I've been in a state of shock for the past few days. Here's some of the story.
"New Yorkers Wary Of Future Ground Zero Mosque," from CBS, May 6:
NEW YORK (CBS) ― In a building damaged by debris from the Sept. 11 airliners that brought down the World Trade Center and soon to become a 13-story mosque, some see the bridging of a cultural divide and an opportunity to serve a burgeoning, peaceful religious population. Others see a painful reminder of the religious extremism that killed their loved ones.
Anything having to do with that day, that place, carries enormous meaning. Now two Islamic organizations have partnered to build something that they say will bring some good from something very bad.
Organizers say the project will create a venue for mainstream Islam and a counterbalance to radicalism. It earned a key endorsement this week from influential community leaders.
"This is a community center, a community and cultural center, which would include certainly prayer space for Muslims and we hope for non-Muslims as well, to bring about a new discourse in the relationship between the United States, New York City, and the Muslim world," said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative.
He's hoping the 13-story, $100 million Islamic center will join the other buildings; the banks, offices, and apartments, going up at ground zero. It will serve a growing Muslim population in lower Manhattan.
The closest mosque to this area is a dozen blocks away and very over-crowded, but this site was also chosen for exactly what happened here on 9/11, and what America stands for, Rauf told CBS station WCBS-TV in New York City.
"Definitely, this is a victory of American tolerance over hatred," Rauf said.Who's Rauf? Why do we have a Muslim discussing a Muslim monument built near to Ground Zero? Why isn't his voice one of many rising in a long scream begging for mercy? No. Instead he is triumphant. He accuses us of his own filthy crimes, and our own lap it up like a dog at his own vomit. Build a Muslim monument at Ground Zero and thank Muslims for it. Dhimmis love it.
911 Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf Blames Christians: "The US and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end"
Feisal Abdul Rauf (ECTN) Jihadwatch
"Feisal Abdul Rauf, a New York imam, expects us to believe that jihad warfare was started by the West and can only be ended by the West."[....]
Feisal Abdul Rauf puts it all on the West, and gets invited to Australia by Premier Bob Carr.The US and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end, says an Islamic cleric invited to Sydney by Premier Bob Carr.
Speaking from his New York mosque, Imam Feisal said the West had to understand the terrorists' point of view.
In a move likely to cause controversy with church leaders, Imam Feisal said it was Christians who started mass attacks on civilians.
"The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets."
[....]Imam Feisal said the bombing in Madrid had made his message more urgent. He said there was an endless supply of angry young Muslim rebels prepared to die for their cause and there was no sign of the attacks ending unless there was a fundamental change in the world.
[....]Imam Feisal, who argues for a Western style of Islam that promotes democracy and tolerance, said there could be little progress until the US acknowledged backing dictators and the US President gave an "America Culpa" speech to the Muslim world.
Dhimmitude is a sado-masochist exercise. Our intelligentsia live for it. We, by indulging them, degrade our selves, our people, our nations. Islam is a garbage culture of parasites and decayed warriors who have no strength. Our Left dhimmi fascist intelligentsia lend them power to humiliate our Modernity, to destroy our Modernity; and our people do not object forcefully, being foolish and passive and mindful of authority legitimate or not. Sick-minded masochists in power demand we obey their favoured sadists, and our people accept it. Some of our own, at any rate. For now, at any rate. Pseudo-intellectuals, these masochists and caprophagists, have power in our lands, and they, like courtiers of times past, torment those they can because it is the nature of masochists to indulge in sadism in turn. It is perverted and sick, but few have the courage to object to the authority of power itself. Because of that weakness, we see the possibility of a Muslim monument built on the grave of our own, Muslims gloating, dhimmis grovelling before their sadist masters. I've been in shock. I am sickened.
"The US and the West must acknowledge the harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end."
Our dialogue with Islam need include no more than a wooden arm chair, a roll of duct tape, a rusty spoon, and an optional box of salt. That chair, that rusty spoon, that roll of tape: Our Monuments.