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New Imam for New York’s Ground Zero Mosque
The Ground Zero Mosque has a new Imam in charge.
A shakeup was recently reported – an ouster of Abdul Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, and their having been replaced an Imam from Washington.
Backers of the mosque seem to think that with the change the controversy has ended – or at least been mitigated. The answer of course is “not at all”. Rauf, for all his negatives, was not the real controversy, nor is the First Amendment right of Muslims to build their mosque the issue. Clearly they have that right.
What tone-deaf liberals, beginning with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are trying to ignore is the specific location and Muslim insistence on that specific location that keeps the issue inflamed. Muslims and their liberal backers have steadfastly refused to even consider alternative sites. The Islamic obsession with building their mosque adjacent to the site of the 9/11 attack – pulled off by a group of radical Islamic terrorists, has made the project a major controversy and fueled observations it is an in-your- face act of Islamic spite. As some have described it – it’s actually an Islamic victory lap for the 9/11 terror attack.
Adding to such speculation is the name given the project: “Cordoba”. The name reprises a Spanish mosque built in the mid 11th Century to celebrate a Moorish (Muslims of that day) victory over Christians. Anger over the New York mosque was stoked when its founder, Imam Rauf was dispatched on a tour of Islamic states in the Middle East – with all expenses picked up by American taxpayers. Despite State Department denials – proffered with straight faces – Rauf was restricted from using the junket as a fund raising ploy for his Mosque.
Of course, without having to murmur a word, Rauf was a walking fund raiser for his Mosque. Of course we’ll never know how much that junket netted the peripatetic Imam.
So Rauf is out and Muslim strategists are replacing him with Imam Abdullah Adhami.
Of the new Imam, Writer Pam Geller – an expert on things Islamic – points out the new Imam, Adhami, has connections with Siraj Wahhaj, a prominent American Muslim with a history of Islamic supremacist statements.
Such a connection obviously does not bode well for diminishing the controversy. Again, Mosque backers just cannot grasp the fact that as long as that specific location is involved, the Mosque will forever be a focus for severe tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims. The controversy will not likely dim.
According to Geller, Siraj Wahhaj once proclaimed: ”The Americans are not your friends ... The Canadians are not your friends ... The Europeans are not your friends. Your friend is Allah, the Messenger and those who believe. These people will never be satisfied with you until you follow their religion..."
Geller quotes Wahhaj further: "In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing, and the only thing that will remain will be Islam....if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate."
Of course, Mayor Bloomberg, whose support of the Cordoba mosque is seen as largely due to personal financial considerations, doesn’t care about such details.
Suggestions the project can bring harmony between Muslims and non-Muslims are beyond absurd. For those for whom pointing out so obvious a fact is necessary, it probably doesn’t really matter.
As explained in Jeremiah 5:21 (King James version of course): "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." An obvious biblical reference to liberals.
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