Senator Chuck Schumer (‘hit Hillary with a 2×4 Barack, but don’t let anybody know I said so because I’m pretending to be her supporter’) can still be taken down in New York. The Republicans are running non-entities against Schumer. But Schumer is vulnerable. The ground zero Mosque makes 2×4 Schumer vulnerable.
The usually voluble Anthony Weiner, Chuckie Schumer’s replacement in Congress, after Schumer became a Senator, knows this is a killer issue. Jewish Weiner just married Muslim Huma Abedin (an aide to Hillary Clinton). Anthony Weiner, who cannot be credibly accused of anti-Muslim bias, won’t take a position on the building of a Mosque/community center at ground zero. Both Weiner and 2×4 Schumer refuse to discuss the Mosque at the 9/11 site of doom for thousands of Americans. Both Weiner and 2×4 Schumer refuse to discuss the Mosque which spells doom for political careers.
Both Weiner and 2×4 Schumer have taken to talking tough on 9/11 and tangentially related “Muslim” type issues. For Weiner, it is his recent explosion about health benefits for workers at the 9/11 site. For 2×4 Schumer it is lots of noise but little action on the Lockerbie bomber. But these discussions are distractions to avoid the central issue – the Mosque of Doom.
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Weiner knows what 2×4 Schumer knows: the Mosque of Doom is an issue that is a lose/lose (we’re not the only ones who have noted the silence on the Mosque of Doom). Most New Yorkers oppose the building of the Mosque of Doom. Most of the New York phony liberals are for the Mosque of Doom and will attack anyone who opposes the Mosque of Doom as some kind of religious bigot or “racist”. The New York Times editorial page will attack 2×4 Schumer if Schumer sides with average New Yorkers and opposes the Mosque of Doom. But New Yorkers oppose the Mosque of Doom. 2×4 Schumer must be forced to side with either the New York Times or the people of New York State.
The most 2×4 Schumer has said, through a spokesman, is that he does not oppose the plan to build the Mosque of Doom.
Thomas Friedman, in an echo of Andrew Sullivan, wants the Mosque of Doom built to show the world how tolerant we are. When Andrew Sullivan made his argument that the election of Barack Obama would elicit shock, awe, and respect for Americans from the Muslim world and potential jihadists, we laughed at the sheer stupidity of that proposition. Tom Friedman displays a similar ignorance of the difference between good Muslims and the organized many who simply want to kill the West and Americans in particular. Friedman at least acknowledges that if it was up to him an interfaith center would be built in intolerant Saudi Arabia.
The idea that Americans have to display tolerance is laughable. It is those who intend to impose their will, their Mosque, who need to display understanding and tolerance:
“In his passionate defenses of the planned mosque near Ground Zero, Mayor Bloomberg depicts the issue as a simple case of freedom of religion.
“People have a right to pray, and I think, you know, we have a quarter of a million Muslims that live In this city . . . These are our citizens and they have a right to have their own place of worship,” he said on the John Gambling radio show last week.[snip]
The mayor certainly has a point — up to a point. All Americans, including Muslims, must enjoy freedom of religion, a bedrock principle of our nation. Yet the argument alone is insufficient to the case at hand, and insulting to those who prefer facts to a lecture. [snip]
There are already numerous mosques In New York, and others are planned, so there is no threat to Muslims’ religious freedom here. With no suggestion it be taken away, the mayor’s passion is directed at a straw man.[snip]
Let’s put the burden where it belongs — on the promoters and their supporters. They need to be more open about their plans, their financing and, most important, about why they insist on a mosque so close to American hallowed ground.
So far, they have failed those tests. They haven’t tried very hard to win over skeptics or answer the obvious questions.
The burden is not on this nation to prove its openness to Arabs and Muslims. They enjoy more freedom In America than In any Islamic country.
Even on the bedrock measurement of simple tolerance, New York cannot be faulted, given how the city never developed a vengeful attitude toward the faith or nationalities of those who carried out the 9/11 attacks.
The point, then, is not to shut down those who are offended by the mosque plan, as are some 9/11 families. Nor is it enough to label as bigots those who are merely unsure of whether the plan is a good one.[snip]
The sponsors and their supporters are not stepping forward In the ways I believed they would and should.
For example, almost nothing is known about where the $100 million to build the mosque would come from. The source is not incidental, given that some Islamic sects are hostile to nonbelievers.
That’s just one of many questions that deserve an answer. If the sponsors have nothing to hide and want to be good neighbors, they should make the extra effort to clear the air.
Until they do, they don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt.”
There are some good Muslims who understand the provocation which is the Mosque of Doom. After the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted against landmark status for the building which is to be replaced by the Mosque of Doom, Hussein Rashid asked questions:
“There is some ambivalence within the community,” said Hussein Rashid, a visiting professor of religious studies at Hofstra University who specializes in Islam in America. “We still want to know who is going to be involved in this. So far, we have heard from just a few Muslim voices. If this is meant to be a community center, who in the community will be involved?”
Bill Doyle who lost his 25 year-old son on 9/11 noted that the 9/11 memorial will be below street level and that the 13 story Mosque will tower over the alleged memorial.
The Republican’s vying to be the nominee against 2×4 Schumer know the Mosque of Doom will be a major issue in November.
“It was probably inevitable, but the planned Ground Zero mosque is now becoming a full-fledged campaign issue – just days after a Quinnipiac poll revealed that most New Yorkers are opposed to it.
The first to seize it as a campaign issue was Jay Townsend, one of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s two GOP challengers who has virtually no name recognition, but who last week put out a release denouncing the sitting senator for not taking a stand on the issue.”
Contrary to conventional JournoList type opinion, the Mosque of Doom issue will loom larger in the general election than in the primary. Most Republican nominees and incumbents will oppose the Mosque of Doom so it will be difficult to gain traction on the issue during the primary season. But in the general election the Republican will oppose the Mosque of Doom and 2×4 Schumer will try to distract from the issue.
2×4 Schumer must be made to take a position on the Mosque of Doom on primary election night in September. The Anti-Defamation League, which opposes the Mosque of Doom must join with 9/11 families and demand 2×4 Schumer declare which side he is on.
Yesterday Charles Krauthammer joined many others and echoed what we wrote in May of this year:
“When Catholics wanted to build a Carmelite convent at the death camp in Auchwitz-Birkenau there were protests. The Vatican wisely relocated the convent in order to maintain good relations with the Jewish community. There was controversy over the role of the Vatican and the Catholic Church during World War II and the possible complicity with the Third Reich in the attempted extermination of the Jews. But now, families of September 11 victims are supposed to acquiesce in what appears to be a triumphalist massive Mosque right next to the World Trade Center where thousands perished in a radical Islamic attack. The massive Mosque is scheduled to open on September 11, 2011. Republicans are rightly making this an issue in this year’s elections. [snip]
When will Chuck Schumer be asked questions about the building of this triumphalist Mosque?“
Back in May plenty of questions about the Muslim behind the Mosque of Doom were asked. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a questionable character but Americans are supposed to accept his good will intentions even as many are offended by the arrogance of this Imam. You do not slap people into a meaningful dialogue. You do not beat up people, call them bigots, denounce them as intolerant – all in the name of tolerance.
If Imam Rauf wants a respectful dialogue he must be respectful. If Imam Rauf wants to build interfaith understanding, a large donation from the Muslim community towards the World Trade Center memorial would be more effective. But instead Imam Rauf wants to build a towering presence right over the sunken, below ground, World Trade Center memorial site. This more than smacks of triumphalism.
Sarah Palin addressed the issue of where the tolerance should come from:
“Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand. Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in the interest of healing,” the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate tweeted on Sunday.
In another message, she wrote, “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.”
The Mosque of Doom is not an extended hand of peace. It is a provocation or at the very least gives rise to the fear that it is a provocation:
“Though the Cordoba initiative is under no obligation to do so, if its purpose is to battle extremism within Islam and build cooperation with other faiths, why not divulge the funders of the project? Why not unconditionally condemn Islamist terrorism?
Neither has happened.
Then again, even if we were boundlessly tolerant, there is an inescapable fact: This 13-story community center is going to be built two blocks from the worst modern atrocity committed in the name of Islam.
Not only is such a project in poor taste, for many Americans it confirms their concerns about Islam’s provocative nature.
How that helps interfaith dialogue remains a mystery.”
Obama and his JournoList storm troopers successfully tamped down discussion of the Barack Obama 20 year plus mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s bigotry. Obama gave a “race speech” which did not answer any questions about his own history and knowledge of Jeremiah Wright’s hatefulness. Now Obama wants to evade any responsibility on the Mosque of Doom. Obama will likely succeed in this bamboozlement this year but not in 2012. 2×4 Schumer must be held to account this year, this November.
Those who support the Mosque of Doom out of good “tolerance” based perspectives must understand that tolerance is a two way street.
“Those who are fighting the project argue that building a house of Muslim worship so close to ground zero is at best an affront to the families of those who died there and at worst an act of aggression that would, they say, mark the place where radical Islam achieved a blow against the United States. [snip]
Those who support it seem mystified and flustered by the heated opposition. They contend that the project, with an estimated cost of $100 million, is intended to span the divide between Muslim and non-Muslim, not widen it.
Oz Sultan, the programming director for the center, said the complex was based on Jewish community centers and Y.M.C.A.’s in Manhattan. It is to have a board composed of Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders and is intended to create a national model of moderate Islam.
“We are looking to build bridges between faiths,” Mr. Sultan said in an interview.
City officials, particularly Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, have forcefully defended the project on the grounds of religious freedom, saying that government has no place dictating where a house of worship is located.[snip]
Still, the arguments against the Muslim center appear to be resonating. Polling shows that a majority of Americans oppose building it near ground zero.”
What side is 2×4 Schumer on in this issue? Is Schumer still on the side of those who yell “racist” or “bigot” at every turn? Or is 2×4 Schumer on the side of understanding and tolerance? Is 2×4 Schumer on the side of Hamas and Hezbollah, or is 2×4 Schumer on the side of Muslim-American Zuhdi Jasser?:
“In the 1960s, my parents left their despotic motherland of Syria for the promise of genuine liberty and religious freedom in America. In the decades since, we have led the construction of a number of mosques in the towns where we lived.
Some went up without challenge from the local community, but others met with palpable local discontent. In those cases, the law and the natural American affinity for religious freedom eventually paved the way to the ribbon cutting.
These were all humble mosques, funded locally by our congregations. It’s plain the planned “Ground Zero mosque” is something very different. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, his wife, Daisy Khan, and an investor intend to build “Cordoba House,” an ostentatious $100 million, 13-story Muslim community center including a gym, a swimming pool, a performance-arts facility and a mosque.
My first concern is whether the financing truly represents the local American Muslim community or comes with strings from foreign Islamists. But that is far from my last concern.”
Is 2×4 Schumer on the side of political and radical Islam – which will rejoice at the construction of a looming Mosque of Doom at the World Trade Center site? Or is 2×4 Schumer on the side against global Islamist terror?:
“I am an American Muslim dedicated to defeating the ideology that fuels global Islamist terror — political Islam. And I don’t see such a “center” actually fighting terrorism or being a very “positive” addition near Ground Zero, no matter how well intentioned.
To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims should think less about teaching Islam and “our good side” and more about being American and fulfilling our responsibilities to confront the ideology of our enemies.
Khan and Rauf avoid discourse on reform and political Islam. Instead, they simply give us the familiar, too vague condemnation of “extremism and violence.” They seem to conveniently view 9/11, al Qaeda and every manifestation of militant Islamism as simply a public-relations problem for “Muslims in the West.” Imam Rauf has even gone so far as to bizarrely say that the 9/11 terrorists were “not Muslims.”
Is 2×4 Schumer on the “God Damn America” side? Or is 2×4 Schumer on the side of freedom and the core Democratic values and the core values of the West?
“This is not about the building of a mosque or a religious facility. It is not about religious freedom. This is about a deep, soulful understanding of what happened to our country on 9/11.
When Americans are attacked, they come together as one, under one flag, under one law against a common enemy that we are not afraid to identify. Religious freedom is central to our nation – and that is why the location of this project is so misguided. Ground Zero is purely about being American. It can never be about being Muslim.
The World Trade Center site represents Ground Zero in America’s war against radical Islamists who seek to destroy the American way of life. It is not ground zero of a cultural exchange.”
Is 2×4 Schumer on the side of Caliphate Islam? Or is 2×4 Schumer on the side of American Muslims, and Jews, and Christians, and Atheists, and Buddhists, and Sikhs, and Hindus, and other belief systems which preach peace and love, not hate and destruction?”
“We American Muslims cannot merely passively avoid Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots. We need to ask ourselves: Are we Americans who happen to be Muslim or Muslims blindly demanding to be American?
American Muslims will be better served if this project is built further away from Ground Zero and focuses on leading a reform effort. If we help build anything at the WTC site itself, it should be timeless memorials to all those who lost their lives on 9/11 — memorials blind to faith, race, creed or national origin.
On Sept. 12, 2001, I was first an American. When those planes hit the World Trade Center, they hit at the core of my being as an American. The attack on my faith by the terrorists was secondary to their attack on my homeland.
We need to focus our efforts more transparently on teaching Muslim youth that the American concepts of liberty and freedom are preferable to sharia and the Islamic state. American Muslims represent the best opportunity to fight Islamist radicalization not because we understand Islam but because we have experienced and understood what American liberty provides to the Muslim experience.[snip]
This center is trying to change the narrative of 9/11 — to diminish what happened at Ground Zero.”
This November 2×4 Chuck Schumer must be held to account. It’s time for 2×4 Schumer to enter the Mosque of Doom, or lead New Yorkers with a clear, unequivocal voice of opposition to the construction of the Mosque of Doom.
2×4 Chuck Schumer must declare whether he supports construction of a mosque which will tower over the sunken, below street level memorial at ground zero. Chuck Schumer must declare, before November, whether he is on the side of those doomed by the attacks on that September 11 of 2001.