PEACEFUL ACTION ALERT: Opponents Pack Hearing on Mosque Near Ground Zero   Leave a comment

Oh…MY….GOD!

I have been trying to avoid this since I first heard about it.  It’s just too….sad.  It’s too deep.  It’s too insane to even allow it to happen. 

I can’t believe that this is being considered. 

I can’t believe that discussion of this is even being allowed.

I can’t BELIEVE that they want to even DEVELOP Ground Zero in the first place . . . but to put a mosque on that property . . . WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

That’s like . . . bulldozing Auschwitz and putting a Hitler memorial on top of it.

That’s like . . . letting the KKK have their headquarters where Martin Luther King Jr. got shot.

That’s like . . . putting a nuclear power plant and pro-nuclear weapon museum in Hiroshima.

I mean…it’s blasphemous!  And I don’t mean in a religious sense.  Let’s keep that out of it.  I mean that it’s just blasphemous in principle.  It’s blasphemous against the American people.  It’s blasphemous TO ALL AMERICANS WHO REMEMBER 9-11 AND TO THOSE TO DIED IN THOSE ATTACKS! 

I cannot even wrap my head around this. 

If this passes . . . it will be a dark, dark, dark day for this country—a day where we rolled over and allowed our enemies to step on us and kick us, asserting their dominance. We might as well pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan because we would have just lost the war.  What’s the point in fighting if we allow them to build their mosque on hallowed ground?  That’s what Muslims do.  When they declare war on another country or religion, whenever they CONQUOR said country or said religion, they tear down their important symbols and churches and whatnot and they BUILD MOSQUES ON THOSE SITES AS A SIGN THAT THEY HAVE WON!

Again, I ask . . . WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY THINKING!!!!!  (and I want to use more colorful language when I say this!)

Opponents pack hearing on mosque near ground zero

By CRISTIAN SALAZAR, Associated Press Writer Cristian Salazar, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jul 13, 11:56 pm ET

NEW YORK – Dozens of opponents and some supporters of a mosque planned near ground zero attended a raucous hearing Tuesday about whether the building where the Muslim place of worship would be created warrants designation as a city landmark and should be protected from development.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, who has sought an investigation into the funding of the mosque, was among the witnesses who testified in support of giving the building landmark status, which could complicate plans by Muslim groups to develop a community center and mosque there.

After noting the lower Manhattan building’s history and architectural significance, Lazio said it also warranted landmark designation because on Sept. 11, 2001, it was struck by airplane debris from the terror attacks against the nearby World Trade Center. That connection to the attacks, he said, made it “a place of deep historical significance and a reminder of just what happened on New York’s darkest day.”

Lazio has called on state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, his Democratic opponent in the governor’s race, to investigate the funding of the project. On Tuesday, he repeated that request and said the pace of the landmark designation process should be slowed to allow time to thoroughly investigate the matter.

Nearly 100 people attended the hearing at a college campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Fifty-six people testified at the hearing, which turned contentious at times, with some speakers drowned out by shouts from the audience and with one man escorted out by campus security.

“To deprive this building of landmark status is to allow for a citadel of Islamic supremacy to be erected in its place,” said Andrea Quinn, a freelance audio technician from Queens who said she had worked with people at the World Trade Center.

But Rafiq Kathwari, who described himself as a moderate Muslim, said the landmark discussion had been hijacked.

INTERESTING USE OF THE WORD ‘HIJACKED’ L

“This has been made by a very vocal minority into an issue of bigotry,” said Kathwari, as he held up his U.S. passport and was nearly drowned out by shouts from the crowd. “I’m standing in a hall in which I feel ashamed to be an American.”

AS AN AMERICAN HE SHOULD BE CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SITE AND WOULD BE VOTING TO MAKE IT A HISTORICAL LANDMARK AND MOVE THIS MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE!

The mosque and the related community center are a project of several groups, including the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding between Islam and the West. Cordoba’s director, Imam Faisel Rauf, has refused to disclose the sources of funding for the mosque.

SEE!!!!!  Gee, I wonder who is funding this!!!!!!

But Sharif El-Gamal, the CEO of the company that owns the property, said that the project’s backers were committed to transparency and were working to set up a nonprofit organization.

“We are going to go through a capital campaign,” which will consist of equity debt, bonds, grants and fundraising from the grass roots, he said. They were committed to working with the attorney general’s Charities Bureau, which supervises charitable organizations and works to protect donors, he said.

El-Gamal testified at the hearing, saying they were opposed to designating the building a landmark because it does not meet the requirements of historical significance.

“This is not the Woolworth building, this is not the Chrysler building,” he said later in an interview.

The five-story building on Park Place, a few blocks north of Wall Street, was completed between 1857 and 1858 and is an Italian Renaissance-inspired palazzo. It formerly housed a department store, which closed after the building was damaged on Sept. 11. Muslim prayer service is held at the building at least one day a week.

Landmark status could require the owners to obtain the approval of the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission before making significant changes. It’s unlikely that, if granted such status, the building could be demolished.

The city’s 11-member Landmarks Preservation Commission is expected to vote later this summer on whether the building meets the standards of architectural, cultural and historic characteristics to qualify it for landmark status.

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE CHAIR OF THE LANDMARK PRESERVATION COMMISSION IN NYC:

http://nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maillpc.html

PLEASE EMAIL HIM AND ASK HIM TO PRESERVE THE BUILDING ON PARK PLACE AND GROUND ZERO SO THAT THEY DON’T DEMOLISH IT!!!!!!! 

EMAIL HIM EVERY SINGLE DAY!

THIS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO THOSE WHO DIED THERE AND THE FINGER TO THOSE WHO HAD TO WATCH AND LIVE IN FEAR FOR MONTHS AND YEARS AFTERWARDS!

IF THIS GUY WHO WANTS TO BUILD THIS MOSQUE THERE WERE ANY KIND OF AMERICAN, HE WOULD BE PUSHING TO MAKE IT A LANDMARK TOO AND BUILDING HIS MOSQUE SOMEWHERE ELSE!

I WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT FOR THEM IF THEY DID THAT!

THIS IS THE MOST DISCUSTING THING I’VE EVER HEARD!

*steps down from soap box—fuming*

And this is why I didn’t want to bring it up. 

And this is why I am moved to tears when I hear our National Anthem.

Call it corny.  Call it lame.  Call it whatever you wish.  But we are a sovereign nation, they attacked us and killed civilians on our own land, and considering their history of invasion and destruction and building their places of worship over the ruins of the old civilization – THIS FITS THE BILL!!!!

If this gets passed . . . it will be a D*** shame. 

*kicks soapbox away and storms off, cursing—still fuming*

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