Planned Ground Zero mosque imam wants sharia law in America

The ‘Cordoba Initiative’ has announced plans to build a $100-million plus mosque overlooking Ground Zero at the World Trade Center. Its leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, says it “will serve as the platform to launch a broader vision of Muslim-West harmony and interdependence.” As he has made clear, Rauf supports supplementing our Constitution by making sharia law optional — optional at least for now — for Muslims living here in America. Debra Burlingame and Robert Spencer discussed this last night on-air with Sean Hannity:

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Before their sparing any semblance of investigative reporting, the editors at the New York Daily News expressed their support this morning for a Muslim “cultural center” within Ground Zero’s kill zone. Missing from their editorial is an explanation of Rauf repeatedly stating “300 Muslims were killed on 9/11.” To be fair, even they dispute his saying “This is not a mosque.”

“A plan to build a mosque and Muslim cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero has unleashed a virulent and un-American wave of religious intolerance. As a fundamental matter of principle, houses of worship are welcome in New York. Whether they be churches, synagogues, temples or mosques, whether they be modest storefronts or soaring cathedrals, they have a home here. Islam included – and even downtown. There is no doubt that many in this country distrust the religion that was twisted malignantly into the force behind 9/11. And some, in blind ignorance, hate. Among those are Mark Williams, the Tea Party leader, who attacked the concept of a mosque near Ground Zero by describing Islam and the Prophet Muhammed in the most repugnant terms. … A new 13-story building, named Cordoba House, would include a mosque, classrooms, a fitness center and pool, as well as a theater. It was modeled after the 92nd St. Y, which has both a community center and prayer space. … In fact, Cordoba House is two blocks away. Had it been closer, the point would be the same: All religions have equal rights.”

The news side of the News might try looking into whether Rauf agrees with their editors. They would soon discover that, to his way of thinking, one religion is more equal than others. Here is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, in his own words, after Christian churches were firebombed and angry protests took place in Malaysia this past January:

“Most recently that anger has surfaced in Malaysia, where 60% of the people are Malays. The High Court’s ruling that Allah is not exclusive to Muslims led to the fire bombing of some churches and protests among Malays, who fear Catholics are trying to manipulate the word to win Malay converts. This should not be. Islam and Christianity are at their roots religions of peace and tolerance. A certain amount of competition will always exist among religions. Good competition is to compete in good works. Bad competition is trying to undermine the other faith. To live harmoniously in that competition requires everyone to understand the consequences of their actions. My message to the Christian community in Malaysia is that using the word Allah to mean the Christian God may be theologically and legally correct, but in the context of Malaysia, it is socially provocative.”

So, regardless of the laws of that land, Imam Rauf believes the minority Christians in Malaysia brought the attacks upon themselves. (Concerning 9/11 and provocation, back in 2001 Rauf told 60 Minutes, “[U.S.] policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.”) Rauf ended his advice with an inside glimpse of his “broader vision” for America:

“Our model should be the Prophet Muhammad when he worshipped [sic] in Mecca before Islam had taken hold. He did not pray the noon and afternoon prayers in a loud voice lest that would incite anger of the unbelievers.”

Frankly, we have not read and do not care what Mark Williams allegedly said or wrote; what the News’ problem is with him is their problem, not ours.

What I and many others are opposed to is a sharia-compliant anything — mosque, prayer center, or cultural center — anywhere within sight or sound of where sharia-compliant Muslims destroyed 2,752 people and took away their equal rights forever, including the rights and lives of 22 (non-hijacker) innocent Muslims.



The original Malaysian title for Imam Rauf’s book was ‘A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Da’wah From the Heart of America Post-9/11’. Robert Spencer explains:

“Da’wah is Islamic proselytizing. And in the Islamic law, da’wah precedes jihad. You call the nonbelievers to Islam. And if they refuse to accept it, then you initiate the jihad against them. But the whole goal of both da’wah and jihad is to impose Islamic law or Sharia upon the nonbelievers as a political system, not as a religious one.”

The full Community Board 1 of lower Manhattan will meet at 6 PM on May 25, 2010, at the Three-Legged Dog (a theater group’s headquarters) at 80 Greenwich Street to review and vote on the plans for the ‘Cordoba House.’

  12 comments for “Planned Ground Zero mosque imam wants sharia law in America

  1. Marianne
    May 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I am dismayed that the cowardly powers that be have agreed to this monstrous insult to the memories of those who died and to their families who will never stop grieving for them. What angers me most is the number of abstentions – cowards and enablers.

    Even more, I am sickened by the leaders in the West who are enabling the demise of democracy and freedom, who refuse to see what is right under their noses, and instead choose to ignore the evil that is Islamism. They are responsible for the erosion and eventual murder of democracy and the celebration of free speech and pride in our way of life. If we do not speak out in enough numbers now, we WILL be doomed.

  2. Babs Barron
    May 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I am one among many I know of in the UK who are disgusted about this, and about the appalling lack of sensitivity of the Muslims who are pushing for it, and the spinelessness of the non-Muslims who are colluding with them and ignoring the sensibilities of their fellow-Americans and others.

    In my opinion to erect a mosque on 9/11, so close to the place where Islamists killed so many people in the name of Islam, is little short of an infamy. It is akin to erecting a statue of Hitler at Auschwitz as an appeasement to modern-day Germans (who would probably be as incensed about it as anyone else).

    Opposition to the building of a mega-mosque in London to mark the Olympics resulted in it being scrapped. I hope that this protest is successful in bringing about the demise of this insult too.

    Good luck to you.

  3. May 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Walter Williams makes a solid point regarding immigration. I am proud of Arizona for the stance they are taking and that we haven’t backed down. The law is clear – Illegal immigrants are illegal, racial profiling is illegal, and we intend on enforcing the laws on the books. It’s nice to see cooler heads remarking on this issue. In light of Game 4 rapidly approaching – Go Suns!!

  4. Madeliene
    May 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    GET THEM OUT OF AMERICA…before they all jump out of the Trojan Horse’s Belly and begin to shoot all of us on the spot! I don’t think its wierd of me to say that, open your eyes as to what they’ve ALREADY done, OF COURSE they are able to kill us even in our own Country. Were giving them the “Rope” to hang us with for God sakes…lets stop talking and do something America. Let’s start with the White House. Our fore Fathers are flippy in there graves, were trampling on thier Blood in disgrace.

  5. Fred Hesse
    May 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Dear Sir and/or Madam: Since the Mayor and Governor of New york are politicians, and they only listen when money is involved, would it be possible to start a grass roots fund to “lobby” these politicians or to cover lawyer costs to initiate legal blockage of this farce? Also, the above replies concerning Muslim population appear to be unaware of reality.

    First, I believe the Census Bureau does not survey creed, so the 2010 census results would provide nothing. Next, the 7 million Muslims in the U.S. quoted by Obama comes from a gross fabrication by CAIR. This would be about 2.3% based upon a population of 305 milion. The reply discussing 6% would indicate 18.3 million Muslims. Finally when one goes to “Muslim Mafia”, the documented report on the CAIR operation by David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, page 144 discusses the Pew Research Center population estimate which identified 2.35 million Muslims (less than 1%). Page 145 gives an explanation of how Ihsan Bagby of CAIR developed his laughable “gesstimation”.

    As an aside, Obama’s foolish comment about the Muslim invention of algebra is hardly supported by Wikipedia.

    Editor —

    Wiki is a very poor source and forget CAIR. Instead, look around. Muslim populations in New York City, Detroit and nearby, Chicago, and Arizona each are estimated at above 500,000. The numbers in Minnesota, Atlanta, Wisconsin, California, and in and around D.C. are all well above 100,000. Those are rough numbers consistent with the many news reports I have seen. Their communities are growing far above the national average at many places around the country due to immigration and their birth-rates. Do not delude yourself. With due respect to PEW research, they ought to get out of their offices more.

  6. Sandy
    May 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I would like to know what we can do to stop this? I have noted on several of my blogs to get a petition going especially the city of New York. This will continue, only getting worse unless the American people band together in one big mass and let our voices be heard. They (including Obama) are laughing as they have lulled most of the American people to sleep with promises of great things to come, all the while planning our destruction. I suggest to anyone reading this to contact the mayor of New York along with the Governor.
    To the Authors of this article you have my e-mail. I am asking that you send any information you can on how to stop this and I would be more than happy to forward it along.
    Thank you

  7. Will Raby
    May 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

    At the end of the discussion Ms.Burlingame states that if Imam Fiesal Abdul Rauf “..gets enough Muslims voting in the voting booth he can change the Constitution to accept Sharia and create Sharia courts right here. That’s what da’wah will do.” 3/4ths of the state legislatures must approve any changes to the constitution. The United States population is only .6% Muslim, and many of these Muslims would not support candidates in favor of amending the Constitution to allow the imposition of Sharia law on the United States. Considering the extremely limited voting power of the extremist Muslim in the United States, Mosque or no mosque, I think our constitution is safe.

    Editor — My guess is we will learn from the 2010 Census your math is off, that the number of Muslim in America tripled since 2000, they now account for close to 3-percent of our population, and half of them are under age 25. The Islamists among them are not seeking to change our Constitution at this point. Instead, they are using the “free exercise” clause of the 1st Amendment to ask for public accommodations for the practice of their religion. In addition, they seek to have some legal matters concerning them adjudicated using sharia law. Ask yourself if we begin down that road, where does it end?

    • miira
      May 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Is there a possibility you can post Hour 3 of May 21 Sean Hannity Show radio interview with Debra Burlingame and Robert Spencer at this site? I would also remind Will Raby of Obama’s statement “we are one of the largest muslim countries in the world”, wrote “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift” in his book “Audacity of Hope”, while MA Gov. Deval Patrick vows support for Muslims and Keith Ellison, D-Minn. taking his Congressional oath using a Qur’an are not infrequent aberrations since 2008 elections.

      Editor — Unfortunately, they did not also do a radio interview. The video to the TV segment is above.

      • Susan Rowe
        May 24, 2010 at 10:25 am

        They did a radio interview and it was chilling. I didn’t see the video, but heard the interview that afternoon on the station here that carries the Sean Hannity radio show. It really scared me on so many levels.

        Editor — Perhaps I misunderstood the date to mean Thursday, which I taped, and Friday May 21, as miira stated. I will see if I can obtain a copy.

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