In last week’s column I wrote that in August of 2010, Germany closed down a mosque that Islamic jihadists were using to increase, finance and perfect their power to kill Americans. In addition to its general support of terrorists, the mosque also gave aid, comfort and advice to 19 Saudi Arabians Jihadists who flew jet planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
We have closed the mosque because it was a recruiting and meeting point for Islamic radicals who wanted to participate in so-called jihad or holy war," said Frank Reschreiter, a spokesman for Hamburg's state interior ministry. He said that 20 police officers were searching the building and had confiscated material, including several computers. He was not aware of any arrests.
Authorities have said the prayer house, formerly known as the al-Quds mosque, was a meeting and recruiting point years ago for some of the Sept. 11 attackers before they moved to the United States. Ringleader Mohamed Atta as well as Marwan Al-Shehhi and Ziad Jarrah had studied in Hamburg and frequented the al-Quds mosque….
A 2009 report by the Hamburg branch of Germany's domestic intelligence agency also said the mosque had again become the "centre of attraction for the jihad scene" in the northern port city…. some people who belonged to the mosque's cultural association and prayed there had traveled to a radical training camp in Uzbekistan. A group of 11 militants that traveled to military training camps in Uzbekistan in March 2009 was formed at Taiba mosque….“A very important factor for the radicalization of the group members was certainly their joint visits to the mosque," the intelligence report stated. It appears that one man from the group joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a terrorist organization in Central Asia….
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, coordinator of the Cordoba project, holds himself out as a moderate Muslim. He claims that the staff of Cordoba House will seek human understanding and a path to peace and understanding. He also demands that American law be conformed to the principles of Sharia and the Qur’anic state.
”What Muslims want is a judiciary that ensures that the laws are not in conflict with the Qur'an and the Hadith.”
Feisal Abdul Rauf, however, may not be entirely candid in his desire to pour oil on troubled waters. “Rauf's partner James Barzinji is a founder and director of IIIT; [the International Institute of Islamic Thought]. He is under active federal investigation for funneling funds to Palestinian terrorists. Its Herndon, Va., offices were raided by federal agents after 9/11. Jamal Barzinji, one of the founders of the radical Muslim Brotherhood in America, also founded Dar al-Hijrah in Falls Church, Va., which is run by the pro-jihad Brotherhood. The mosque has been tied to numerous terrorism plots, including the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. government has accused Barzinji of being "closely associated" with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other terrorist organizations…. Records also show the North American Islamic Trust, a recently named unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-financing case in U.S. history, holds the deed to the radical mosque.”
Well, perhaps, we should give Feisal Abdul Rauf the benefit of the doubt. His wife, however, has invoked the weary and worn-out specter of Hitler’s persecution of the Jews to defame Americans who object to the construction of the mosque. —Now euphemistically described as a cultural center with a “Prayer-space.”
"We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized antisemitism," said Daisy Khan, who is spearheading the project with her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. "It's beyond Islamophobia. It's hate of Muslims."
How then do we answer Daisy Khan’s accusation that we Americans are infected, as if with a malignant cancer, with a metastasized Muslim hatred?
Let me see. Daisy, Americans do not hate. They do not object to the building of a mosque. They object only to its location at Ground Zero. Why are you unable to recognize that the construction of a Muslim mosque at the gravesite of 3000 Americans murdered by 19 Muslims, in the name of Allah, is offensive to Americans—and that the mosque is most offensive to the families of those who have lost a husband, wife, child or friend to a most cowardly terrorist attack? Why will you not recognize, understand and respect the idea that Americans are still grieving their dead? Why will you not simply build the mosque somewhere else? Why do you accuse us of the rankest prejudice? How would you feel, for example, if Americans were to build a Catholic Cathedral at the center of Mecca, this to extend our hand and heart in peace and understanding? Or are Catholic churches allowed in Mecca?
Daisy, Americans who object to the construction of the Cordoba Mosque are as equally possessed of Constitutional freedoms as you and those Americans, including the President, who condemn us as usurpers of the Constitution. When one contemplates the suffering of the men, women and children who lost friends or relatives to 19 merciless jihadist zealots, and the symbolic insult a second Cordoba Mosque would impose upon them, why Daisy have you answered our objection with accusations that we Americans are metastasizing Muslim hatred.
While Ms. Kahan’s remark is a savage and profoundly vulgar libel of Americans, she is not alone in her vulgarity. In reading about this issue I discovered in Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the perfection of the smutty and salacious mind and mouth. In a masterpiece of demagogory, in stentorian, melodramatic bluster, Mr. Olbermann defames the thousands of Americans who witnessed the immolation of Americans at Ground Zero and who still mourn their deaths.
Mr. Olbermann, I think, playing the part of Feisal Abdul Rauf’s wife, Daisy again adopted NAZI imagery to characterize Americans as the spiritual progeny of German National Socialism. According to a righteously inflamed Mr. Olbermann, conservatives were responsible for Hitler’s ascendance to power. He had even discovered a “conservative” to prove his point.
No so of course. In fact, the liberal intellectual crowd, Academic intellectuals being the most shameful of all, fawned all over Adolph, his partners in crime, and the national socialist state. For example, the existential philosopher Martin Heidegger could not say enough good things about Hitler. Heidegger always signed off on his stationary with a Zieg Heil. When not effusing about his incomprehensible book Being and Time, he praised Hitler and the NAZI state. Of course, after Hitler’s fall, he denied his NAZI romance, and claimed, in fact, a sort of passive resistance to the Third Reich. In fact, he did his best, this good liberal, to kick as many Jews as he could out of the university in which he taught, including the Jew who got him his position—and who incidentally invented the philosophical science known as Phenomenology.
While Mr. Olbermann dresses up his diatribe with what he considers to be relevant facts (for example, that you can only see the north eastern edge of Ground Zero, from the proposed Cordoba House) he also takes pains to avoid the truth, this to give input to his libel of protesting Americans.
In fact, there are over 100 mosques in New York where Muslims are free to exercise their religion without interference or protest. That said, we must accept that that somewhere in America, in some dark hole, is a skinhead who hates everyone including Muslims. Olberman, of course, found him out and insinuated that he is a typical American. This skinhead insisted that if Muslims are to open a mosque in America they must first give up the Koran. To hold up this character as typical of Americans is aberrant sophistry. Indeed, in style and content, Mr. Olberman’s spiel reeks of hatred and execrable hypocrisy.
It is a plain and transparent falsehood to accuse Americans of trying to prohibit Islamic religious practice. They do not seek to impose restrictions on the First Amendment and in fact, do not need to be lectured on the First Amendment by the likes of President O’Bama or Keith Olbermann. Americans are simply, and non violently protesting the Location of the Mosque and they have a Constitutional right to protest it.
The families of the 911 victims, in particular, simply ask that the mosque be located elsewhere. The First Amendment to which Olbermann and President O’Bama allude protects the sanctity of their peaceful request and their objection to the propriety of building a “Prayer Space” or to call it what it is, a Muslim mosque, at Ground Zero. Peaceful protest is not synonymous with religious bigotry, Daisy’s metastasized hatred or the NAZI malice with which Mr. Olbermann, rapaciously slanders Americans. Americans have a right to speak out. I believe their objection to the second Cordoba Mosque is well and truly made.
Mr. Olbermann has omitted or misrepresented other facts. Cordoba House, the institution planned will be a mosque, not a pizzeria or tanning studio. That is to say, should it bear repeating, that the “Prayer Space” so called will be a mosque. No one at the Cordoba Mosque is likely to say a rosary or quote from the bible. Its founders intend to build it in the close proximity of Ground Zero. If it is built, Americans will know it forever as the Ground Zero Mosque.
Men and women of good faith should consider the reasons that have led 70 percent of the American population to object to the construction of the Cordoba Mosque at Ground Zero. Americans object to the triumphal symbolism of a second Cordoba Mosque towering over the place where Americans were slaughtered by 19 Islamic Jihadists who justified their slaughter by reference to the Koran. Critics who choose to ignore this symbolism or who would brush aside the outrage of such human suffering with trite platitudes, or who describe the raising of a Cordoba Mosque at Ground Zero as strictly a “freedom of religion issue” are dead wrong—And that includes the President.
Mr. Olbermann, of course, modestly declares himself the moral hero of his diatribe. However, he does a grave disservice to the American people, to the dead at the Twin Towers, to his country and the truth. He is, of course, free to speak his mind. Demagoguery, ignorance and expressions of hatred are still constitutionally protected. They lack only virtue and honor, intelligence and humanity.