The Muslims Take Manhattan

Why on earth would any American support the 9-11 mosque?

It is certainly true that not all Muslims are terrorists, however, sadly we say that the majority of terrorists in the world are Muslims.

- Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid, September 23, 2004

In the six years since these words were written, nothing has taken place to prove them false and many incidents have confirmed them.  Tim McVeigh continues to stand solitary and alone as the single example of a non-Muslim terrorist mass murderer - and even in his case, questions remain.  Meanwhile, a constant drumbeat of terror attempts by Muslims of all backgrounds and races demonstrates that, while evil can be found in every ethnicity, race, nationality, or hair color, this particular form of evil is found almost exclusively in only one creed, the creed of Islam.

Nowhere in America should this transparently obvious fact carry more weight than in New York City.  On a percentage basis, the 3,000 office workers and firefighters who were murdered on September 11, 2001 by Muslim terrorists is not so very much in a city of many millions.  As dramatic earthshaking horrors go, though, the collapse of the World Trade towers is tough to beat.

To this day, despite countless billions, dozens of beautifully-drawn artist's impressions and even several fancy architectural models, the place where the towers once stood remains a vast empty hole in the ground.

No, the victims of 9-11 have no monument or memorial, but the perpetrators of that atrocity are far along in plans for a 13-story commemoration of their blow against the Great Satan.  The New York Daily News reports:

A proposal to build a mosque steps from Ground Zero received the support of a downtown committee despite some loved ones of 9/11 victims finding it offensive.

The 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board 1's financial district committee.  [emphasis added]

Why couldn't it be these guys instead?

The imam-in-charge, Feisal Abdul Rauf, says that his goal is to "foster better relations between the West and Muslims."  One might imagine that would be better achieved by reaching out to the perpetrators of violence and not its victims, but that assumes that his stated goal is genuine.

In order to combat evil, you must first identify evil and then denounce it.  In order to bring about peace, you must first clarify the issues of conflict.  Certainly, a respected Muslim imam could be extremely helpful in this effort.  Unfortunately, Imam Rauf sounds, well, pretty much like Democratic politicians or the New York Times:

In an interview with Beliefnet on Islam and America, a reporter asked Rauf, "Some Islamic charities are being investigated for terrorist ties. Have you seen what you consider to be reputable Islamic charities being financially damaged?"

"We believe that a certain portion of every charity has been legitimate," he responded. "To say that you have connections with terrorism is a very gray area. It's like the accusation that Saddam Hussein had links to Osama bin Laden. Well, America had links to Osama bin Laden - does that mean that America is a terrorist country or has ties to terrorism?"

In 2004, Rauf participated in a 30-second advertisement, broadcast on Arabic television, in which he apologized for alleged abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

The Times reported Rauf said he believes "Islamic terrorists do not come from another moral universe - that they arise from oppressive societies that he feels Washington had a hand in creating."  [emphasis added]

Has America made mistakes and killed innocent people?  Undoubtedly.  Has America, as a matter of policy, ever set out with the express purpose of killing innocent civilians for no military purpose whatsoever?  Never!

Yet, as a matter of policy, that is precisely what Muslim terrorists do - whether it be in Israel, in Iraq, in Spain, in London, or in New York City.  Anyone who fails to see the difference suffers from total moral blindness.  Any Muslim leader who refuses to understand this can reasonably be placed foursquare on the side of our enemies.

Is there, perhaps, another explanation?  Most Americans like to think of themselves as reasonable and logical, not prone to emotional reactions.

In the rest of the world, though, cool logic isn't king; symbolism holds great power.  What could possibly be more symbolic than a giant mosque being built within spitting distance of Osama bin Laden's triumph?  There's a history here; the great cathedral of Hagia Sophia in what is now Istanbul was converted into a mosque when the Christian city was conquered by Muslim Ottoman Turks in 1453.

In Turkey, devoutly Islamic Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan read a classic Muslim poem that should be enlightening:

The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers...

Is it any wonder that Islam wants to establish a barracks in the heart of the West for the purpose of producing anti-Western soldiers?  The only marvel is that we allow it.

America has a centuries-old tradition of freedom of religion; but there has always been an implicit bargain: any religion is welcome here, as long as it is willing to peaceably allow people to practice some other religion or no religion and refrains from trampling the rights of any individual.  In contrast to the Europe of centuries ago, our Catholics and our Protestants fight only with their words - seeking converts from the other side, but only through peaceful persuasion and the exercise of "individual soul liberty."  For similar reasons, cannibal religions and Voodoo are not generally welcomed in the United States because the beliefs of those religions inherently infringe on the rights of other individuals.

If Islam was truly a religion of peace and believed that each individual had the right to disagree with its tents, if Islam believed that everyone had a perfect right to be utterly wrong and to damn themselves to Hell by rejecting the Prophet Muhammad, then there'd be no problem.  Unfortunately, both the Koran and harsh experience teach that the religion of Islam, by its very nature, is implacably opposed to American religious liberty and freedom as we understand it.

As Justice Jackson said, "The Constitution is not a suicide pact."  By allowing a mosque to spread its venom from the very center of New York, we are baring our breast for the assassin's knife.  Is this really a good idea?

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Immigration.
Reader Comments
Sounds like your opposition is less about the Manhattan purchase specifically and more about Islam in general.

In a sense, those that fear Muslim extremism should welcome Mosques being built. Heck, I should build my house next to one. When the Jihadist's bombs start falling, I can take the family next door to hide.
May 20, 2010 12:41 PM
I studied Islam in the middle of the decade (2005-2007).. innovation, called «bida», is frowned upon mostly because it was not the way of the prophet Muhammad [here I interject the Arabic «sallailahu alayhi wa sallam»] . There are lists of his habits and quotes of his called «hadith», not to mention "The Ways of the Traveller", saying, in essence, that to emulate Muhammad is of the highest virtue- although God (in Arabic, «Allah») is the ultimate Judge, the mantra is that those who reject the prophet Muhammad, especially Jews & Christians, are definitely doomed by their tenets unless they submit...
Yes, most Muslims are not terrorists, and most terrorists are Muslim (where's the IRA? the SLA?) but like pre-Revolutionary War Puritans and slave owners, Quakers, Libertines and Deists, I believe there is a place in the world for all of us, especially in the United States.
@Ifon; their Eid festival (after Ramadan) is a wondrous experience... too bad there are not more such...
May 20, 2010 7:14 PM
Yes, I think that's true. At this point, there are still more 'good' Muslims than bad ones. I'm not sure where the line in the sand is. I'm also not sure what constitutes a 'good' Muslim. Someone who doesn't believe in forcing their views on others, I guess.
May 21, 2010 6:56 AM
I don't see the evidence that there are more "good" Muslims than bad ones. There are certainly far more Muslims that do not commit terrorist crimes than do, but that doesn't necessarily make the non-terrorists "good." Countless polls have shown the vast majority of Muslims to agree with Osama bin Laden's goals, philosophy, and methods, even if they themselves personally don't want to strap on a suicide vest. In the U.S., that's not quite so; only a minority support terrorism, so I don't see a justification for actions against American Muslims in general. American Muslims are quite unique in this respect, though, so it is the height of foolishness to allow in Muslims from other lands.

Compare Nazi Germany. Most Germans never personally killed a Jew. Very, very few stood in the way of those that wanted to, and most silently applauded the genocide to the extent that they knew about it. Thus a war against Germany as a whole was perfectly justified, even though most Germans were not individually and literally mass-murderers.
May 21, 2010 8:17 AM
Think about the logical conclusion of what you are saying. Any Muslim that does not loudly say "I'm not one of them!" every time a terrorist act occurs is complicit in the crime?

That logic could applied to me, as a Christian, when an abortion doctor is killed by a fanatic. I was not particularly loud about my opposition when the last abortion doc was croaked. I didn't really say anything at all. Does that make me a "bad" Christian?

Take your Nazi Germany example. "Not standing in the way" when a Jew was killed is not the same as actually killing one. I do not agree that most silently applauded the genocide. The literature I've read all says the exact opposite - most Germans were horrified at what they saw but a) didn't want to speak up for fear of being labeled a "Jew lover" and b) over time got numb to seeing it.

The war against Germany at large had nothing to do with the German's citizens reluctance to stop the killing of Jews. It had to do with the German army invading our friends and allies. There was no declaration of war based on stuff going on INSIDE of Germany - heck, that was happening years before we ever got involved.

I would submit to you that even if you could prove that most Muslims silently applaud extremism - which obviously you can't - it still wouldn't matter. Wanting something to happen and MAKING it happen are wildly different things. Ever fantasize about robbing a bank? Not the same as actually doing it. Be careful how you go after "thought crimes".
May 21, 2010 8:45 AM
I am not advocating any action be taken against American citizens who choose to be Muslim. They are guaranteed that right. It would be prudent for our intelligence and law-enforcement services to keep careful watch over what is being preached in American mosques, just as once we kept an eye on American-German groups, but as long as there is no incitement to violence, treason, or sedition, American Muslims have the same Constitutional rights as anyone else.

That said, the fact that 1/4 young US Muslims support suicide bombings should make our hair stand on end.

Muslims who are not American citizens are a completely different situation: they have no right to enter this country, and there is no logical reason why we should allow them to do so given the countless polls showing strong support for anti-Americanism and terrorism in the Muslim world. Note that Imam Rauf of the Manhattan mosque was not born an American citizen, and as far as I can ascertain is not a naturalized one either.
May 21, 2010 10:40 AM
My experience as a student somewhat concurs with your one out of four ratio, with a much higher (3 of 4 perhaps) if they are white, and much lower (1 of 10) if they are black- my guess is that the blacks are genuinely concerned with redeeming their souls thru seeking God thru prayer, where the whites are angry at the world... not like I kept count or took names...
May 21, 2010 2:36 PM
Interesting. I have not seen polls breaking down Muslim opinions by race. I have seen evidence that black felons who convert to Islam in prison do have a lower recidivism rate than average, much as prison converts to Christianity have a better chance of truly reforming. This would fit in with your observations.
May 21, 2010 4:01 PM
Now not one, but TWO Mosques planned for WTC site.

Yes, they are definitely trying to make a point.
May 26, 2010 10:27 AM
yes they are making some point.. shall we embrace the heritage of religious indifference or ...?
Either way we lose.. that's why I'm an atheist..
however cynical, let your god sort 'em out.. private property is private, and others (to illustrate my point) need not be involved; a group does not need society's approval to do things non-violent in nature, such as using their land for whatever structure, and it certainly does not need mine.. that is my libertarian nature however speaking: i do not live in Manhattan, nor am I likely to visit anytime soon

May 26, 2010 10:59 PM
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