BERLIN — German authorities say they have closed a Hamburg mosque used by the Sept. 11 attackers as a meeting place before they moved to the United States. A statement by Hamburg officials says the Taiba mosque was shut down and its cultural association was banned on Monday.
The prayer house, formerly known as al-Quds mosque, used to be a meeting and recruiting point for some of the Sept. 11 attackers.
Weekly news magazine Focus cites a report by a local intelligence agency branch in saying the mosque has again become the city’s “main center of attraction for the jihad scene.” It says some members who belonged to the Taiba group and prayed at the mosque have moved on to a radical training camp in Uzbekistan.
Well I have to say I NEVER saw that one coming. I mean who would believe the President of the United States (BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA) would weigh in on the side of insensitive Muslims in their quest to build a mosque on the site of one of the greatest atrocities ever committed on American soil? (knowing that said atrocity was committed by Muslims) duh. Shocked? Not me.
Look I’ve said my piece on this subject. There is not one ounce of credibility to the argument that allowing this Mosque to be built on what is essentially a national place of mourning is somehow a sign that we as a society are “tolerant” of all religions. The three THOUSAND other Mosques in America already prove that beyond a reasonable doubt. Allowing this Mosque to be constructed in the shadows of Ground Zero is however a sign of weakness, cowardice, appeasement and out of control political correctness.
This isn’t about religious freedom or anything remotely related. Don’t forget right here in Pennsylvania the Pennsylvania Dutch are a religious order largely removed from everyday society. Their quaint horse-drawn buggies are a fixture on rural Pennsylvania roads and along with some of their quirky practices (like not driving cars but riding in cars driven by others) they are an accepted part of everyday life. As AMERICANS WE ALREADY PROFOUNDLY TOLERANT PEOPLE. We don’t have to accept a Mosque at GROUND ZERO to pacify Islamic radicals (who will never be pacified in any event) to fortify our bona fides in this department. If anything it’s the Islamic world that is wholly INTOLERANT of any other religion and totally unconcerned with offending anyone as this plan demonstrates.
Douglas Murray sums it up better than I ever could in this outstanding article from the Daily Beast:
It is not illegal, and nor should it be illegal, to pray in a building of your choice to whatever god you pick. But, as with the claims for minaret building in Switzerland, more is being demanded by Muslims. In point of fact, Muslims do not have to pray in a building with a tall tower that spoils the surrounding landscape. Nor do they have to pray in a large purpose-built multiplex in a place that treads very painfully across many peoples’ raw grief.
If the people who are building the ground zero mosque cared about improving Islam’s image, they would have taken their mosque elsewhere. If they cared about cultural sensitivities, reciprocity or freedom of religion, then they wouldn’t be trying to provoke people by building a mega-mosque at ground zero.
The very idea is stupid and offensive. Needlessly provocative, needlessly offensive or, at the very best, entirely needlessly thoughtless.
We should take a page from Germany’s play book. They’re not consumed with the hand wringing and self-immolation that American style political correctness leads to. They recognize that some Mosques are being used to hatch future plots against the West and they move in and shut them down. No one dares criticize them. Why? They realize that historically Mosques function as more than places to gather and worship, rather as places to plot and wage war from.
There is no question that some of our political “leaders” including the President (who claimed to want to “Unite” America) and the insipid NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg are completely out of step with the American public on this issue. Yet they continue to rub salt in the festering wounds of 911. THAT’S INSENSITIVE. Those behind this atrocity care little about the sensitivities of average Americans nor does our President. Once again he is in lock step agreement with our enemies.