I remember September 11, 2001. The morning I saw the planes hit the twin towers I was working in my dad’s warehouse. I saw what millions of Americans saw – the video of the first tower being hit. I was thinking, ‘how did the plane get off course and accidentally hit the tower?’ My future boss was there too and he said pretty much the same. And then the second tower was hit. I thought how could a second plane accidentally hit the tower? I was still not comprehending that it was deliberate. I recoil at my past naivety.
Henceforth the culture seemed to change its convictions. I remember there were media people who conspicuously did not wear the flag pin on air while many cars traveled with American flags flapping from their windows. (Well, I guess the media didn’t change). America had seen evil and acknowledged it as such. Now, we have evil rearing its ugly head to build a place of interfaith exchange or so it claims. It’s tired after its many conquests. It wants to set up house at the very site of its greatest conquest – ground zero. The subtle statement by the media sans flag so many years ago was the first indication to me that America would not remain united in a fight against terrorism. Now it’s the average American who still has the opposing view contrary to the likes of Obama, Bloomberg or most of the media. (My friends, if money or status always equaled brilliance, piety or God’s grace think again.) But opposing what? I am speaking of the Cordoba house. This is a 13 story mosque that is planned to be built 2 blocks from ground zero.
Faisal Abdul Rauf, the imam who is spearheading Cordoba, said on 60 minutes shortly after 9-11 that America was an accessory to 9-11. He said, ‘I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened; the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.’ To confirm what he had said he was asked by Ed Bradley, ‘You say we’re an accessory?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’
Rauf wrote a book called ‘What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right with America’. It had a different title in its Malaysia printing – ‘A Call to Prayer from the World Trace Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post 9/11’. Journalist Andrew McCarthy writes, ‘dawa is proselytism, but not involving only spiritual elements – for Islam is not merely a religion, and spiritual elements are just a small part of its doctrine. In truth, Islam is a comprehensive political, social, and economic system with its own authoritarian legal framework, sharia, which aspires to govern all aspects of life…The purpose of dawa, like the purpose of jihad, is to implement, spread, and defend sharia.’
He wants the building to be a place of healing, an interfaith center. The location and his own words, however, contradict that. No, it’s a slap in the face. We beat you and here is the 100 million dollar monument to our victory. Some things in life are so blatantly wrong that no one would question it no matter what the worldview the person holds. Unless, in this case, you are a radical Muslim. If you weren’t a Muslim and still supported the Cordoba house you could say that you were at least sympathetic to their cause. ‘It’s their right’ is such a weak argument I wonder if those who argue it believe it.
That brings me to Nancy Lugosi, er Pelosi. Pelosi has called to investigate those who oppose the mosque by saying, ‘I join with those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque is being funded.’ First of all, political campaigns are funded, dissent is not. But because the tea parties are giving her and her cohorts such a headache she turns into the terminator everytime she hears of opposition. Perhaps those who oppose the mosque should call it a tea party and then we would have both Obama and Pelosi opposing it AND calling for an investigation.