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I'll Tell You Where You Can Put Your Mosque, Imam Feisal
What's the perverse logic involved in not opposing the building of a mosque about a block from the scene of one of modern history's truly egregious terrorist atrocities? It would appear to be something like this: Any culture that refuses to emerge from its barbaric medieval roots but rather chooses to use modern western technology to indiscriminately murder innocent people of every nationality and religion, including its own, can't be all bad, right?
Where that technology is involved, President Obama, we get it that you think Muslims around the world need the reassurance only NASA can provide that they should feel good about their contributions to math and science. I'm sure Osama bin Laden and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are simply glowing with pride that you've chosen to recognize their contributions to these disciplines.
One of the problems is, though, that the Iranian Muslims' contributions to math and science are currently taking the form of their using math to calculate the trajectories of the nuclear missiles their scientists are developing in order to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. While our own space program has - at your behest, Mr. President - been dumbed down to the level of politically correct cheerleader for terrorism, Iran's next contribution to international good will might end up being nukes in space.
And, yes, I know it's not all Muslims who share this mindset. It's just that there are enough of them who do that they're on the way to achieving their ends, perhaps the most important of which is imposing shariah law, whose practices include genitally mutilating women, then stoning them to death if they're caught committing such unthinkbable sins as walking with a man who's not one of their relatives. Those practices also include the murder of homosexuals and infidels. It's their way of tipping their turbans to the social progress of the west over the past millennium.
Another problem is that there aren't enough of the other kind, the so-called "moderate" Muslims, who are willing to stand up to them and take back their faith. And now that there's a closet Islamist sympathizer posing as the leader of the free world, things aren't getting any easier for western democracies.
This is not a question of freedom of religion. Islam is not a religion, certainly not in the sense that Christianity or Buddhism or Judaism are religions. It's a dictated way of life, an unenlightened and barbaric code that Frank Gaffney describes as a "repressive theo-political-military-legal doctrine that animates the builders [of the Ground Zero mosque] and that their fellow adherents seek to impose on the entire world." ("Coming to Grips With Shariah," Townhall.com, August 9, 2010)
The differences between Islam and Christianity also include this: While Christian fundamentalists generally separate themselves from more moderate Christians by attending churches of denominations that reflect their beliefs, Islamic fundamentalists can be members of mosques that might to appearances be identified as "moderate." Although there are specific mosques presided over by radical Imams that jihadists gravitate to, unlike those of their Christian counterparts, these mosques don't identify themselves as "fundamentalist" and publicize their radical agenda. As a result, jihadists tend to be spread out among many mosques. As Gaffney explains, "Shariah practitioners . . . engage in deliberate deception to facilitate the penetration of their doctrine into Western societies."
To those who insist that it is a small segment of the Muslim population (most put it at around ten percent) that is bent on destroying western democracy and implementing shariah law universally, that merely means the likelihood is that in any given mosque with, say, 1,000 members, about 100 of them would like to see all of us infidels dead or forcibly converted to Islam.
As Nonie Darwish, founder of the group Arabs for Israel, has explained, "A mosque is not just a place for worship. It's a place where war is started, where commandments to do jihad start, where incitements against non-Muslims occur." As Charles Krauthammer recognized on Fox New's "Special Report" on August 9, many Muslims are waging "religious war" against us. The unwillingness of New York's Mayor Bloomberg to confront the fact that we are about to provide yet another foothold to the very group who less than a decade ago killed 3,000 innocent people and who are after nothing less than to subjugate us by any means necessary is a testament to either his ignorance or his stupidity, possibly to both.
The building of a mosque funded by an Imam with radical Islamist sympathies, a mosque that is a monument to imposing the Islamist intellectual and spiritual blight that is shariah law on the world, is an affront to decent people of all nationalities and religions. Given that our allowing such a structure to be built within a short distance of Ground Zero represents a victory for the forces of darkness, I'd suggest we tell Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf in no uncertain terms that he instead put his mosque where the sun don't shine.