The photo above shows our Stop the Ground Zero Mosque Rally that we organized.
The media is lauding the announcement yesterday of the sale of the proposed Ground Zero mosque site to the shady Muslim real-estate provocateur Sharif El-Gamal, whom we defeated in his initial attempts to build a 16-story mosquestrosity in 2010.
The NY Times reported yesterday: “Con Ed Sells Building Near Ground Zero Where Plans for Mosque Caused Uproar”
That proximity to a place where more than 2,700 people were killed by terrorists set off a national debate about the plan for a mosque and Islamic cultural center on the property. The developer, Soho Properties, eventually abandoned that idea and now plans to build a three-story museum dedicated to Islam on the Con Ed site and a condominium tower on an adjacent lot, 45 Park Place, Roxanne Donovan, a spokeswoman for the developer, said on Wednesday. (The museum would contain a sanctuary for prayer services.)
Another euphemism for mosque. First it was mosque, then it was “prayer space,” and now it’s a “sanctuary.” Underhanded and deceitful.
That plan has been years in the making and it is still not clear if Sharif El-Gamal, the chief executive of Soho Properties, has the financing necessary to move forward. But he cleared one of the hurdles at the end of July, when he bought the Con Edison property for $10.7 million, Ms. Donovan said.
Where El-Gamal, who once defaulted on two bank loans, a series of tax payments and rent to both Con-Ed and Soho Properties, getting the funding is a deeply troubling question. Neither the New York Times nor WPIX seem remotely interested in that key question. El-Gamal’s shady financial dealings and ties to Islamic supremacists have never been investigated. Why not?
We beat the triumphal mosque. We never objected to Muslims praying in the Burlington Coat Factory building that was extensively damaged on 911. We objected to the 16-story mega mosque that El-Gamal had originally planned, and that would have been seen as a triumphal mosque around the Islamic world, like the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. El-Gamal has apparently scrapped plans for that in the face of overwhelming public opposition.
El-Gamal wants to place a museum of Islam at this site, a 3-story structure including a mosque, but which wouldn’t have the feel of a triumphal mosque. This is just as objectionable as his original plan, but for different reasons. Is there a museum celebrating the glories of Shintoism at Pearl Harbor? Is there a museum of the glories of the Confederacy at the site of the notorious Confederate prison at Andersonville?
A Museum to Islam on the site of the bloodiest Islamic attack on American soil is grotesque. Will there be a “sanctuary” dedicated to the hundreds of millions of non-believers slaughtered in jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements? Will there be a program designed to expunge Islamic texts and teachings of the violence commanded in the quran? No. A Museum of Islam at Ground Zero at a time when the Islamic State is killing non-Muslims in huge numbers and jihadis are conquering whole swaths of the Middle East and Africa, and American journalists are getting their heads chopped off on the 6 o’clock news.
They are still finding pieces of the plane on the site of this “Museum of Islam.” That should be an exhibit.
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