Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Sneak Preview of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque

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Yes, for those who followed the sordid saga of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Ground Zero's promised Cordoba House is déjà vu all over again. On May 25, Lower Manhattan's Community Board 1 approved the Ground Zero mosque's construction by a vote of 29 to 1, with the warm blessings of Mayor Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who rhapsodized about its potential for "multi-faith dialogue" and accused its opponents of "outright bigotry and hatred."

These politicians, intelligent and canny men, chose to ignore certain, shall we say, troublesome signs: the deliberately provocative opening date of September 11, 2011. The refusal of Shari El-Gamal, who paid $4.85 million in cash for the site, to disclose investors. The testimony of the 9/11 families that El-Gamal showed them architectural renderings of a fifteen-story building with a mosque on the top floor, providing worshipers with a commanding view of Ground Zero -- despite public assurances that he's building a thirteen-story community center, not a mosque. And most glaring of all, the two-faced, double-talking, shariah-lovin' characters at the front of the operation, Imam Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan.

Finally, Governor Patrick got down to the real business at hand: accepting money. A staffer of Attorney General Martha Coakley publicly accepted a $50,000 check from the Muslim American Society to train state law enforcement agencies in Muslim cultural sensitivities. Apparently, the coast is clear for Imam Farooq to instruct his followers to pick up their guns and police officers to put down theirs. What could go wrong?

Now this same brand of clueless politicians is kissy-facing the Ground Zero mosque gang and asking New Yorkers to love it. After his self-inflicted fiasco with the Kahlil Gibran International Academy, Mayor Bloomberg should know better. He promised New Yorkers the city's first Arabic-themed public school would bring a bonanza of multicultural harmony; instead, the whole thing instantly collapsed when the principal was caught praising intifada, was fired, sued to get her job back, and ignited a still-ongoing saga of legal skirmishes, aggrieved parents, secret curricula, and general chaos.

But is anybody still surprised by the relentless folly of our betters? It seems no lessons are ever learned or conclusions ever reached by the professional multi-cultural crowd. They've got a utopia train to catch, and they're taking you with them, whether you like it or not. And never underestimate the rutting determination of a politician in hot pursuit of money and a voting bloc.

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