Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some facts about the Ground Zero Mosque debate

In listening to the Ground Zero Mosque being discussed on talk radio I noticed that a number of leftist callers were very misinformed about a great many things. Here is a corrective in case any of them wander by this blog.

There is no mosque in the Pentagon. There is a room set aside for Muslims (who are required to pray 5 times per day by prostrating themselves and repeating certain phrases the required number of times) to pray so that people will not trip over them in the offices and corridors.

There will be a mosque in the structure being planned for the site of the old Burlington Coat Factory near the World Trade Center location (now knows as "Ground Zero"). It will have other things besides the mosque, such as a swimming pool, but there absolutely will be a mosque.

The Burlington Coat Factory building was struck by one of the landing gear assemblies from one of the hijacked planes (I believe the one flown by Mohammed Atta). The building took severe damage as the result of the landing gear assembly crashing through the roof and several floors. The fact that the building was damaged by one to the hijacked planes makes it part of Ground Zero. Even if it were a mile from the WTC the fact that a piece of one of the planes struck it makes it just as much Ground Zero as the hole in the ground where the WTC once stood.

It is appropriate to call the planned structure the "Ground Zero Mosque" since that is what the imam who is planning the project has called it.

The official name of the planned project is not "the Park51 Project" as Time magazine refers to it. The correct name is "Cordoba Initiative". The planned mosque and Islamic cultural center will be called "Cordoba House". Calling the Cordoba Initiative the Park51 Project is an attempt to deflect attention away from the symbolism of naming the proposed mosque after the Cordoba mosque in Spain.

The name Cordoba House comes from the mosque in Cordoba, Spain. When the Muslims conquered the Visigoth kingdom on the Iberian Peninsula (modern Spain) they celebrated their victory by turning the Christian church of St. Vincent in Cordoba (built in 600 AD) into a mosque. It is a common practice in Islam to build a mosque on the site of a conquered people's holy place. This was done in Jerusalem when the Muslim shrine the Dome of the Rock and a mosque was built on the Jewish Temple Mount.

The name Cordoba House leads observers who are aware of Muslim history and not blinded by political correctness to conclude that the mosque is intended to celebrate Islam's great victory over the United States (commonly called the Great Satan by Muslims) and to honor the 19 martyrs who hijacked the planes on 9/11.

The fact that the imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, who is spearheading the Cordoba Initiative, has stated that he will accept money from Iran (rogue state and terrorist supporting Islamic theocracy) and Saudi Arabia (the home of Whabbi Islam - the religion of Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 hijackers, as well as their homeland) and the fact that he is on record (and tape) stating that the events of 9/11 and Islamic terrorism in general are an "understandable reaction" to the actions of the United States (along with the fact that he will not condemn Palestinian terrorism against Israel) lends a great deal of credence to the view that the Cordoba House will be a victory monument to the events of 9/11.