Surprise! The ‘Ground Zero Not A Mosque Mosque’ Really Is JUST A Mosque NOT A Community Center

December 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

The proof is in the taqiyya pudding.

(New York Post) –It’s all pray and no play.

The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs.

And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services — but that’s the only activity in the building.

Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The sole community event is a class in capoeira — an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance and music. The teacher of the twice-weekly class said she has five students.

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The Park51 Twitter feed was last updated in June [2012 -ed.], and its Web site lists no events. The Web site for the mosque, formally called Prayer Space, lists four services a day, and a handwritten note on the building’s window also advertises a 4 a.m. service.

Park51 organizers repeatedly refused to answer questions about what happened to the programs offered last fall and spring. Sharif El-Gamal, the lead developer behind the project, ducked out the women’s entrance for the prayer space and would not speak to a reporter.

Just two years ago, El-Gamal’s grand plans for the site — a $100 million, 15-story community center and prayer space — generated worldwide controversy because of its proximity to the Ground Zero site.

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Reminder: June 2011 SIOA Protest Permit Denied ‘Brookfield Does Not Allow Political Protests In Zuccotti Park’

October 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

June 2011:

(DNAinfo) –The organizers of a massive June 6 rally opposing the Ground Zero mosque are not allowed to protest at their planned location in Zuccotti Park, DNAinfo has learned. The NYPD has not issued a permit for the D-Day demonstration by the group Stop Islamization of America, a Police spokeswoman said. And Brookfield Properties, the owner of Zuccotti Park, generally does not allow political protests on the plaza across from the World Trade Center site.

A protest event will not be happening in Zuccotti Park,” said Melissa Coley, Brookfield spokeswoman.

That was then.

This is now:

Below a photo taken of the current protest at Zuccotti Park, known as Occupy Wall Street. Whose participants BY THE WAY did not even bother to request a permit beforehand. They chose instead to commandeer the space as their own, and they remain embedded in the park –36 days later.

Anti-Ground Zero Mosque = Bad • Pro-Che Flavored Communism = Good

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‘Follow the Red Flag!’

I’ve been spending as much time as I can down at Occupy Wall Street, listening to the speeches, reading the literature, talking to the organizers. Here’s something to keep in mind: You’ll hear in a lot of the conservative media that this is some kind of socialist/communist enterprise piggybacking on a populist protest. In reality, it is much worse than even most of the conservative media is reporting.

Almost every organization present at OWS is explicitly communist or socialist. Almost every piece of literature being handed out is explicitly communist or socialist. I don’t mean half, and I don’t mean the overwhelming majority — I mean almost all of it. Yes, there are the usual union goons trying to figure out how to get OWS to do the bidding of the AFL-CIO and the Democratic party, and the usual smattering of New Age goo (the “Free Empathy” table) and po-mo Left wackiness (animal-rights nuts), the inevitable Let’s-Eradicate-Israel crowd (“Free Palestine, from the river to the sea!”). But, that being said, almost every organized enterprise and piece of printed material I have encountered has been socialist or communist. It’s been a long time since I saw anybody peddling books by Lenin. It’s been a long time since anybody told me the Ukrainians had it coming.

When the protesters were rallying to march to Times Square, out went the call: “Follow the red flag!” Which is what they did, literally and, I fear, figuratively.

Interesting, then, that Barack Obama has decided to lend some presidential legitimacy to the proceedings. OWS isn’t a socialist revolution — I’d be surprised if it ever escalated past the vandalism stage — but it imagines itself to be, and Barack Obama suggests that he is in sympathy with it. This reminds me of something . . . a particular image . .

And that my friends, is as political as it gets…

Show the OWS commie scum what [real] Americans are made of:

#iDONTSUPPORT The dirty commies, anarchists et al of #occupywallstreet. RT if u agree #tcot #teaparty #ocra #sgp #ampat #ows

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9/11 Tenth Anniversary Freedom Rally at Ground Zero

September 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

AFDI/SIOA 9/11 Freedom Rally: Stand Against Ground Zero Mosque, and Durban III, Stand for America

NEW YORK, July 6: The human rights organization American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) will be hosting its second annual 9/11 Freedom Rally on September 11 at 3pm at Park Place and West Broadway.

Free citizens are coming from all over the U.S. to attend the rally. “It is crucial to stand for freedom on this tenth anniversary of the heinous 9/11 jihad attacks,” said AFDI Executive Director Pamela Geller. “We must show the jihadists we are unbowed in the defense of freedom.”

AFDI and its Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) program are encouraging all Americans to stand against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero and the anti-Semitic Durban III conference that will be held in New York City at the same time, and for American values on the tenth anniversary of the worst attack ever on American soil.

The confirmed list of speakers includes 9/11 family members Rosaleen Tallon, who lost brother Sean Patrick Tallon, a reservist in the United States Marine Corps and  firefighter with Ladder Company, Alexander and Maureen Santora, who lost their firefighter son Christopher; Sally Regenhard, whose son Christian was killed on 9/11; Nelly Braginsky, who lost her son Alexander; and others.

Other speakers include former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton (video message); German MP René Stadtkewitz, leader of Germany’s Freedom Party; the courageous ex-Muslim human rights activist Wafa Sultan; war hero and North Carolina Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano; former prosecutor and bestselling author Andrew C. McCarthy; Alan T. DeVona, a World Trade Center Patrol Sergeant who was on duty during the 9/11 jihad attack; Canadian free speech activist, author, publisher and radio host Ezra Levant; popular radio host Joyce Kaufman; Darla Dawald, National Director of the Patriot Action Network; James Lafferty of the Virginia Anti-Sharia Taskforce (VAST); Coptic Christian activist Joseph Nassralla; Iraqi ex-Muslim Michael Paul.

Hosting the rally are Pamela Geller, publisher of the acclaimed AtlasShrugs.com blog, executive director of AFDI and SIOA, and author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books); and AFDI/SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of Jihad Watch.

Building the Ground Zero mosque is not an issue of religious freedom, but of resisting an effort to insult the victims of 9/11 and to establish a beachhead for political Islam and Islamic supremacism in New York. Cordoba Initiative board member imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an open proponent of Sharia, Islamic law, a system that denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people before the law. Given the thousands of triumphal mosques that have been built on the cherished sites of conquered peoples throughout Islamic history, the mosque leaders’ claim that this mosque would be understood differently by Muslims worldwide lack foundation.

The Durban III conference follows upon two previous conferences that scapegoated and demonized the state of Israel in service of Islamic jihad and Islamic supremacist interests. The rally will defend Israel against the defamation to which it will be subjected at this conference. It will also call upon the city to remove roadblocks to the reconstruction of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11 and since then mired in bureaucratic red tape that has prevented its rebuilding – in stark contrast to the help Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials have given to the Ground Zero Mosque project.

AFDI/SIOA is one of America’s foremost organizations defending human rights, religious liberty, and the freedom of speech against Islamic supremacist intimidation and attempts to bring elements of Sharia to the United States.

UPDATE: Free Speech Icon, Ezra Levant, to Speak at 911 Freedom Rally

We are thrilled to announce that Ezra Levant, one of the leading lights in the West defending freedom of speech against encroaching Islamic blasphemy laws, will be speaking at our Freedom Rally on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks against America at Ground Zero.

Ezra Levant is a TV anchor, newspaper columnist, author, and lawyer. He was the founding publisher of the Western Standard magazine, the only Canadian media outlet to publish the Danish cartoons of Muhammed. That led to two charges of “hate speech” before the Alberta government’s human rights commission.

There is only one place to be on the tenth anniversary of the bloodiest and biggest attack on American soil in our nation’s history — Ground Zero. Be there; your civilization needs you.

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Anne Frank Museum Moving Next Door to [Proposed] Ground Zero Mosque

March 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

(Mail Online) A museum dedicated to Holocaust victim Anne Frank is expected to move almost next door to the proposed controversial mosque at Ground Zero, it was revealed today.

The Anne Frank Center is reported to be about to sign a lease in the 20-floor glass and steel tower at 100 Church St.

The building’s windows overlook Park 51, the planned 16-storey Muslim community centre and mosque at 45 park Place, just two blocks from Ground Zero.

The non-profit making Anne Frank Center, which is partnered with the museum in Amsterdam, is currently housed in a loft in SoHo’s Crosby Street.

But the museum needs more room and last year advertised for larger premises so it could recreate the secret room where the Jewish teen wrote her famous diary. >>>

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Pastor Terry Jones Gets a Free Car Because He Choose To Not Burn The Quran

October 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

The pastor of a tiny Gainesville, Fla. church who last month sparked a domestic political uproar and an international crisis with plans to burn hundreds of Korans to mark 9/11 [Correction:  Pastor Jones threatened to burn Qurans in hopes that Imam Feisal would decide against building a mosque in the shadow of Ground Zero -Ed.] was dismissed as crazy by many, but Terry Jones is no fool.

At the height of tensions over Jones’ threat, a New Jersey car dealer offered the pastor a new car if he would back off his Koran-burning plans — and now Jones says he wants the dealer, Mitsubishi Hyundai dealer Brad Benson of South Brunswick, to make good on the deal.

Jones told The Associated Press he plans to donate the car to an organization that helps abused Muslim women.

“We are not trying to profit from this. We are not keeping the car for ourselves,” Jones told The AP by telephone from California, where he was taping television appearances.

Benson, a former center with the New York Giants football team, is known for his quirky radio spots promoting his very successful car dealership, and in one of them he offered Jones the free use of a new car for a year.

Benson said was surprised when a representative for Jones called to collect on the offer of a 2011 Hyundai Accent, which retails for $14,200.
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Benson said he decided to give Jones the car outright so he wouldn’t have any further connection to him. He said he asked listeners on one of his radio spots to call or write him whether he should keep his word and give Jones the car, and the vast majority of the 2,600 respondents said he should. >>>

Very P.R. savvy on both their parts…

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Exposed! Ground Zero Imam Calls for Return to Most Radical Form of Islam in History

August 13, 2010 at 3:55 am

What so called “moderate” Muslims say to the western press and what they say to the Arabic press is often as opposite as night and day.

Walid Shoebat Exposes 911 Mosque Imam Rauf

GROUND ZERO IMAN CALLS FOR RETURN TO MOST RADICAL FORM OF ISLAM IN HISTORY!
Proof: Feisal Abdul Rauf’s Arabic Language Interview

Just who is ‘moderate’ Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf? He’s no moderate at all. He’s the funder of the controversial Ground Zero Mosque in New York and a financier of the Turkish Flotilla, along with the Turkish government that funded the terrorist group IHH which has ties to al Qaida and Hamas in Gaza

What’s more, Iman Rauf is calling for a worldwide return to the most radical form of Islam in history, turning the hands of time back to an era when Muslims ruled much of the known world. See eye-opening article below that was translated by Walid.

The following is a translation of an Arabic language interview conducted by Iman Rauf that should put shivers up your spine as to what the world will look like if he gets his way: Islamic world domination, death and enslavement to anyone who gets in his way.

The interview was translated from Arabic to English by Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian terrorist who converted to Christianity and became a U.S. citizen. Essentially Rauf wants to use peaceful means including lobbying governments and establishing charities to incrementally implement the principles of Sharia law worldwide so once the stranglehold is established, potentially enacting Sharia-ordered decapitation and stoning of ‘infidels’ (any non-Muslims)

Separation of Religion From State

(Translated verbatim, From his interview on Hadielislam.com)

http://www.hadielislam.com/arabic/index.php?pg=articles/article&id=12025

When the fountains of knowledge differ, minds pick up the pace to acquire this knowledge. These disagreements produce different views dedicated to employ us to face new realities to keep pace with current events and requirements.

But do the scholars differ regardless of the different sources of knowledge and education in regards to religion? And is it possible to fulfill the basic pillars and foundations to fulfill individual needs and duties in order to apply religion [Islam] as a way of life to conduct our daily life and in order to extract the basic laws for us to resolve and govern with in order to solve grievances? Or do we separate religion form state? This is the subject of our dialogue and questions with imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

Question: What does it mean to separate religion from state in Islam?

Abdul Rauf: The general understating in the west is that religious institutions have no influence in decision making in the state. In Europe religion is weak while in the United States the majority is religious and believe in God. With this, the understanding of the term “separation of religion from state” is also to separate the arm of the government from pressuring religious freedoms. So in a general sense they respect religious freedoms. In America the state does not interfere in religious regulations, their details, construction or how they are managed.

What is happening in the Muslim world after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the secular state, that the traditional relationship between state and religious institutions were subject to a separation, which resulted in a reaction that generated Islamic movements wanting to erect an Islamic state in the Islamic world. So if we watch history that after Rashidun Caliphate (Rightly Guided Caliphate) there was a form of separation between government and religious institutions that was represented by [Muslim] jurisprudence and since the Muslims on a personal level are required to follow the prophet (peace be upon him) on all aspects of life and conduct as permissible through a societal level as well. For that, we collectively believe that the state that was erected by the prophet in Medina was the ideal model for an Islamic state. The challenge today in the Islamic world is how do we accomplish this in our current era.

Question: Many of the political Jihadist Islamic movements are talking about an Islamic Caliphate based on the prophet’s approach. Can we accomplish this today?

Abdul Rauf: The challenge I was referring to is this; how do we call for the principles and standards that the prophet (peace be upon him) used to build the Islamic state in Medina. The challenge we have today is how do we accomplish this while keeping the prophet’s methodology in our current changing times. This challenge was an issue that the scholars and Caliphs had to face throughout the Islamic history, which resulted in the creation of several Islamic schools of thought with multiple views that are viewed equally.

So the question in our era throughout my discussions with contemporary Muslim theologians that an Islamic state can be established in more than just in a single form or mold; it can be established through a kingdom or a democracy. The important issue is to establish the general fundamentals of [Islamic] Shariah that are required to govern. It is known that there are sets of standards that are accepted by [Muslim] scholars to organize the relationships between government and the governed.

Question: So we understand that separation of religion from state, that is, it depends on the Muslim governors that so long they were spreading Islam and justice… but when the rulers are ruling under traditional laws contrary to Islamic laws, what then should the Islamic institutions do?

Abdul Rauf: A time after the prophet (peace be upon him) arose certain new conditions that required the governors to institute new laws so long they do not conflict with the Quran and the Sunna that were Shariah compliant as such followed in traditional customs. So in our modern era, governments that want to ensure the new laws as to not contradict Shariah rules—so they create institutions to ensure Islamic law and remove any that contradict with Shariah.

So we advise that when there is a problem in the relationship between state and religious institutions in the form of the question you just asked, that people need to use peaceful means to advise the governors and government institutions and use peaceful means that are available to send their message out to the masses.

And we also suggest to the governors and political institutions to consult [Muslim] religious institutions and [Muslim] personalities in the field as to assure their decision making to reflect the spirit of Shariah.

Question: No doubt that there are disastrous results if the Islamic world kept going under the principles that are used with religious issues and state, but what do we do on a personal level while in the midst of this low class system that is established in our Muslim states?

Abdul Rauf: First and foremost, we need to understand what Shariah requires from us. Second, we need to be a part of a larger group that is capable to give advise [to the government] as is done by lobbies in the West. Thirdly: We become an institutional group to provide benevolent needs in the society.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is the chief executive of the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Sunday, December 9th, 2007, 10:08 A.M.

Moderate? Not on your life.

No juxtapose the above with this tweet from the official Ground Zero Mosque twitter account “Park51″:

@AndrewShimmin @parkerbriden Also “Law” in Muslim countries is a mix of Fiqh (jurisprudence), Shariah (law) and Wali (local law)

Not if Imam Feisal and others like him have their way.

And this one:

@AndrewShimmin @parkerbriden ah no that was in response to another tweet on FGM. We don’t have a position on Shariah

You know what boils my blood more than anything? Being lied to and treated as if I am ignorant.

BTW:

Walid will be speaking this Sunday August 15 at Bethany Evangelical Free Church in Lacrosse WI, contact the church for full details at

http://bethanyefc.org/

Update:

Imam Feisal’s “Shariah Index Project” measuring a nations “Islamicity”

The project has been in the works since 2006, with researchers quietly holding behind-the-scenes meetings with scholars, activists and government officials.

“We have been soliciting the opinion of scholars throughout the Muslim world, asking them what defines an Islamic state, from the point of view of Islamic law,” he said.
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So far the project has produced a book of scholarly essays on the concept of measuring a nation’s “Islamicity”, providing a theoretical foundation for the index.

By the end of this year, it expects to release the results of an unprecedented poll, conducted with the Gallup Organisation, that asked people in 44 majority-Muslim nations how well they felt their country complied with Islamic principles.

“It will create an annual rating, a score to rate countries on how compliant they are,” said Imam Feisal.

For not having a “position on Sharia”, Imam Feisal sure is up to his eyeballs in it. I wonder what he has planned for an encore…

H/T Anne Bayefsky – “An Iranian Connection to the Cordoba House Ground Zero Mosque?

In July of last year, Cordoba chief Rauf was interviewed by a reporter for Abu Dhabi Media about the Shariah Index Project. He told The National, “Determining Islamic principles had been the easy part.” Easy, but not available for examination to the residents of New York City or to the loved ones of 9/11 victims. Despite multiple references to the Initiative’s publication more than a year ago of a book “on the concept of measuring a nation’s ‘Islamicity,’” a request for a copy of the book made directly to the New York-based Cordoba Initiative resulted in a denial of the book’s existence.

The unanswered questions keep mounting.

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