Another Moderate Muslim Finds Voice on Cordoba House

Top view of Ground zero - ex-World Trade Center

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.”

15 Responses to “Another Moderate Muslim Finds Voice on Cordoba House”

  1. Bob

    I am so glad that you are becoming aware that many moderate Muslims have spkoen out against the extremist Muslims.This has been going on for years and I have seen and heard this countless times on BBC, NPR, CNN and MSNBC where moderate Muslims condemn the acts of extremist Muslims and 9/11 specifically. Now you won’t see or hear it on FOX, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh etc etc, but I have heard it often.

    Went to an interfaith forum last year where many faiths were represented and several moderate Muslims spoke of the terrible actions of extremists.

    Got to know where to listen and look !

  2. Uh, Brian, I have consumed voluminous amounts of news and information from a variety of sources–including the “mainstream” media–for decades.

    Until these past three instances, I could count on one hand (and have fingers to spare) the times I’ve previously heard Muslims say anything negative about another Muslim, much less condemn terrorist acts or terrorist groups.

    Tarek Fatah is even quoted in the article, as is Schwartz, acknowledging that you don’t hear much from the Muslim community on stuff like this:

    Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, told TheDC that moderate Muslims have been silent on the matter, despite possible disagreements, due to religious concerns.

    It’s hard to hear what isn’t voiced.

  3. Bob

    So you think the ‘Mosque issue’ all of a sudden has caused some Muslims to speak out against the atrocities of 9/11 and the extremists in general. Well, sorry my friend. That has not been my experience in my community at all.I have also heard many Muslims decry the acts of the terrorists. NPR had a great round robin discussion on it about a week ago where moderate Muslims decried the Muslim extremists. It was on the BBC segment of the show that airs around 8 p.m. CST. Keep looking !

  4. You must be tuned in to the Muslim Channel or something, because Muslim denunciation of terrorism or terrorist groups are as rare as hen’s teeth in my experience. I’ll admit I can’t stomach more than a couple of minutes of National Propaganda Radio or the Bull Broadcasting Corporation (thank God cable and Sky News came along when I lived in England). Maybe ultra-liberal sources like that are the only places they figure they can get people to believe Muslims (like the Ground Zero imam) who talk peace out of one side of their mouth and a sword out of the other. You don’t even here this kind of stuff on “mainstream” liberal outlets like NBC, CNN, et al.

  5. Brian, when the Muslim hammer falls in America, which it will if we don’t stop it, what side do you suppose all those “moderate” Muslims will fall on? Hmm?

  6. If you have any patience at all for the truth, Brian, read every word of this article, and honestly consider it.

  7. Gina

    You will be happy to know that I do have patience and did read the link you sent. My question would be to you is why would you quote and believe what the moderate Muslims said that were cited in the link you sent. They may support your position but why would you quote or rely on anything these moderates Muslims say because aren’t they all bound by the Quran to deceive you.That is what you have told me. Why quote or rely on such deceivers at all ?

    My belief is that we are a nation of laws and Muslims are welcome as much as any Christian or whatever. If anyone breaks the law, we go after them. Until then we treat everyone as full and equal Americans without bias.

    We can never know what is truly in a persons mind , but we do know when they break the law and then and only then can we go after them no matter who they are. .

  8. What am I missing here? What “moderate Muslims” are you talking about?

  9. Gina

    I re-read the link you suggested carefully and now I see you are making a different point than what Bob’s article above is making. You are saying no matter what any Muslim says to us, we shouldn’t trust it, because there are no moderates at all. Bob’s article disagrees and says there are indeed moderate Muslims that we should listen to and believe and some are even finally speaking out against the Mosque.

    Got it ! Sorry about the confusion

  10. Oh, right–I see what you mean. Yes, I was talking about the article from Ms. Gabriel’s site. In fact, I wish I could find a transcript from her appearance on Michael Savage’s show yesterday evening. She ran down a long list of “moderate Muslims” who the left and the media held up as stellar examples of ones who speak out against Islamic “extremism,” and they all turned out to be the very thing they were lying about. Many of them were charged with aiding terrorism, etc.

  11. Point of clarification about what I’m saying. I’ve long been an optimistic, hopeful sort, so I’m willing to take Muslims (who have said or done nothing to the contrary) at their word when they make a statement of nonviolence or nonhostility toward the non-Muslim world. And I always do so utilizing the profound wisdom of Ronald Reagan: trust but verify.

  12. Good advice. What bothers me is that we are now starting to see people oppose new Mosques elsewhere in the U.S. , the most contentious now in Murfeesborough, Tenn. .And guess what, the complaints are the same Why here ? Why so big? It is showing disrespect for those who died in terrorist attacks. Can’t it be built somewhere else

    I have long suspected that those who are saying ‘ Why build one so close to Ground Zero’ are deep down saying ‘ We don’t want you build a mosque anywhere no matter who you are ‘ and they are just not being completely honest about it. Murfeesborough is a perfect example.

    Why don’t they and other Americans be honest and say ‘ We don’t want new Mosques antwhere’ and then we can really get on with restricting religious freedom.

  13. Whoops It’s Murfreesboro