We try to stick to investing and other financial topics here on this site, but the Mosque in New York is making more news than the markets as of late. So much so that now over 85% of the Nation does not want the Mosque built near ground zero. 63% of New Yorkers say, "move it." Why should they?
I do not believe that the Mosque in New York should be placed near the World Trade Towers. There are many Mosques in New York, over 100 I believe. So religious freedom is certainly intact and the argument that such freedom is being penalized is not a valid one. It really comes down to symbolism. The World Trade Towers symbolized something very tangible, American Capitalism created from a free people. The Towers reminded us that Americans have the freedom to invest. The freedom the innovate. The freedom to take risks and earn great rewards. The freedom to learn. The freedom to live.... a free people.
On 9/11 a group of extremist Muslims assaulted that freedom. The 9/11 attack was anti free-thinking. Anti Women's rights. Anti free speech. Anti freedom of religion. Anti the freedoms that have made America and its people the most blessed people in the world. The Mosque's name symbolizes victory over freedom and capitalism, victory over a free people that some Muslims call "infidels."
We are at war. It does not feel or look like the wars of the past, but nevertheless we are at war with people just like those who flew planes into the World Trade Towers. Why do they get to place a victory mosque over the graves of so many Americans whose bodies were never recovered? Why are they allowed to celebrate on American soil the deaths of innocent Americans? Because of religious freedom? If a sect of a religion has declared war on America, their freedoms should be removed and action taken to protect the American people. The Muslims who condemn the actions of 9/11 should be granted freedom of religion, but ones who refrain from comment should be considered an enemy of the State. From key Muslim leaders at ground zero, we have heard a frustrating and disappointing, "no comment."
Enough of my view. Here is a good Southerner who also gets the magnitude of this Mosque:
Newt Gingrich July 21, 2010 6pm
There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.
The proposed "Cordoba House" overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks - is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex. Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to "symbolize interfaith cooperation" when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way. Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for "religious toleration" are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact, no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca. And they lecture us about tolerance. If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign. We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years. Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million mega mosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history. Finally, "where is the money coming from?" The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all their funding sources. America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.
No mosque. No self deception. No surrender.
The time to take a stand is now - at this site on this issue.