, across the street from my house and I will Personally invite them in to my home to eat humus and Falafel with me and my family.
In the meantime-Get the HELL out of Ground Zero, The USA and our lives!
To the TPM, Alan Colmes/Fox News and all the uninformed bloggers out there who are appalled by my choice of protest tool to express my Protest Art in Motion:
The following quote from the NY Times (9/4/10) will put it all in prospective: On the inbound flight, Netanyahu was informed that four Jewish settlers were murdered in their car by gunmen dispatched by Hamas, the militant Islamist group that governs the 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and chose this way to protest talks. The prime minister's response that he would ignore terror designed to upend negotiations. End of quote.
Please search news reports from couple of years ago to find out how HAMAS got to govern the 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and you will find out that HAMAS took control of the Gaza strip from the Palestinian Authority by force, killing hundreds of their Muslims brothers. The Palestinian Authority which are the legal representatives of the Palestinian people (Their prime minister was in the white house this week for the peace talks) are now in peace talks with Israel.
This same HAMAS which is sympathized by Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are now trying to torpedo these peace talks using young children and pregnant women Blood. NOT a civil Protest Art in Motion and YOU ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT MY PEACEFUL PROTEST??? .
Bottom line, what do we really want?
In an interview report by the Associated Press from 9/9/10 (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100909/ap_on_re_us/us_nyc_mosque_imam) Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told CNN that the discourse surrounding the center has become so politicized that moving it could strengthen the ability of extremists abroad to recruit and wage attacks against Americans, including troops fighting in the Middle East. He said: The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack, he continue to say: But if you don't do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world, he later predicted that the reaction could be more furious than the eruption of violence following the 2005 publication of Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
So let me understand :
1. This Hamas sympathizer, terror lover and supporter extort the American people and no one is saying anything? A federal felony and all are frozen in fear?
2. Did any other religion in the history of the US ever placed a clear threat of terrorism against the American people based on someone exercising their First Amendment rights?
Wake up people!!! Do we need any other proof that Islam is a religion with large percentage of followers believing in hate, anger and evil terrorism targeting anyone not agreeing with them as Mohammad clearly preaches?
On the same note:
Thank GOD for that pastor Terry Jones from Gainesville, Florida for his idea of burning the Quran. Although it is exactly as Sarah Palin said: it is as a bad idea as building the mosque near ground zero. It reminds us all that the First Amendment is a double-edge sword and the Florida end is much sharper. Maybe It is time to add restriction to that Amendment restricting anything that will offend most of the American people, may it be building a mosque or burning holy books and flags.