The Cordoba House, also known as Park 51, is a planned Muslim mosque to be built at ground zero in lower Manhattan in New York. On September 11, 2001, New York City was under attack by a militant Islamic group, killing 2750 innocent people and injuring hundreds more. Is the site where our twin towers were destroyed by terrorists appropriate for a Muslim mosque?
Many people believe there should be a memorial for all of the lives lost on 9/11 to be remembered put in place at the site of ground zero in lower Manhattan. This was New York’s darkest day when the towers were attacked by hijacked planes and fell to the ground creating massive destruction amongst the city. Hundreds of people were injured and almost 3000 people lost their lives.
It is understood that the United States gives people the right to practice any religion they want. Freedom of religion is okay. People have the right to purchase private property also. Private property was purchased at ground zero by a company called Soho Properties for the cost of $4.5 million. Although, the business did not have revenues counting half this last year, they had the money to buy the property. The mosque will cost $200 million to build when completed. The $200 million is coming from foreign sources, not Americans or citizens of the United States. Mayor Bloomberg says we as people do not have a right to ask where the funding for this church is coming from. He says as you would not ask the church who put money in the basket at your church. The problem is that the funding for this church is not coming from our American citizens as our local church’s funding comes from the local citizens of the church. We all must tell the government where all of our money comes from at the end of each year when we file our taxes or surely, we are committing some kind of crime. It appears we can build something and call it a church to protect us from having to answer to anyone. There are no American born citizens funding this project.
Feisal Abdul Rauf is the founder and leading the Cordoba initiative. He was born in Kuwait. He feels the 9/11 site is appropriate for the site of this Muslim mosque. He says it will be a place for prayer and worship on Fridays. Although, he has not admitted to this site being a place of an ‘in your face’ to all Americans, he has said enough. When CBS asked Rauf on 60 minutes if the United States deserved the attacks on 9/11, he simply stated, “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened. But the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” He was then asked how the US was an accessory and he stated, “Because we have been an accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.” Rauf doesn’t blame terrorists for their actions of being terrorists because they are acting in what they believe and their religion. He blames the United States for being the victim and says we have brought in on ourselves.
Many people who are arguing for the Cordoba House don’t understand the meaning of the ‘Cordoba House.’ Cordoba is a city in Spain. The name Cordoba was derived from the Muslims conquering the Christians. Cordoba is well known around the world from all Muslims as the Muslim conquest of the Christians and the success of the overtaking. Anyone can name a business or a church whatever he or she want. However, naming a mosque ‘Cordoba’ at the site of ground zero where it just so happens that an Islamic group took out almost 3000 westerners doesn’t exactly sit right and is extremely coincidental. So does this mean that a Nazi group can buy a property next to a Jewish memorial, put a Nazi symbol on the side and call it a church and their place of worship on Fridays? Many American Muslims disagree with the mosque and say it is inappropriate and not consistent with the sensitivity of their Sufi philosophy and their faith.
It also appears these people have positioned themselves perfectly in the right positions to make this happen. The only roadblock that appeared to stop the construction of the Muslim mosque in lower Manhattan was the ability to preserve the building and call it a historic landmark. In most cities around the nation, if a building is 100 years or older, it can be called a historic landmark and the exterior and the structure of the building must remain in tact and the same way it was built. This structure was built in 1857 and 1858 with the Italian Renaissance palazzo style. The intention was to invoke images in New York of economic might. The committee denied the preservation of the building and is allowing destruction of New York’s ‘symbol of economic might’, even though the twin towers symbolizing economic might were destroyed and this very site. Why wouldn’t the committee preserve anything they can at the site of 9/11? Look at the people who are on the board and made this decision.
There are too many factors in place that prove the site of the Muslim mosque, known as the Cordoba House is not for worship but instead a slap in the face of all of the Americans of the United States. President Obama’s job is to uphold the constitution, which states they can practice their religion and build a church. Not once did Obama promise Americans to be compassionate toward the citizens of the United States. He didn’t promise to care about us or give us a good life. He promised to uphold the laws. As Feisal Abdul Rauf said our policies are the accessory, it appears our own president is showing us just this. So all of you who voted for Obama, who will allow this mosque to go up at the site where we lost 3000 lives and all watched in horror as we were under attack, educate yourself about the person you are going to vote for next time and educate yourself on what they mean when they say ‘change’. Obama has been in office for 16 months and as Quayle is protesting he is by far the worst president the nation has ever seen, Obama is set out to prove it to all of us. If this site is allowed to be built, Obama should be impeached from his office, but again, unfortunately this is only one of our ‘accessory policies’ we let on ourselves.
Whether any of us believe the Cordoba House should go up in its place, it will. It will because anyone, even non-citizens have the freedoms to do so. We give the freedoms for illegals to cross the borders, vote, get a free education while others pay for student loans, and obtain free medical care and more. Our president has encouraged and created a welfare atmosphere. So when you complain about the Cordoba House, think about whom you voted for. It will go up. This is just the beginning of a wrath called upon us that Obama is inviting in. I would love to hear what Henry Kissinger would think about this. Roosevelt has probably already rolled over in his grave to see the current president destructing the country in such a way.
The Cordoba House is a memorial for the 9/11 occurrence. It is a memorial for the Islamic terrorists on our own land.