Are moderate Muslims finally, after all these years of silence, finally finding their voice?
There is evidence to believe that, since we are hearing more and more Muslims speak out against the Ground Zero Victory Mosque proposed for the site of the former World Trade Towers wiped out in the Islamic terrorist attacks of 911.
We’ve heard from Raheel Raza who is against it, and yesterday from Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid. Today the Daily Caller says Stephen Schwartz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, is speaking out against it.
Stephen Schwartz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, told The Daily Caller that despite their relative silence on the issue, many Muslims question the placement of the mosque.
“This is not a humble Islamic statement. A mosque such as this is actually a political structure that casts a shadow over a cemetery, over hallowed ground. 9/11 was the beginning of a kinetic war, it is not an opportunity for cultural exchange. It was the beginning of a conflict with those who want to destroy our way of life,” Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, told The Daily Caller.
“I am in no way looking to infringe on First Amendment issues. I approach this as a Muslim that is dedicated to reform,” he said.
The article also quotes Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, who has an idea why this project is proceeding despite all common sense.
Fatah believes the mosque plans are moving forward because they have the support of the American government. “I think they have an official green light either from the State Department or the White House telling them to, ‘Go ahead, you have our full backing,’ and they want to use this Islamic center as a place for diplomacy to the Middle East to demonstrate that the United States is a place where Muslims thrive. But that has backfired because this could have been done in many other ways.”
Jasser said that the building of this mosque is ‘fitna,’ a religious term meaning mischief-making, which is severely frowned upon in Islam. “‘Fitna’ is anything that causes chaos in society,” he said. “This mosque is causing chaos, it is causing ‘fitna’ and that is not the Islamic thing to do … This is ‘fitna’ and ‘fitna’ is wrong.”
I have no doubt the Ground Zero Victory Mosque has the support of the American government, with President Barack Obama at the head. After all, President Obama declared his support for the mosque last Friday at a Muslim event at the White House…before he was excoriated for that support.
Muslims have other reasons to feel they have the support of the U.S. government in advancing their agenda. Remember the NASA initiative to include Muslims and make them feel good about themselves? Remember the president’s appointment of a Supreme Court justice who is more favorable to Sharia Law than to the military of her own nation? Remember the special treatment Islam has received from the White House while our Christian heritage has been left out in the cold? Remember how rudely Obama treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House? Remember Obama’s association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan? Remember the reports that Muslims were being recruited to work in the White House? Remember that Barack Obama was educated in Islam in Indonesia? Remember that President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor John Brennan believes jihad is a legitimate tenet of Islam? Remember the report that Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Nile TV that President Obama told him he is a Muslim? Remember that Barack Obama said that the Muslim call to prayer was “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.” Remember that Barack Obama’s half-brother was surprised to hear that Barack was not a Muslim?
Yes, there is more than a little reason for Muslim extremists to believe they have the run of the roost in America these days–at least from official channels.
For whatever reason, it is good to finally see some Muslims speaking out against hostile acts being perpetrated by their fellow Muslims. And make no mistake: while the proposed construction of the Ground Zero Victory Mosque is not an act of violence, it is definitely a hostile act, and act of animosity and contempt against the American people and the nearly 3,000 Americans who died on September 11, 2001.
Maybe the Muslims behind the Ground Zero Victory Mosque miscalculated. Maybe they thought that since Americans elected Barack Obama in 2008, we were all now Eurosheep who, like people in Europe, would stand mutely by while Islam was allowed to dominate our land. Maybe they counted on Americans to submissively allow this deliberate insult, this deliberate smear of salt in the wound of 911, to go forward without protest.
To quote Ronald Reagan, “They counted wrong.”
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