Why Mayor Bloomberg is Mistaken in his Support of 911 Mosque - Cordoba Initiative
June 30, 2010
Bloomberg's statement is not at all surprising because supporting Rauf's project takes the path of least political resistance, it's the easy way out...at least at the current juncture, and therefore such a response is consistent with someone who apparently has few core beliefs aside from trying to cultivate a touchy-feely multicultural image.
Primarily, he errs in treating Rauf's proposal as if it was just another mundane project, removing it from the context necessary to properly weigh the issue.
The context is as follows:
Rauf is an Islamist, he believes in political Islam, extending, through the imposition of Islamic religious law, the reach of Shari'a. He believes that Shari'a should be integrated into the American system of governance, a position which by necessity dictates a consequent diminution of the foundational principles - especially the Judeo-Christian ethic - upon which this country and by extension the West, was built.
In his 2006 book, "What's Right with Islam," he states, "for America to score even higher on the 'Islamic' or 'Shariah compliance' scale, America would need to do two things: invite the voices of all religions to join the dialogue in shaping the nation's practical life and allow religious communities more leeway to judge among themselves according to their own laws..."
For a glimpse of where this logic can take a culture, one need only look at the UK where now, because of a reliance on the same simplistic relativism Bloomberg is employing, there exists a de-facto bifurcated society, one aggressively Muslim, the other passively post Judeo-Christian with an officially recognized, two-tiered system of jurisprudence, one for Muslims another for everyone else.
There is nothing of the classic melting pot here; there is not only no possibility of compromise with the Islamists who are running this effort, but the Brits are instead faced with increasing demands for even more "religious accommodation," a process whereby its adherents hope to incrementally but inexorably supplant civil law with that of Shari'a.
While those in the UK must decide whether that is acceptable in their society, the idea is entirely antithetical to the essence of this country. The U.S. Constitution was never intended to be a doomsday device, giving noisy minorities harboring concepts alien to Americanism, the right to overthrow an entire system from within - the hoped for endgame by people such as imam Rauf.
Despite his claims as a peace builder, Imam Rauf curiously can't bring himself to condemn Hamas, despite it having been declared, since 1995, by the State Department as a "foreign terrorist organization." [source, http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/45323.pdf]
Similarly, when given an opportunity to condemn the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian terror organization which created Hamas, he also deferred.
It's possible to say this because imam Rauf was pointedly asked to condemn these two organizations in a recent radio interview conducted by World Net Daily journalist, Aaron Klein. [source, http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=168797]
It's odd that Mr. Bloomberg, for all his acumen is still apparently entirely unaware of some of the most important forces and ideas at play in this matter.
Central to this is the Muslim tradition of supremacist/triumphalist demonstrations, of a concrete nature, made subsequent to its conquests.
As Frank Gaffney characterizes the hidden text behind Rauf's mosque project:
There should be no doubt, not even in the Mayor's mind, that the wreckage which resulted from the Muslim attacks on 911 is seen worldwide by jihadists in the same manner that savages might appreciate bloody scalps taken from their enemies.
Ground zero then is symbolic, an icon for those who wage religiously sanctioned warfare against us as signifying a great victory over the non-believers.
It is entirely consistent with past practices then - since it's not possible to build a mosque directly on the spot where the World Trade Center used to stand - to do the next best thing, to construct a huge, in your face Muslim house of worship not only overlooking this site...but within spitting distance of it.
Mr. Bloomberg must ask himself if it would be appropriate - though "legal" - for the German government to build a cultural center, containing pamphlets attesting to the "softer" side of Nazism, next to Buchenwald, Dachau or Treblinka?
It is the question then of appropriateness upon which this matter turns.
Judging by his recent statement, Mr. Bloomberg believes that simply because something is nominally legal [ignoring the serious administrative issues still pending, such as the landmark status of the Burlington building] that status equates to it being appropriate.
The only way Mr. Bloomberg can justify his taking the easy way out here - simply rolling over - is to completely ignore everything surrounding the controversy.
Mr. Bloomberg can only reasonably support Rauf's murky Cordoba Initiative [again Mr. Bloomberg should ask imam Rauf why he chose to so name his effort, given the symbolic nature that the Muslim conquest and subsequent subjugation of Spain for nearly 700 years, constitutes among radical Muslims] if he continues to deceive himself.
Rauf's Corodoba Inititiative is a Trojan Horse, a breaching of the gates. Consequently, if the Mayor wants to ultimately go on record as defending this monstrous effort, then feigned ignorance is his only defense, a dodge certainly, but one which will not be judged terribly well in retrospect.
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