The Muslim in charge of this project, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, famously claimed that the U.S. was an “accessory to the crime” of 9/11, and that Osama bin Laden was “made in the U.S.A.” He also refuses to acknowledge Hamas as a terrorist organization, claiming that terrorism is a “complicated issue.” No it isn’t. If this is the most moderate voice that the Muslims could come up with, then there’s a serious problem with Islam.
With that in mind, it’s also important to acknowledge that Muslims like to build mosques on places where they have achieved victory through force of arms. No doubt that militant Islamists feel that destroying the Twin Towers and murdering almost 3,o00 people in the process is a triumph, especially in light of the fact that New Yorkers lack the courage to rebuild on the same site. The proposed name, the Cordoba House, is deliberately provocative, as it refers to a famous Muslim victory over the Spanish. The proposed opening date is September 11, 2011: the ten-year anniversary of the attacks.
Supporters of building the Ground Zero mosque like to claim that the First Amendment makes it perfectly legal to do so (and that if you disagree, you’re hateful, but we’ll address that later). However, the First Amendment isn’t absolute. My homeowner’s association contract doesn’t allow me to paint my house a certain color, for example. There are laws about building bars near schools and churches. Saying certain words in certain places is considered “hate speech” and you can be prosecuted for it. There are decency laws that prevent people from absolutely exercising their supposed First Amendment right to publicly depict sex acts. So the First Amendment claim is a dodge. It’s not a First Amendment issue. It’s a decency issue.
According to Islamists, President Obama, and everyone else who needs to show the world how inclusive and non-judgmental they are, not showing support for the Ground Zero mosque is hateful. They claim to not understand how anyone could be against it except as a symptom of Islamophobia. It insults our intelligence that these too-clever, morally preening imbeciles refuse to accept the idea that there’s a decency issue at stake, and that there may be some people who have a legitimate reason to be angry at the idea of Islamists building a victory temple at the same site where other Islamists murdered thousands of their countrymen. Why not build a Shinto shrine at Pearl Harbor, or a Richard Wagner opera house at Auschwitz? You have to give them credit, though: they’ve not backed down on their support. The common human decency argument won’t move them. And, as they’ve done for years and will continue to do for as long as it works, they’ll call you racist if you disagree.
The Obamessiah supports the mosque, and won’t even debate the decency issue, which shows how weak, vacillating, and completely at odds he is with most Americans and their values. I’m surprised that he managed to find the time to speak about it in-between vacations. I am willing to allow this, though: New Yorkers have elected politicians who support this mosque. They still haven’t built anything on Ground Zero. Is that’s how they want their little slice of heaven, they’re welcome to it. Perhaps Obama’s former pastor was right: the chickens have come home to roost. And you can’t make an Islamist omelet without breaking a few American eggs.
Or, alternatively, you can focus your attention on what two essentially meaningless politicians think. I mean, let’s get our priorities straight.