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Pamela Geller, American Thinker: The Theft of Ground Zero

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Please read my latest article over at The Thinker. It is a very important argument that must be made. Forward it. Think about it. And join us tomorrow to protest the Ground Zero mosque at 12:45 pm in front of 250 Broadway. Bring signs and flags and love of country, respect for the fallen.

At zeroDecember 13, 2010

The Theft of Ground Zero By Pamela Geller

The most egregious aspect of the Ground Zero mosque controversy is something that people don't think or talk about: the incalculable theft involved in this second wave of the 9/11 attacks. These Islamic supremacists are grifting the system big time. And yet the biggest theft of all is one that everyone has overlooked.

The biggest theft of all is that they have stolen Ground Zero itself from America like thieves in the night. They have ripped it from our collective soul and national psyche.

Now, whenever anyone mentions Ground Zero, it has nothing to do with the largest attack ever on American soil.  Whenever anyone speaks about Ground Zero now, it is never about the thousands of lives lost that day.  It is never about the hundreds who jumped to their deaths because the alternative was worse.  It is never about the horrified, terrified people on the planes who watched in indescribable horror as they crashed into these buildings to the wail of Allahu akbar.

Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan have stolen Ground Zero. They have kidnapped it. Hijacked it. Before these heartless Islamic supremacists declared their stealth jihad, Ground Zero was like Pearl Harbor or Antietam or Gettysburg: the site of a catastrophic loss of life through an unprecedented act of war. Ground Zero was the site of the largest attack on American soil in our history. Ground Zero was where we would mourn our dead. Ground Zero was where moms, dads, aunts, uncles, kids, construction workers, stockbrokers, waiters, postmen, and other ordinary Americans became the infantry — soldiers without uniforms. Ground Zero was hallowed ground.

But no more. Not since these raiders came in the dark of night with their fifteen-story mega- mosque. They have succeeded in stealing our memory, our cherished remembrance of that horrible day. They stole Ground Zero. Before the advent of Daisy Khan and Feisal Abdul Rauf, Ground Zero was just that: it was September 11. But now Ground Zero is all about a mosque. It has morphed (like the Ground Zero mosque controversy itself) into an angst-ridden conflict about insensitivity toward Muslims, "backlash" against Muslims, and American attitudes toward Islam.

Now, Ground Zero is all about the earnest, unctuous, smug, and deceitful faces of Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan, and about their concern over imaginary "Islamophobia."

Remember also that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has been unmasked as a New Jersey slumlord. He just had his slum buildings placed in receivership despite getting taxpayer dollars to make repairs. Rauf snagged more than $2 million in public financing to renovate low-income apartments; he kept the money and never made the repairs. He took the money and forced good people to live with vermin and in dilapidated conditions.

Yet not once did any American media outlet ask him where all that money went.

There is more. Rauf and his wife Daisy listed their one-bedroom apartment as a mosque in order to conduct what appears to amount to tax fraud. Rauf sought "church status" — to avoid paying taxes. He got the wildly valuable tax-exempt status for his Muslim organization after deceiving the IRS by claiming that as many as five hundred of its members prayed in that tiny one-bedroom apartment (which was also listed as Daisy's residence).

Meanwhile, we, the American people, fund Rauf's State Department junkets to terror states — and now the Ground Zero mosque organizers want even more tax money. Yet Daisy Khan said recently on ABC News that "we don't want use taxpayer money." This was yet another outrageous lie. In fact, Daisy Khan and Imam Rauf may float public debt to raise the money for the Ground Zero mega-mosque . And outrageously, they have  applied for a $5-million grant from the 9/11 fund to rebuild lower Manhattan. The language of morality is in such grave disorder today that it is Daisy Khan and Feisal Abdul Rauf who are lauded and venerated, revered, and respected, despite their long record of dishonesty and deceit. Rauf is even a nominee for Time Magazine's Person of the Year, while those few who dare speak about the real meaning of Ground Zero and why it disrespectful and dishonorable to build a giant mosque there are kicked to the curb like so much rubble — to paraphrase Rauf's description of the human remains at the World Trade Center.

How dare they?
How dare they steal our children and our parents and our loved ones, those we lost on 9/11, from us?
And why haven't our political elites and our media shamed them into crawling back under the rock from which they emerged?

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