Thursday, August 19, 2010

Obama’s Mosque at Ground Zero

Obama’s Mosque at Ground Zero
Ken Blackwell

By embracing the mosque at Ground Zero, President Obama made it his own. And as his own, it will be an albatross around his neck. At a glittering White House dinner marking the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, Mr. Obama made a strong appeal for religious liberty and tolerance.

Religious liberty for whom? Is there one region in the world—even one—with a Muslim majority where religious liberty is enjoyed by anyone? Right after 9/11, Michigan political science professor Muktedar Khan confronted his fellow Muslims. He said they all knew that the U.S. was the best country in the world in which to practice Islam. If they doubted that, he challenged his fellow believers to accept his offer of a one-way air fare to the Muslim-majority country of their choice. He got no takers.

Religious liberty in California? When 5,836,072 Californians voted—including millions of Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons and Lutherans--voted to uphold marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman, President Obama opposed them. He did not think they should express their religious convictions in this way. When a single federal judge overruled those millions of voters, President Obama did not step forward to defend religion and democracy.

Religious liberty for Jews? When American Jews showed their deep concern over the right of Jews in East Jerusalem to build apartment houses for their fellow Jews, Obama stiff-armed their concerns. He did not call it a “local issue.” He jumped into the controversy against the Jews building homes for Jews in a Jewish state.

Religious liberty for Catholics? President Obama’s administration received urgent appeals from the nation’s Catholic Bishops. Please, they said, pass national health care but don’t force us to subsidize abortion, don’t force Catholic practitioners to compromise their consciences. Did President Obama yield an inch to the Bishops? Not one.

Religious liberty for Evangelicals? When the Hastings Law Center kicked the Evangelical Christian Legal Society off campus at Berkeley, California, did President Obama stand up for those Evangelicals’ religious liberty? Did he support their freedom of association? Not at all.

What we see in this administration is the most selective defense of religious liberty in our history. Only Muslims’ religious liberty is being protected. Only their beliefs are respected by President Obama.

What about the deeply held convictions of tens of millions of Americans? President Obama claims to understand the “feelings” of Americans who have suffered “trauma” as the result of 9/11.

There you have it: Muslims have religious principles and beliefs which we are all called upon to respect. But the rest of us have only emotions, feelings. We are, in short, not being reasonable.

Professor Obama appears to be ever-so-reasonable. He constantly looks for ways to lecture us about our constitutional obligations.

Justice Robert Jackson did not agree. The Constitution, Justice Jackson famously wrote, is not a suicide pact. Apparently, Mr. Obama thinks it is.

To allow a mosque within spitting distance of Ground Zero is to allow a triumphal arch for our jihadist enemies. It will be a recruiting poster for jihadists worldwide.

Imam Rauf is not the “moderate” Muslim he pretends to be. Even now, as he tours the Mideast on a junket paid for by our State Department, he is seeking funds for his Ground Zero mosque from some of the same sources that have incubated jihadism.

Imam Rauf has named the 13-story, $100 million Islamic “cultural center” he wants to build Cordoba House. That should be a hint. Cordoba was the capital of Moorish Spain. For seven hundred years, Spanish Christians lived under the Muslim yoke. For seven centuries they were mere dhimmis, lacking all religious, civil, and economic rights. Could we have a clearer indication of what Imam Rauf wants here?

Do we want sharia law here? That’s the law they have in Saudi Arabia. Imam Rauf is all out for sharia. If he succeeds in his life quest, Americans will lose every liberty—starting with our religious liberty.

No, Americans have every right to object strenuously to using religious liberty as a cloak to destroy religious liberty. No, they do not have a right to build their Cordoba House near Ground Zero.

Every candidate for the House and Senate, every candidate for state and local office, should be required to take a stand on this critical issue. If you are willing to bring Cordoba House to Ground Zero, there is no place in America that is safe from sharia law.

Obama's Choice: Boy Scouts or Islam?
Michael Reagan

President Obama couldn't bring himself to observe the National Day of Prayer or spend time with the Boy Scouts of America, but God forbid, he couldn't miss the Muslim Iftar Ramadan dinner, or pass up a chance to praise an Islamic center a stone's throw away from Ground Zero.

He later backed down -- a bit.

One has to wonder exactly who is this Barack Obama? Is he the Muslim-educated student who has repeatedly proclaimed his Christian beliefs while finding himself unable to put a foot in a Christian church in Washington he can call his own, or is he an adult still motivated by the Muslim faith he learned and practiced as a young man?

This is a serious question, especially since Obama has gone out of his way to befriend a community, many of whom bear a deep hatred for the United States and a fanatical belief in the inevitability of supremacy of Islam over the United States.

Daniel Pipes writes that the Muslim population in this "country is not like any other group, for it includes within it a substantial body of people who desire, ultimately, to transform it into a nation living under the strictures of militant Islam."

He cites the case of Siraj Wahaj, a black convert to Islam and the recipient of some of the American Muslim community's highest honors, who in June 1991 had the privilege of becoming the first Muslim to deliver the daily prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A little over a year later, addressing an audience of New Jersey Muslims, the same Wahaj said that "if only Muslims were more clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.

Said Wahaj: "If we were united and strong, we'd elect our own emir [leader] and give allegiance to him. . . . [T]ake my word, if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us."

This is "the religion of peace"?

Writing in the August 5 Washington Times, Jeffery T. Kuhner warns that the decision to build a 13-story mosque and Muslim cultural center 600 feet from the site of Ground Zero represents the surrender of the United States to radical Islam. He insists that most New Yorkers and Americans do not want this mosque erected and warns that it will be "a symbolic monument to the triumph of Islamism in the Unites States."

Kuhner notes that the attacks on 9/11 were "committed by Muslim extremists in the name of holy war against the West. [using] the Koran and Islamic principles to justify their actions." Their ultimate goal, he warns, is "to impose a world Muslim empire based on Shariah law."

"Ground Zero," he explains, "is where the war came home to America," and supporters of the mosque project push forward to make sure "the mosque will cast a giant, dark shadow over Ground Zero," a constant reminder of Islam's victory. "If Islamism can impose its will near the site of Sept. 11, then it can impose its will anywhere."

Unfortunately, it appears that Islam is also imposing its will and casting a shadow over the Obama White House.

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