I do not advocate the government intervening in this issue. Those who oppose the 9-11 Victory Mosque, I am certain, feel the way I do. This is not a property rights issue. But since the subject has been brought up...
What about the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on 9/11? It has not been rebuilt due to government red tape. And yet, this mosque has been fast-tracked for approval and construction. Maybe the Muslim population is under-served in New York City. Let's check Google Maps for "mosque new york city":
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Well, so much for Muslims being under served by mosques in NYC. I wonder how many churches and synagogues are in Riyadh...
The dummy Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that we should not question where the financing for this mosque comes from, and that they have the "right" to build on this property. This is the same mayor who wants to regulate salt, fat, and tobacco in NYC, not to mention terrorize gun shop owners in VA with his goons.
So let's talk about tolerance. Christians and Jews are tolerant of other religions. Americans are tolerant of foreigners. But try to read the Bible or Torah on the street in a Muslim nation, and you would be lucky to only have it taken away from you. If you are a woman, try driving a car, or even walking down the same street in your western clothing - you would be lucky to escape with some spit in your face. Perhaps it would be acid instead. They require 4 male eyewitnesses for a rape conviction. They cut off hands of thieves, bury homosexual people up to their necks to stone them to death, and all sorts of other "tolerant" things. And don't forget that Cat Stevens (whatever the hell his post-Muslim-conversion name is) called for the beheading of Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses. Don't forget Daniel Pearl.
Here's some video of tolerance on display by pro-Mosque protesters. Pay close attention to the 3:55 mark:
The "Israeli national" finally caught after multiple stabbing attacks against black men in 3 states? An Arab, and a Muslim.
The man who stabbed and slashed a Muslim cabbie? A leftist "visual arts" major college student involved in a pro-mosque group! What?
Here is a page of audio clips where Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the effort to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, reveals his radicalism. A highlight:
"We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims. You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. This has been documented by the United Nations. And when Madeleine Albright, who has become a friend of mine over the last couple of years, when she was Secretary of State and was asked whether this was worth it, said it was worth it."Islam is an exclusive religion. Other religions are not tolerated in Muslim controlled areas and nations, and Sharia law is required by the Koran to be THE law wherever Muslims are in the majority. To my mind, the only difference between the Islamic terrorists and run-of-the-mill fundamental Muslims is the method used to achieve Sharia law.
In the name of tolerance, perhaps I should restate my position in more tolerant terms. Go build it somewhere else - you may want to keep Hell on the short list. This is why I oppose the Mosque at the WTC site:
The World Trade Center should be rebuilt. It would be especially nice to rebuild the site as close as possible to the original plan, with two towers. We should not be stuck with a hole in the ground for going on ten years.