Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mosque at Ground Zero?

This is the most clearly stated, sensible, and historically accurate statement that I've read on this issue (and I've read a lot of them).

Statement on the Proposed "Cordoba House" 
Mosque near Ground Zero

~~by Newt Gingrich

July 21, 2010 6pm
There should be no mosque near 
Ground Zero in New York so long as
 there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward uswhile they demand our weakness and submission is over.

The proposed "Cordoba House" overlooking the 
World Trade Center site –
where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed  one of our most famous landmarks - is a test of the timidity,passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don't understand that "Cordoba House" is a deliberately insulting term. It refers toCordoba , Spain – the capital of Muslimconquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world's third-largest mosque complex.

Today, some of the Mosque's backers insist this term is being used to
 "symbolize interfaith cooperation" when, in fact, everyIslamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a  sign of theircontempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way. Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for "religious  toleration" are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more  than 100 mosques already exist in New York City . Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia . In fact no Christian  or Jew can even enter Mecca .  And they lecture us about tolerance.

If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious
  toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead  such a campaign.

We have not been able to rebuild the 
World Trade Center in nine years. Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will be
 built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

Finally where is the money coming from? The people behind the Cordoba
  House refuse to reveal all their funding sources.
America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive
  designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of  our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.
No mosque.
No self deception.
No surrender.
The time to take a stand is now - at this site on this issue.

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