YES, 9/11! A monster mosque rises over Ground Zero and a chorus of critics, from neighbors to those who lost loved ones on 9/11 to most Americans, feel as if they’ve received a swift kick in the gut.
Andrea Peyser, NY POST
The opening date shall live in infamy: Sept. 11, 2011. The 10th anniversary of the day a hole was punched in the city’s heart. Plans are under way for a Muslim house of worship, topped by a 13-story cultural center with a swimming pool, in a building damaged by the fuselage of a jet flown by extremists into the World Trade Center.
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Plans to bring what one critic calls a “monster mosque” to the site of the old Burlington Coat Factory building, at a cost expected to top $100 million, moved along for months without a peep. All of a sudden, even members of the community board that stupidly green-lighted the mosque this month are tearing their hair out. (Then why did they OK it?)
STOP THE MOSQUE rally against the mosque is planned for June 6, D-Day, by the human-rights group Stop Islamization of America. Executive director Pamela Geller said, “What could be more insulting and humiliating than a monster mosque in the shadow of the World Trade Center buildings that were brought down by an Islamic jihad attack? Any decent American, Muslim or otherwise, wouldn’t dream of such an insult. It’s a stab in the eye of America.”
Daisy Khan insists it’s staying put. “For us, it’s a symbol, a platform that will give voice to the silent majority of Muslims who suffer at the hands of extremists. (HAH! The nerve…)
The Financial District Committee of Community Board 1 seems to have gotten ensnared in a public-relations ploy by mosque-makers. At a May 5 meeting, the committee gave the project an enthusiastic thumbs-up. But boards have zero say over religious institutions. Board chair Julie Menin, blind-sided by the move, predicts “this will be overturned by the full board” later this month.
But the damage is done. Wounds that have yet to heal are now opening, as mosque opponents are branded, unfairly, as bigots. “It’s a slap in our face!” said Nelly Braginsky, who lost son Alexander. There are many questions about the Ground Zero mosque. But just one answer. (KILL IT! ) NY POST