No Mosques At Ground Zero


BE THERE: May 25, 2010- 6:00 PM-Community Board #1
May 25, 2010, 2:03 am
Filed under: mosque at ground zero

UPDATE:  The location of the Ground Zero Mosque…it isn’t just 45 Park…they bought 43 AND 45 Park….two adjacent buildings….together, the width and height is massive….and finally ABC got it right.  It’s 15 stories in the plan.  MOSQUE IS ON THE TOP FLOOR.

This is the sign that directs people to Ground Zero masjid. It’s ALL the same strip of buildings….245 West Broadway is also the 'ground zero' mosque
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Scroll down for directions to Community Board # 1 location

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9/11 Families Reject Towering Mosque Planned for Ground Zero Site

Friends:

The press release below is our first coordinated salvo to stop the installation of a Shariah recruiting center just 600 feet from where Tower One collapsed. Our opponent is a smooth-talking, charismatic cohort of the OIC, CAIR, the Israel-hating Alliance for Civilization operating from the UN, ISNA, and more.  Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is funded by the governments of Malaysia, Qatar and others outside the U.S.  The financing for this is entirely opaque. We hope that this will be an opportunity to educate our fellow citizens about Shariah.

Last January, when Muslims in Malaysia fire-bombed 11 churches, synagogues and Hindu temples because a Catholic newspaper used the word “Allah” to describe the Christian God, Imam Rauf–the imam proposing a 15-story, $150 million dollar mosque and interfaith center at Ground Zero–chided the newspaper for being “socially inappropriate.”  It is illegal for non-muslims to distribute religious literature in Malaysia, where Imam Rauf has an office.

The imam knows how to calibrate his message to his audience. In 2006 he published a book in the U.S. entitled, What’s Right with Islam is What’s Right with America, asserting, among other things, that Shariah is nothing more than a set of rules helping us to Love They Neighbor.  In 2007 he published the same book in Malaysia entitled, A Call to Prayer from the WTC Rubble: Islamic Da’wah from the Heart of America Post 9/11.

Here’s the advice the smiling, soft-spoken cleric gives to his co-religionists in the Muslim world: Our model should be the Prophet Muhammad when he worshipped in Mecca before Islam had taken hold. He did not pray the noon and afternoon prayers in a loud voice lest that would incite anger of the unbelievers.” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, The Star, Jan. 13, 2010

We think he underestimated us.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2010

Media@911familesforamerica.org

9/11 Families Reject Towering Mosque Planned for Ground Zero Site

New York, May 24, 2010 — 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America (9/11 FSSA) adamantly rejects the plan for a mosque to be built atop a planned 15-story structure that would tower over the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.

According to the project’s leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the mosque and “Muslim-led community center” is to be called the Cordoba House, named after the historic period when the Islamic Caliphate in Cordoba ruled much of Europe and non-Muslims lived as second-class citizens under Islamic rule.

Victims’ families view the imam’s expressed plan to “leverage” the mosque’s proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to “grow the Muslim community,” as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site where their loved ones were slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America’s history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.

“Imam Rauf is a Muslim cleric who, immediately after 9/11, blamed the attacks on U.S. treatment of Muslims, asserting that Osama Bin Ladin was ‘made in the U.S.A,’” said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 FSSA, whose brother was the pilot of the American Airlines flight which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon.   “We do not accept the Cordoba organization’s view that we need Imam Rauf to lecture us about religious tolerance in a city still dealing with the consequences of the attack that he claims we brought on ourselves.”

Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project.  Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that “this is private property” and that “we can build this ‘as of right.’”  The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.

Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, “not a mosque.” However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood

Equally troubling is the fact that, while the stated purpose of the project is to engage in interfaith dialogue and cultural egalitarianism, Imam Rauf embraces Shariah, the Arabic word for Islamic law, a sociopolitical system of jurisprudence based upon the Koran which supersedes man-made law and which rejects the Constitutional doctrine of the separation of church and state.  Islamic countries that embrace Shariah and political Islam are known for brutal policies that discriminate against women, gays, and religious minorities.  Shariah law is entirely incompatible with the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment and would violate 1st Amendment protections of speech, assembly and the free exercise of religion.

We feel that the attempt to use our loved ones’ deaths and the painful legacy of 9/11 still felt by New Yorkers to engage in a campaign to reverse America’s core doctrine of religious freedom — and to do s under the guise of interfaith understanding — is a gross insult to the memory of those who were killed on that terrible day.

9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America asks concerned Americans — regardless of race, color, creed, or ethnic origin–to join us in denouncing this effort to chip away at America’s bedrock principle of religious freedom.

www.911familiesforamerica.org

Say NO to a MOSQUE at GROUND ZERO!

A rendering of the mosque presented to Manhattan's Community Board   1  Financial District Committee.

Join us in lower Manhattan at Community Board #1. ( You do not have to live in the area to attend)

Mosque to Open Two Blocks From World Trade Center Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee unanimously supported the project earlier this month. The full board will weigh in on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Community Board #1

WHEN : May 25th – 6:00 PM

WHERE : Three Legged Dog Art and Technology Center

80 Greenwich Street (at Rector Street) – New York City

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Get directions here

Located in downtown Manhattan 80 Greenwich St.

between Rector and Edgar Streets.

3LD Art & Technology Center is embedded in the ground floor of the Battery Parking Garage.

TRAINS:
1 to Rector Street (often closed weekends due
to construction see link above)
R, W to Rector Street (the closest stop)
4, 5 to Wall Street
J, M, Z to Broad Street
A, C to Broadway/Nassau
E, PATH to World Trade Center
near Ferries to and from NJ and Staten Island

CARS:

From Battery Tunnel enter Trinity Place, turn left
on Edgar Street to Greenwich or Battery Parking
Garage.

From West Street South turn left on Albany Street
(marked Battery Tunnel), proceed East on Albany
two blocks and take a right on Greenwich. Go south
two blocks to the Battery Parking Garage.

BUS:

M1, M6 downtown via Broadway

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Maybe now people will have a direct understanding as how Jews feel about Jerusalem. In 1949, After gaining control of the Eastern part, the Jordanians evicted all the Jews who had lived there for centuries. Although mandated by the UN to let Jews and Christians visit their holy sites, they refused access to them. They also led a systematic destruction of the Jewish Quarter including many ancient synagogues. Under Jordanian rule of East Jerusalem, all Israelis (irrespective of their religion) were forbidden from entering the Old City and other holy sites.
Fast forward to today, where a Muslim narrative has been slowly taking hold and East Jerusalem is supposed to be Muslim, to have always been Muslim. Jews are accused of trying to judaicize their own city and the events of less than 50 years ago and century old Jewish presence of Jerusalem are totally disregarded.
I hope New Yorkers will understand what is planned, long term, for them if this project and other like it succeed. I am horrified as I see the belief that where was a USA/Israel conspiracy in 9/11 take credence more and more globally. And more horrified when I think that this will be taught in Mosques located in NY and even overlooking Ground Zero.
I live on the other side of the world and I am not American, therefore will be unable to be at the rally on June 6th. But New York is in my heart. NY belongs also the the citizens of the world who love it. I do hope that somehow, my feelings and the feelings of other like me will help.
I believe:
Never Again 9/11
No Mosque On Ground Zero.
Let’s rise an fight, whichever way we can.

Comment by Philippa C.

Am Yisrael Chai. And hearing from people like yourself, yes, it is very helpful knowing we are not alone.Thank you

Comment by neveragain911

I have one thing to add:
What does President Obama have to say about all this? He was so vocal about the construction in Jerusalem that he did not seem to mind infringing upon the rights of a sovereign country and trashing an old friendship.
How about defending your own people, on your home ground, for a change?
Oh America, wake up!!!!!!!!!
This third (Islamic) world war is yours to win, like the other two. You will be called again because most of the world has pretty much given in, or is about to.

Comment by Philippa C.

It’s absolutely outrageous and an insult to all who lost their lives on 9|11. People can make difference and should take stand on this matter.

Comment by Ormut, alice

Last time I checked, its a free country. They are allowed to build a mosque no less than christians are allowed to build a church.

Comment by Kenley Ferrara

Not in Muslim countries. There is a horrible future that awaits freedom loving people when a country permits sharia law to take over.Look at Europe, the Middle East (Egypt, Saudi Arabia) these were once Christian and now Christians can’t worship, build churches, read their bibles….Pakistan…the Hindus were murder and driven out bu the Muslims….Islam has one goal. To kill the infidel.

Comment by neveragain911

So this isn’t at ground zero, it’s like blocks away, right?

Comment by Dennis N

Incorrect. 600 feet from Ground Zero

Comment by neveragain911

But not actually at ground zero, they’re still planning to put up a monument, right?

Comment by Dennis N

No Ground Zero Mosque! It is an outrage! This Mosque cannot go up! The very religion that killed all of these people want to pray at ground zero! That is crazy! Build it somewhere else, like in the Middle East!

Comment by brad

I AM APPAULED THIS IS AN OUTRAGE

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