I suspect those that do not see this as ludicrous, do not have a close relationship to the city and the downtown financial district. I'll be kind, you're naive. Those that do, tend to see the grossness of siting this facility here. As pointed out, there is another facility not far away. There are over 200 mosques in NYC, so the claim for more space needed is not a valid one. The cleric tied to this project has known connections to the radical Muslims. This is not a question of what's constitutionally allowable, the organization behind this proposal is purely leveraging the leftist PC mumbo jumbo to gain what the radical Muslims want....a site close to the WTC to worship the attack and terrorists.
The proposed a 13-story, $100 million mosque/Islamic Center is just 600 feet from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. The proposed name of the structure -- "Cordoba House" -- implies conquest. The first Cordoba mosque was built in the Spanish city of Cordoba after the Muslim conquest of Christian Spain in the 8th century AD.
The group's imam and leader of the NYC project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, has refused to call the Palestinian group Hamas a terrorist organization. Rauf is a permanent trustee of the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC).
The head of the ICC was Imam Sheik Muhammad Gemeaha, who said that “only the Jews” could have perpetrated the 9/11 attacks; that if Americans only knew about this Jewish culpability, “they would have done to Jews what Hitler did”; and that Jews “disseminate corruption in the land” and spread “heresy, homosexuality, alcoholism, and drugs.”
Gemeaha’s successor at the ICC, Omar Saleem Abu-Namous, said there was no “conclusive evidence” proving that Muslims were responsible for 9/11. This was after the perpetrators had been identified and linked to Al-Qaeda and radical Muslims.
Rauf aligns himself with Hizb-ut Tahrir al Islami (Islamic Party of Liberation) which has been banned in many countries — Germany, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia — but not in the United States or Britain. He was observed and photographed attending the 2007 meeting in Kuala Lumpur where he was promoting his book. Rauf’s book has two different titles, one for non-Muslims and one for Muslims. In English, it is called What’s Right With Islam: A New Vision For Muslims and the West. But in Muslim-ruled Malaysia — a country whose language Rauf knows well since he has spent a great deal of time there — the book was published as A Call To Prayer From the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of America Post-9/11.
The Islamic Dawa is a militant Shiite Islamic group that was involved in at least one other terrorist bombing in addition to being behind the bombing of the US embassy in Kuwait.
Hizb-ut Tahrir is similar ideologically to the Muslim Brotherhood. Both seek worldwide Islamic supremacy and the imposition of Islamic law to replace the Constitution and democracy. But Hizb-ut Tahrir differs by also espousing Marxist-Leninist methodology, and is entirely open about its ambition to dominate the world, unlike the more discreet Muslim Brotherhood.
On two occasions, Hizb-ut Tahrir in America called for terrorism recruitment conferences in Chicago to establish their long-awaited caliphate, which would knock down capitalism, democracy, and equal rights for non-Muslims and women, and institute a Muslim-run society under sharia law.
Ata Abu-Rishta, the international head of Hizb-ut Tahrir, is said to have “whipped the 100,000-strong crowd” at the August 2007 annual conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, “into a frenzy … by calling for a war on Jews.” Rishta has also declared that it is “permissible” to kill Jews in Israel, and by extension, everywhere: “There can be no peaceful relations with the Jews: this is prohibited by Islamic law.”Hizb-ut Tahrir in Pakistan issued a leaflet in September 2008 urging Pakistan’s army to use nuclear weapons “to injure and bruise an already battered America to an extent to which she cannot afford to stomach right now.”
In 2005 an interviewer asked him to comment on the fact that “some Islamic charities are being investigated for terrorist ties.” Rauf replied: “We believe that a certain portion of every [Islamic] charity has been legitimate.
"A certain portion" - what's that tell you?
My position remains simple: the core of the attack on the World Trade Center, the roots of it, were, are, is, remain, religion. Yes, right wing, radical religion; but religion nonetheless. So given that religion is so tied in to what happened, and given that there are ashes of the dead still on, in and around the buildings in the area making it all a memorial, a graveyard, I do not want any kind of religious expansion there; be it Christian or Muslim. Yes, the site is a graveyard; the former Burlington Coat factory building was demolished in the Trade Center collapse. There are remains of the WTC occupants on that site and to build a mosque, yes there will be a mosque on the site, where Islamic radicals will be able to worship their martyrs is ludicrous in my opinion. Rauf is a shrewd and leveraging the US Constitution only to achieve his ultimate aim " the imposition of Islamic law to replace the Constitution and democracy"