Since I wrote in HUMAN EVENTS on May 14 about the plans to build a giant 15-story mosque and Islamic Center next to Ground Zero, the deceptions and Islamic supremacist intentions of the mosque organizers have become more obvious. Yet Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and the New York political establishment refuse to listen to the will of the people.
This why the Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) June 6 rally against the proposed mega-mosque is so important. The Islamic supremacists must not be allowed to do a victory dance on the hallowed burial ground of Ground Zero. They must be exposed and shamed until they withdraw their plans for the mosque.
Bloomberg framed it as a freedom of religion issue: “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. And the fact of the matter is that Muslims have a right to do it, too…. What is great about America and particularly New York is we welcome everybody, and if we are so afraid of something like this, what does that say about us?… If you are religious, you do not want the government picking religions, because what do you do the day they don’t pick yours?”
While I agree that that the government should keep its nose out of religion, also believe that if the mayor really believes government should stay out of it, he shouldn’t publicly take one side. But the mayor already has chosen sides, before plans for this mosque became public.
SIOA has called on Bloomberg many times to remove Omar Mohammedi, a lawyer tied to the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), from New York City’s Human Rights Commission. Bloomberg keeps him on. And before Times Square jihad bomber Faisal Shahzad was caught, Bloomberg offered his opinion: that the would-be car bomber was probably a right-winger who was upset about Obamacare.
This is why I believe petitions to the mayor are a waste of time. But the June 6 rally will show him that he is on the wrong side of the will of the people because the people of New York know that the mayor is wrong.
This mosque is not about freedom of religion. It’s about insulting America and the victims of 9/11 and establishing an international symbol for Islamic supremacism in New York. The mega-mosque will be the rallying cry for the universal caliphate—a shrine to jihad at the cherished site of Islamic conquest.
And Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an open proponent of Sharia, Islamic law, a system that denies free speech and the legal equality of all people.
Rauf has also lied about his intentions. First he said that the planned Islamic Center at Ground Zero would contain a mosque; then he claimed it wouldn’t; then he said it would contain a “prayer space.” His wife Daisy Khan admitted that the “prayer space” would be a mosque.
Why the lies? And there’s more. Although he claims that the Ground Zero mosque will become a place for dialogue with Jews and Christians, Rauf has told the Arabic press: “I don’t believe in religious dialogue.” He has told the American media that money for the mosque will come entirely from Muslims here. Then he told the Arab media that funding for the mosque was coming from many Muslim countries. Daisy Khan has insulted the victims of the 9/11 jihad attacks and their families by saying that the mosque is intended to “make something positive out of 9/11.”
SIOA is rallying this Sunday, June 6 (and again on September 10), to call on the mosque organizers to withdraw their plans of the Ground Zero mosque in the interests of mutual understanding and mutual respect. The idea of a mosque at Ground Zero is hurting too many families and patriotic Americans. The jihad against the West is still being waged. Ground Zero is a war memorial, a burial ground. Respect it.