Karen Matthews of the Associated Press reports this morning that a New York City panel, the Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously (9-0) against granting landmark status to a building near Ground Zero, thereby freeing organizers to build an Islamic center and mosque there.
In December 2009, plans were announced for the construction of a Muslim mosque near New York’s Ground Zero — the site of the collapsed Twin Towers that were targeted by Muslim terrorists on 9-11. The mosque is envisioned to be part of a 13-story Islamic community center called Cordoba House, now given the new innocuous name of Park 51. The mosque would accomodate 1,000 to 2,000 Muslims in daily prayer.
Despite protests from 9/11 families, politicians, organizations, academics, and Americans across the U.S., the mosque nevertheless won non-binding support from the local NY Community Board, as well as some elected officials, such as NY Mayor Bloomberg. The planned mosque and community center were even criticized by other Muslims, such as Sufi mysticist Suleiman Schwartz, who said that such a building two blocks from Ground Zero, is inconsistent with Sufi (one of 3 Muslim sects; the other two are Sunni and Shi’ite) philosophy of simplicity of faith and sensitivity towards others.
Once again, here are the reasons why the mosque is a very bad idea:
1. It would be located two blocks from Ground Zero, which is akin to building a neo-Nazi “community center” right next to Auchwitz.
2. The group behind the construction is the Cordoba Initiative, a name heavy with significance for Muslims. As HotAir explains:
“Cordoba was…the seat of the caliphate established in what is now modern Spain after the Islamic invasion from North Africa in the 8th century A.D. The medieval occupation of Spain – ‘al-Andalus’ – is considered by Islamic theorists to have been an inevitable step in the manifest destiny of Islam, and its eventual reversal through the lengthy European ‘Reconquista’ a tragic but temporary triumph of the infidels. The great mosque at Cordoba was built on the foundation of a Christian cathedral, and when Europeans retook Cordoba in the 13th century they turned the magnificent mosque back into a cathedral.”
3. The director of the Cordoba Initiative is a Muslim imam named Feisal Abdul Rauf. In a 60 Minutes interview shortly after the September 11 attacks Rauf said, “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” When the interviewer asked Rauf how he considered the U.S. an accessory, the Imam replied, “Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”