After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, America is said to be the world’s sole remaining superpower. Some superpower we are!
The animated series “South Park” on Comedy Central makes ruthless fun of everybody, every ideological stripe, every culture, and every religion. Nothing is sacred. Last week’s episode of “South Park” mocked the one “celebrity” that the series has been largely unable to depict, the Prophet Muhammad, who was hidden from view in a bear costume.
A U.S.-based website RevolutionMuslim.com warned the makers of “South Park” they could end up like Theo Van Gogh — the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered by Muslim extremists after depicting Muhammad on his show. So, Comedy Central chickened out.
Last night, “South Park” continued the controversial Muhammad storyline, but with a key difference: every instance of the words “Prophet Muhammad” was bleeped out, making the episode practically incomprehensible. A Comedy Central spokesperson confirmed it was the network’s decision to bleep the words. [Source]
Today comes news that a proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero has been approved despite objections by families of the victims of 9/11.
Joe Jackson and Bill Hutchinson of the NY Daily News report:
The 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center was unanimously endorsed by the 12-member Community Board 1’s financial district committee. The $100 million project, called the Cordoba House, is proposed for the old Burlington Coat Factory building at Park Place and Broadway, just two blocks from the World Trade Center site. “I think it will be a wonderful asset to the community,” said committee Chairman Ro Sheffe.
Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, who helped found the Cordoba Initiative following the 9/11 attacks, said the project is intended to foster better relations between the West and Muslims. He said the glass-and-steel building would include a 500-seat performing arts venue, a swimming pool and a basketball court. “There’s nothing like it,” said Rauf, adding that facilities will be open to all New Yorkers.
Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement and a member of the Cordoba Initiative’s board, said donations are being sought to pay for the construction. Khan said the project has received little opposition. “Whatever concerns anybody has, we have to make sure to educate them that we are an asset to the community,” Khan said. Khan said her group hopes construction on the project will begin by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Once built, 1,000 to 2,000 Muslims are expected to pray at the mosque every Friday, she said.
No one at last night’s meeting protested the project. But some 9/11 families said they found the proposal offensive because the terrorists who launched the attacks were Muslim. “I realize it’s not all of them, but I don’t want to have to go down to a memorial where my son died on 9/11 and look at a mosque,” said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches – whose son Jim, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11. “If you ask me, it’s a religion of hate,” said Riches, who did not attend last night’s meeting.
Rosemary Cain of Massapequa, L.I., whose son, Firefighter George Cain, 35, was killed in the 2001 attacks, called the project a “slap in the face.” “I think it’s despicable. That’s sacred ground,” said Cain, who also did not attend the meeting. “How could anybody give them permission to build a mosque there? It tarnishes the area.”
Yes indeed, America is the superpower! We are so super and so powerful, we are afraid of our own shadow.
H/t beloved FellowshipOfMinds member May!
~Eowyn & Steve