June 02, 2010
A Sneak Preview of the Ground Zero Mega-Mosque
By Stella Paul
New Yorkers wondering what the $100-million, fifteen-story mega-mosque at Ground Zero will be like need only cast their eyes north to Boston. There they’ll find the giant mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston, which, like the newly-approved Ground Zero mosque, was sold to the public by the politicians as a marvelous, desperately needed home for interfaith healing, and which quickly devolved into a cesspool of hate speech, terrorist affiliations, a lawsuit to shut down the mosque’s critics, and a one-stop shop for genuflecting politicians to suck up to Muslims and collect their cash.
Yes, for those who followed the sordid saga of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, Ground Zero’s promised Cordoba House is déjà vu all over again. On May 25, Lower Manhattan’s Community Board 1 approved the Ground Zero mosque’s construction by a vote of 29 to 1, with the warm blessings of Mayor Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who rhapsodized about its potential for “multi-faith dialogue” and accused its opponents of “outright bigotry and hatred.”
These politicians, intelligent and canny men, chose to ignore certain, shall we say, troublesome signs: the deliberately provocative opening date of September 11, 2011. The refusal of Shari El-Gamal, who paid $4.85 million in cash for the site, to disclose investors. The testimony of the 9/11 families that El-Gamal showed them architectural renderings of a fifteen-story building with a mosque on the top floor, providing worshipers with a commanding view of Ground Zero — despite public assurances that he’s building a thirteen-story community center, not a mosque. And most glaring of all, the two-faced, double-talking, shariah-lovin’ characters at the front of the operation, Imam Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan.