It seems that it’s been something of a mantra for them. That if they tell the nation that they are only doing it for peaceful purposes and to bring healing that they can win their opponents over. But what hasn’t worked for winning over New York citizens and other citizens across the nation seems to be working on those who are supposed to be representing them – in spite of what the majority of the nation may want.
There have been protests, a court battle, and even construction workers who say that they will refuse to build it. A CNN poll last week reported that “70 percent of all Americans oppose the controversial plan to build the Mosque just blocks away from the site in lower Manhattan while just 29 percent favor the construction.”
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had some strong words regarding the mosque on Thursday when, according to www.nbcnewyork.com, he said, “The reality is that, right now, if you are a healer you do not go through with this project. If you are a warrior, you do.”
And it would appear that there is indeed at least one warrior behind this effort. According to a www.onenewsnow.com article on Thursday, Walid Shoebat, a former Palestine Liberation Organization member, has been monitoring some Middle Eastern Arab language traffic that “reveals the controversial ‘Ground Zero’ mosque imam is not a moderate at all.”
One News Now also reports that Shoebat converted from Islam to Christianity and is “now an outspoken critic of Islam” who “recently translated an Arabic language interview conducted by Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf.” Rauf is the one organizing the mosque effort near Ground Zero, but it is apparently only one of many efforts intended to infiltrate governments such as the US through “peaceful lobbying efforts.”
Shoebat said of Rauf, “What he is suggesting is to make the governors and the political institutions consult Muslim institutions and Muslim personalities like himself—in the field so as to ensure that the decision-making…reflects the spirit of sharia, to make Muslim personalities so they can begin to influence the government and so they can become consultants to the government. And then they make sure that the laws are within the spirit of sharia Islamic laws.”
The fact that Rauf, according to an AP article on Wednesday, managed to get the US State Department to pay several thousand so that he could embark on a “15-day tour to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates” for the purpose of discussing Islamic tolerance in places like the US is considered by Shoebat to be a move toward that goal.
In what seems to be a bit of interesting evidence that Shoebat isn’t just some conspiracy theorist, the AP article quoted State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley as saying, “We value his (Rauf’s) participation as a religious figure here in the United States who can help people overseas understand the role that religion plays in our society.” Uummm, and just what did happen to that separation of church and state clause that the liberals in Washington like to throw around? Perhaps it depends on which religion. It will be interesting to see how the atheists and even the Freedom from Religion group respond if there should come a day when Islamic prayers are mixed in with government business and sharia law is instituted. Will there be as much of an outcry over that as there has been when it has been related to Christian activity?
Other mosques that are being protested around the US, according to a www.wsj.com article on Monday, are as follows: in Temecula, California, a 25,000 square foot mosque; in Brooklyn, New York, a four-story mosque and community center; in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a former health-food store is being converted into a mosque; in Staten Island, New York, a former Catholic Convent is being converted to a mosque and community center; and in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a new mosque and Islamic school are being built.
Interestingly, a www.time.com article on Thursday posted the results of a poll it conducted in which respondents were asked if they thought Obama is a Muslim or not. About a quarter of the respondents (24 percent) said that they believe that he is. In addition, more than 70 percent of respondents believe that building the Ground Zero mosque “would be an insult to the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center.”