While the name of the proposed Ground Zero mosque continues to evolve---Cordoba House, Park 51 Project, Community Center, did I hear Interfaith Center? One thing is certain' people have strong feelings about it.
Should those strong feelings result in burning Korans? No. I don't think that is a proper response. While it is an exercise of freedom and an expression of outrage in general, it is not the right thing to do. A child's tantrum gets a lot of attention, but rarely gets the desired results.
However, appeasement is also not the appropriate response. Early America learned that lesson from the Barbary Wars and the action we finally took is referenced in the Marine Corps Hymn which begins with the verse, "From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli."
There is a long history of Muslims building mosques as something other than merely a place to worship. There is also theological justification for lying to "infidels" while they do it.
America's first national encounter with Islam was when hostile Muslim-Arab pirates from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, without provocation, attacked and ransomed ships from Europe and the United States. Sidi Haji Abdrahaman used quotes from the Koran as he explained the actions to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the meeting in France. ("Jefferson, American Minister In France", p. 413, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 30, Issue 180, October 1872)
The US was paying up to $1 million annually to ensure safe passage until 1801 when Jefferson refused to continue payments. The Barbary Wars followed, which culminated in the US naval attack of Algiers.
Before this encounter and since, history records the ultimate goals of Islam as being conversion through outreach, force and subjugation, and death and destruction when necessary.
Muslim warriors have laid waste the monuments and sacred places of non-Islamic cultures, often using as building materials the rubble of temples, churches, synagogues and cemeteries they destroyed. The magnitude of destruction they inflicted on the Hindu population of India affected the Indian culture for generations. In fact the first mosque they built in India was likely built on the site of the ancient Jain temple.
Muslims converted churches to mosques as they overran Europe, long before the Crusades. They built mosques over Jewish holy sites including Rachel's tomb, the Cave of Machpelah and most significantly, the standing remains of the Temple in Jerusalem.
The Dome of The Rock, as they call their temple site mosque, was not built there because of any special significance in Islamic tradition. The Koran doesn't even mention the holy city Jerusalem.
The mosque was built there to show the Jewish people as subjects in their own land.
The same compelling reason caused Islam to rebuild the Church of St. John in Damascus as a mosque in 705 and prompted the Taliban to destroy ancient Buddhist shrines in Afghanistan in 2001.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence of Muslim triumphalism is found in the current situation in Nazareth.
The city, the largest Christian city in Israel, although it has a Muslim majority, is dominated by the black domed Basilica of the Annunciation---the largest Christian church in the Middle East. On December 21, 1997, Muslims erected a fence at the foot of the Basilica and declared it "waqf" (Muslim holy endowment). They constructed a large tent as a provisional mosque and demanded permits for the construction of a permanent mosque with a 86 meter tall minaret, which would dwarf the Basilica. It was reported that once the tent mosque was established, the Muslims proclaimed from loud speakers that anyone who wants to be certain in his life after death must convert to Muslim and if you don't get on the Islam train you're "done for."
Will the "Cordoba House"/mosque/whatever, become what the tent in Nazareth has become? A way to intimidate American infidels and serve as the symbol of Islamic supremacy and triumphalism? Does this same motivation now compel them to build a "Cordoba House" at Ground Zero?
And exactly who is going to be funding the "Cordoba House"?
Does common sense, given the history of Islam, suggest that this Muslim Center, whatever it is called, would be tantamount to planting an enemy's flag at a military cemetery where the battle dead are buried?
Evidently Mayor Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi, President Obama and others who support the building of the mosque at Ground Zero are ignoring the Muslim practice of taqiyya, as well as history itself.
Taqiyya and kitman are Muslim practices, taught in the Koran, to conceal the real intentions of Muslims while they are living in an "infidel" land. We call it telling a lie.
Christians and Jews are guided by ethical principles---Judeo-Christian principles, that consider lying to be a sin. Muslim theology teaches that lying against unbelievers or infidels, is a virtue.
Americans familiar with history, understand that the significance of the initial choice to call the mosque "Cordoba House" relates directly to the great mosque built in Spain following the Muslim conquest that was called "Cordoba House".
Cordoba House was built on the foundations of a Christian cathedral.
Mayor Bloomberg said recently, in defending the building of the mosque, "Of course, it is fair to ask the organizers of the mosque to show some special sensitivity to the situation, in fact their plan envisions reaching beyond their walls and building an interfaith community. By doing so, it is my hope that the mosque will help bring our city even closer together, and help repudiate the false and repugnant idea that the attacks of 9/11 were in any way consistent with Islam."
Joseph Puder, in his column, "Deadly Deceit," describing taqiyya says, "Mayor Bloomberg of New York and President Obama have either opted to ignore the Islamic practice of taqiyya ...or are simply blissfully ignorant of them."
Mayor Bloomberg's statement is equivalent to a European leader who once met with Hitler at a train station, returned home, and told his countrymen, "everything is under control."
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