Is Mayor Mike blind or brilliant? (‘Bloomberg defends Ground Zero mosque as freedom-of-faith issue’)

Freedom Tower and WTC 7 would easily by viewed from the top-floor mosque of the planned 15-story Cordoba House

Does Mayor Michael Bloomberg unequivocally support the Cordoba House being built within the kill zone at Ground Zero? You’d likely think so if you read the New York Post today (and you might be wrong):

In his fiercest defense yet of the mosque proposed near Ground Zero, Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday that it must be allowed to proceed because the government “shouldn’t be in the business of picking” one religion over another.

“I think it’s fair to say if somebody was going to try, on that piece of property, to build a church or a synagogue, nobody would be yelling and screaming,” the mayor said.

“And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it, too.”

Placing the proposed mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site has led to an outcry from opponents, including family members of 9/11 victims, who contend the holy place at 45 Park Place would defile the memories of those who perished in the worst terror attack in US history.

Further down, the Post added this quote from him:

“… If you are religious, you do not want the government picking religions, because what do you do the day they don’t pick yours?

The ‘Cordoba Initiative’ seeks to “pick” one religion to govern you with: Islam. Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf advocates that the adjudication of legal matters involving Muslims be conducted using Shariah law here in America (for now, only those Muslims here in America who willingly accede to the Shariah court’s authority would be subject to the court’s rulings). Thus, a discriminating government within America’s government would be established by placing the words in the Koran — the traditional teachings of Islam — above the equal rights and protections of our Constitution.

In addition, Imam Rauf wants grants, presumably from public and private entities, to help build and operate the Cordoba House. After all, he says it would only be a “Muslim cultural center.” His wife Daisy Khan adds the neighborhood near Ground Zero needs the “party space.” (Hey, we fund senior centers so what’s the difference?) Politicians in New York City are falling over each other at microphones to tout it as a jobs program as allegedly 150 full-time and 500 part-time jobs would be created. Beyond the establishment of religion by government, liberal foundations are traditionally loathe to contribute towards the building of religious facilities; that is why the Cordoba Initiative removed from its web site that it would be a mosque (screen shot of removed page here).

The owners of the property refuse to open their books to show where the $4.85 million in cash to buy the unused Burlington Coat Factory came from. While Imam Rauf tries to intimate the money came from the local community, the New York Post found that, “Imam Abdul Rauf … told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Islamic center will be financed through contributions from Muslims in the US, as well as by donations from Arab and Islamic countries.” And they are hiding from the general public the professional renderings they had made in line with their concepts:

Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43- 45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that “this is private property” and that “we can build this ‘as of right.’” The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.

Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, “not a mosque.” However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.

Should government officials advocate for the furtherance of political Islam? Should government use public funding and electorate-granted authority to assist in the destruction of an historical building to make way for a political center advocating that Shariah ultimately replace our Constitution as the law of the land? Does not our government, at every level, have an inherent obligation to protect all Americans here against the imposition of oppressive and discriminatory Shariah law?

Before all hell erupts over his remarks yesterday, someone should ask those additional questions of Mayor Mike.

  6 comments for “Is Mayor Mike blind or brilliant? (‘Bloomberg defends Ground Zero mosque as freedom-of-faith issue’)

  1. Kristi
    June 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    This mosque and Islamic cultural center is just a shrine to their American jihad. After conducting much research on Islam, the Koran, and Sharia, I have discovered that the Koran is the antithesis of the Bible! The Bible teaches love, the Koran teaches hate. It’s as simple as that! The Koran teaches to hate all non-Muslims. It further commands them to create a worldwide Islamic state, to create violence and jihad, to lie and deceive others in the name of Allah, and to covert others or kill them. Sadly, most Muslims have never read the Bible, and are being deceived by satan. I say we beat them at their own game…build a huge cross at ground zero, with large billboards of biblical scriptures (all directly facing the mosque) so Muslims can read Jesus’s messages of love and eternal life. That way, when Muslims look out the window, they will have the real truth! By the way, we should outlaw Sharia law, as it is unconstitional with our laws against cruel and unusual punishment.

  2. May 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I cannot say it better than the great Andy McCarthy in his new book, The Grand Jihad:

    ” It [Islamic scripture] calls for the application of seventh century ordinances, as conclusively defined by the jurisprudence of 9th century Islamic scholars, to a very different twenty-first century world.” (p 28)

    “This creed harkens back to the practices of Islam’s founding generations. To this day, Wahhabism remains Saudi Arabia’s official religion [contributor to the building of this “Mosque” (my words)] , and the Kingdom claims the Koran as its only constitution. Thus the tenets of Islam are strictly enforced.” (p 7)

    Thus, it is prudent and consistent with Islam to use democracy’s tenets of freedom as a tool against its practitioners, against itself.

    Let there be no doubt; Islam is a political practice by far aimed at dictating conduct on this earth. It’s focus on the next is merely an aside.

  3. btjoe112
    May 30, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Is there a way for the trade unions to just say NO we will not build this? All building work in NY city is done by union workers right? Maybe get the unions to JUST SAY NO!

    Editors — Ask the hundreds of union members who 8 years ago witnessed 20,000 body parts at Ground Zero and removed the 1.8 million tons of rubble, including that which covered the Burlington Coat Factory at 43-45 Park Place, if they want to build Rauf’s sharia-compliant mosque and da’wah recruiting center there.

  4. Jake Neuman
    May 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Dear Debra:

    Editor — Email your dissertation to admin@911familiesforamerica.org and it will be passed on.

  5. May 30, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I hope Mayor Bloomberg gets slapped in his face by an American who lost a loved one on 9/11. 5 times a day when this Mosque send out its call to prayer those precious New Yorkers who lost loved ones on 9/11 will be reminded of their loved one who they will never see again.

    I hope Bloomberg vomits 5 times a day and if he had any sense of compassion for the 9/11 families, he will. He is a disgrace to America.

    Beverly Perlson
    The Band of Mothers

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