Obama has finally opened his pie hole on the issue of the Ground Zero mosque. For weeks, Democrats and administration officials have led us to believe that the decision to allow the mosque at Ground Zero was a local issue only. You know, as if the attacks of 9-11 orchestrated and performed by Islamic men in the name of Allah, was just a “New York thang“.
Of course, Obama’s latest defense of the mosque is no surprise to anyone who has followed the Muslim Sympathizer-in-Chief and his words and actions regarding Islam, Islamic terrorism, and the coddling of Muslim countries who are not allies to the United States.
August 13: President Barack Obama hosts an iftar dinner, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast for Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, on Friday. (Source: AP)
With Obama’s decision to rub this mosque into the psyche of America-loving citizens, he did so while celebrating Ramadan with a room full of Muslims in the White House for the Iftar dinner. Here is a portion of what Obama had to say:
The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. And the pain and the experience of suffering by those who lost loved ones is just unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. And Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.
But let me be clear…..
BUT…BUT….there’s always a “BUT” with this President, particularly when it comes to defending Americans and/or our way of life. He continues….
…..As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country and that they will not be treated differently by their government is essential to who we are. The writ of the Founders must endure.
Then, as all equivocating fence sitters will do after the firestorm of Americans protesting his stand….Obama tried to “clarify” his comments the next day.
“I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding,” he said.”
Well, then, Mr. President, is it right or is it wrong to build there? You’ve already placed yourself in the debate…we are all wanting to know ….especially Sarah Palin.
From Sarah Palin’s Facebook post:
Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive “cross-cultural engagement” and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven’t they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren’t you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson’s generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven’t they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as “hallowed ground”? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.
– Sarah Palin
My, oh my….To. The. Point.
Which leads us to those myths regarding the Ground Zero mosque…
Myth #1 – Support for building of the mosque is about religious freedom:
As many have pointed out, counter to Obama’s words, this is not about religious freedom…this is about an act of war and about respecting that “hallowed ground” for which Obama spoke. This is about sensitivities to Americans and their loss, not about defending the sensitivities of a religion that has been supposedly hijacked by extremists. ( I say “SUPPOSEDLY hijacked” because one rarely sees the “peaceful” Muslim that speaks out against the horrendous transgressions of the “extremists”. Many Muslims even debate their allegiance to America as Muslims.)
Mr. President, here is what we are talking about with “hallowed ground”….From Charles Krauthammer:
A place is made sacred by a widespread belief that it was visited by the miraculous or the transcendent (Lourdes, the Temple Mount), by the presence there once of great nobility and sacrifice (Gettysburg), or by the blood of martyrs and the indescribable suffering of the innocent (Auschwitz).
When we speak of ground zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there – and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized or misappropriated.
Myth #2 – This is about a “peaceful Islam” working to build bridges, as Imam Rauf claims.
Peaceful? As Douglas Murray at The Daily Beast had to say:
The very idea of building a mosque there is a dangerous sign of Muslim demands on Western societies, says British authority Douglas Murray—and it shows that the U.S. must make a stand.
“Islam is a religion of peace.” That is what every Western leader says every time a Muslim sets something off.
They never tell us which ones they think are the violent religions. But for Islam it’s a win-win. Knock down a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is. Build a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is. Either way it’s a gain for Islam.
And as George Jonas at NationalPost.com points out:
The question to ask is: Can any group genuinely believe that building a mosque two blocks from where jihadists pulverized 3,000 New Yorkers nine years ago will promote cross-cultural understanding between Islam and the West?
If the answer is yes (God knows, some people believe anything) the next question is: Having observed their New York neighbours’ actual reaction to their plan, do they believe it still?
This mosque appears to be about conquest. Just ask the Christians of the 8th to 10th centuries who were overrun by Muslims who then converted their churches to mosques as a sign of conquest. One such example happened in Cordoba, Spain.
What is the name of the initiative at Ground Zero? The CORDOBA Initiative or Cordoba House. (At least until the name was changed to “Park51″ after the real meaning of Cordoba House has hit the mainstream.)
In many ways the construction of this Ground Zero mosque reeks of efforts for continued Islamization of America: to lie (taqiyya), conquer (9-11), symbolize conquest (as in Cordoba), and implement laws (Sharia) that are counter to the very Constitution that Obama has touted in building the mosque. A letter to the editor at the Washington Times best conveys this view:
Radical Islam has no tolerance or respect for people of other faiths or creeds, especially Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis. Its purpose is to subdue non believers and force them to live under Islamic law, Shariah. That is precisely its aim in the United States and the rest of the Western world – and a mosque at ground zero would help it do exactly that. It would move Islamization in the United States and elsewhere forward by leaps and bounds.
Radical Muslims consider conquered territory and people to be forever under the sway of Islam. Placing a mosque so close to the World Trade Center site, particularly a mega-mosque like the one being advocated, would enable them to see New York as conquered territory and view it as a bridgehead leading to the subjugation of the entire United States. The city is America’s most prominent and is one with a very large Jewish population. A clearer message could not be sent.
Of course, New Yorkers can send a clear message of their own by preventing the mosque from being constructed. They would be saying that they are not willing to accept the erosion of their values and way of life, that Islamization will be fought and that America is not an Islamic nation and will never become one.
One thing is very clear…..Imam Rauf, the Imam of the new mosque, and one who has been embraced by Obama and his State Department (with your tax dollars), is not one to be trusted on issues of Sharia law and imposing Islamic standards onto America.
From American Thinker, we find that Imam Rauf supports Sharia law and different ways to produce an Islamic State:
…..when Rauf speaks in Arabic, he contradicts what he says to his English-speaking audience. ……. He goes on to say that “Religious dialogue as customarily understood is a set of events with discussions in large hotels that result in nothing.” Finally, Rauf says “it is clear an Islamic state can be established in more than just a single form or mold. It can be established through a kingdom or a democracy. The important issue is to establish the general fundamentals of sharia that are required to govern.”
Religious freedom is an American value for sure. But this mosque is about war, Islamization, history, Islamic law and lying to gain a bigger foothold in America for Islam.
Myth #3 – Being against the mosque makes your view against the Constitution
Obama would have you to believe that this is solely about denying some religious rights to Muslims. But the point is that, via a recent CNN poll, 68% of Americans are against building this mosque. It is simply the WRONG thing to do, particularly if you are an Imam touting it for “building bridges and relationships.”
The imam and his followers do have a right to worship via their faith in this country. And, yes, they have a right to build a mosque. But just as any other commercial, religious, or residential structure being built in America, it is still subject to zoning rights, and in many cases, hearings on the appropriateness of the structure. Granted, the NYC Council has approved the building, but to the Constitutional point and the “rights” pointed out by Obama, Americans are opposed to it because of the location and the act of war perpetrated by followers of Islam. They are not opposed to other mosques in other appropriate places.
In other words, Mr. President, this isn’t about Americans denying the free exercise of faith, it is about denying an act of War to be rubbed into our faces in a place where thousands of our fellow citizens were murdered.
They may have a right to build a mosque…..but, at Ground Zero, it is the WRONG thing to do.
And conversely, Obama is touting the Constitution when it suits his purposes (ie. being in support of the mosque at Ground Zero). But where is the reverence for that same document when dealing with almost every other issue for which Obama wants to control us?
From Laura Armstong at the Marietta Daily Journal…she says it best:
While his wife is busy, when not vacationing, telling moms and kids what to eat and how to cook it, he says we shouldn’t restrict the building of a mosque just feet from the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center.
While his party outlaws our rights to smoke, cook with partially hydrogenated oil, buy our favorite 100 watt light bulbs or choose our own medical insurance plan, he says we should not outlaw a 15-story building, a supposed place of worship, that will rise like a middle finger from the destruction in lower Manhattan and has likely been bankrolled by terrorist sympathizers and anti-American Muslim groups planning to make the United States their next experiment in creeping Sharia law.
As he tells us to turn down our thermostats, remain stoic through yet more job loss and economic pain and suck it up when our taxes skyrocket in 2011, and as he excoriates American institutions such as Wall Street and Midwesterners who “cling to their guns and religion,” He talks tough about kicking a– – of the capitalist, CEO variety.
But when addressing the dangerous and surreptitious enemy who’s trying to stick us in the eye, yet again, he speaks with gentle tolerance and invokes their “constitutional rights.”
But as the blogger “Rhymes with Right” so intelligently point out, why didn’t Obama take the opportunity in his Iftar speech to “teleprompt” some thoughts into their minds about our rights and Constitution? After all, wouldn’t the son and stepson of Muslims clearly understand those freedoms that are not so inherent to Islamic politics and religion?
…. If, as this son and stepson of Muslims seems to imply, he is all about religious freedom, why didn’t he take the opportunity to also come out in favor of religious freedom in the Muslim world? You know, like the repeal of blasphemy laws that are used to suppress the speech of non-Muslims, the right of non-Muslims to build houses of worship on the same basis that Muslims may build mosques, and the freedom of non-Muslims to worship publicly, as well as the freedom on Muslims to exercise their human right to leave that faith and embrace another (or none at all).
It would be laughable if not so serious. Confederate Yankee sums it up best with regards to what is really happening at Ground Zero and what exactly Obama supports:
There are rights, and there are rights. Mass murderers never have the right to prance and pose over the remains of their victims. If Barack Obama doesn’t understand that, he simply is not fit to be President, and is barely worthy of being called a citizen.
Myth #4 – The area where the mosque is to be built is not at Ground Zero
And just for the record….some have incorrectly tried to state that this mosque is being built two blocks away from Ground Zero. Well that two blocks away is part of Ground Zero…as many have pointed out, including AipNews.com, a portion of the airplane landed on the very building that marks the spot of the new mosque.
And, as “Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere” at Nice Deb, so clearly stated:
Look at the pictures from that day. Look at the reach of that dust cloud…that dust that was all that remained of two skyscrapers containing 3000+ people. Any place that dust reached is the resting place of people killed in the name of Islam, and they don’t deserve the insult of a mosque and calls to prayer over them, now or ever.
Here is the location of the Ground Zero Mosque…check it out for yourself.
- Aerial photo of World Trade Center Ground Zero following Sept. 11 attacks. Red square to right of Ground Zero marks former Burlington Coat Factory and proposed location of Cordoba House. (Courtesy of AIPNEWS.COM)
Americans are correct in so many ways to oppose this mosque….Keep up the opposition. It is a disgrace to all Americans, particularly those who died that morning in 2001.
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