By Schmoel `Yitzhak
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER MOSQUE: Anyone with half a brain and an ounce of sensibility should know by now that the World Trade Center mosque issue has absolutely nothing to do with religious freedom.
Mosques are sprinkled all over New York City and Manhattan in particular.
You want to build a mosque and you have all the correct permits and title to the land, go build it.
That has been the case in New York since Abraham Lincoln was a tot -- before and beyond.
What makes the intent to build the so-called Cordoba -- bad name already since it signifies a grand Muslim victory of arms -- a Koran’s-throw away from the infamous 9/11 site so appalling is the attitude of its supporters toward their opponents.
The Muslim forces behave as if 9/11 was a mere fender-bender; that it resulted in a few injuries and the perpetrators were a rather unique minority two, scattered somewhere between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
They -- and Mayor Michael Bloomberg stands atop the culprit list -- choose to ignore the fact that once built, the mosque could very well harbor the same kind of nut cases who perpetrated the World Trade Center disaster.
The likes of Bloomberg would protest that the Cordoba mosque would be run by peace-loving Muslims but definitive proof is lacking.
And even if it turned out to be true -- which I seriously doubt -- what have the moderate Muslims done anywhere to intensively foster peace either in the Middle East or elsewhere for that matter.
I’m more inclined to the view of Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a medical doctor from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who has been acclaimed as a forensic psychiatrist and has -- or is -- serving on a number of estimable boards.
A Holocaust survivor, Dr. Tanay pinpoints the primary concern of Trade Center mosque foes, whether some of them know it or not.
That is, the so-called moderate Muslim majority -- and those pushing for the mosque -- never stands up to be counted when fanatic Arabs spew their hate and attack innocents as the World Trade Center episode so vividly has proven.
As for the assertion that most Muslims want to live in peace, Dr. Tanay dismisses it out of hand as irrelevant.
“It is meaningless fluff,” states Dr. Tanay, “meant to make us feel better. And meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
“The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide.
“It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.`’
Had Rudolph Giuliani been New York’s mayor when the Trade Center mosque originally was proposed, he would have tossed “political correctness” out the window and ensured that it never would deface the sacred turf.
A majority of New Yorkers are opposed to the Manhattan mosque plan.
Ditto for a majority of Americans from Washington State to Washington, D.C.
This majority sees through the Muslim veil of moderation.
Religious freedom is no more the issue than selling felafel in front of City Hall.
New York State’s Governor Patterson graciously offered the mosque manipulators a compromise.
Build it, if you will, but not in the shadow of America’s most ignominious Muslim-inflicted disaster.
In so many words, Patterson was told to go fly a kite.
Were there such a bloc as peace-loving Muslims within the mosque-planners, it would have been heard and sensitively agreed to move the house of worship to a more agreeable site.
Instead they have militantly responded by insisting on sticking their mosque in America’s craw; no more, no less.
Dr. Tanay’s X-Ray is difficult to dispute:
“Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
“Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up because they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.”
It’s something for Mayor Bloomberg to consider unless he’s permanently blinded by those two deceptive words -- politically correct!