Cordoba House, now renamed Park51, and also referred to as "Ground Zero Mosque" is a $ 100 Million Dollar, 13-story glass and steel Islamic community center to be located 180 meters from where the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil occurred on September 11, 2001. The Center, which will be home to, a mosque, a 500 seat auditorium, theater, performing arts center, a swimming pool, fitness center, basketball courts, childcare services, restaurant, bookstore, a culinary school, and a food court serving halal dishes. Incidentally, the very fact that this facility is supposed to house all of these amenities, preclude it from being a "Mosque" by Islamic law.
Feisal Abdul Rauf, is an Arab-American imam, author, and activist who is at the heart of this controversy, and is currently on a whirl-wind tour all over the middle-east promoting "tolerance" all, at the expense of the U.S. State Department. Groups for and against the construction of this travesty in the very shadows of the fallen World Trade Centers have popped up all across the U.S. and the world for that matter. Questions about motive seen to be of greatest concern to most, but other relevant inquiries have been made with regard to finances, and have also come to the forefront of the dispute.
Here is a little stroll down memory lane. On that morning, terrorists hijacked American Airlines flight 175 as part of their attack on the World Trade Center's "Twin Towers". They crashed the plane into the south tower at 9:03 am triggering the tower's destruction hours later. The plane penetrated through the tower, and part of the plane's landing gear and fuselage came out of the north side of the tower, and crashed through the roof of this proposed mosque, through two of it's floors causing severe damage. The specific location of the planned mosque, so close to the World Trade Center "Where a piece of the wreckage fell", was in fact, the major selling point to the Muslims who bought the building.
I offer to all of you my friends, a moment of pause.... Think back to 2001 and that fateful morning when so many died. Not just died, but suffered a horrible and painful not to mention useless death. Think back to the visions of people opting to jump, and fall hundreds of feet to their death rather than face incineration. Some even holding hands as they fell. Remember the feeling you felt as those planes struck the towers knowing innocence was inside. All those who died trying their very best to help. And, remember the sight of those two majestic buildings collapsing right before our very eyes. 3000 people......Dead !!! For what ?
Why don't we just go ahead and make the hijackers martyrs' ? Make them heroes before their people !
Because by letting this mosque be built, that's exactly what you're doing !!! If this imam is truly a man not of a radical Islam rather an Islam that condemns this act of shear terror perpetrated on a non-deserving America, he would realize that America can never forgive the actions of these animals, and he by allowing this venture is only driving the wedge further in between Christians, and Muslims in a hatred that has been around for thousands of years, and no doubt will be for thousands more.
This quite literally, is a slap in the face to every soldier who has or is serving in the war on terror. This is not how wars are won !!!
Think of the conversations that will take place in this proposed house of peace, as they gaze upon our hallowed ground. Think of them, pointing towards our symbol of pain while they show off the only thing this building could be defined as......Their....Badge of Honor !!!
David W. Emerick