Yesterday was a day that will live in infamy. New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously cleared the way for the construction of the innocuously-renamed Park 51 Islamic cultural center, formerly the symbolically-named Cordoba House, commonly known as the Ground Zero mega-mosque. Whatever you call it, it will be an offensive monument to Islamist supremacism, which will announce to the world that America has embraced its own defeat. It is scheduled for a grand opening on – another twist of the knife – the 10th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks of 9/11.
Last night on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly discussed it with Nihad Awad, executive director and co-founder of the ubiquitous public relations bullhorn and Muslim Brotherhood offshoot CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. O’Reilly pressed Awad about the lack of sensitivity being shown to the 9/11 victims’ families by the planned mega-mosque, which will loom over the ruins of the World Trade Center.
(In fact, this is not just a matter of sensitivity; it is a key battle on the cultural front of our clash of civilization versus barbarism. And it is an issue not just of the feelings of the 9/11 victims’ families, but of the dignity and honor of all Americans, a point O’Reilly should have stressed.)
Awad replied that the Muslim-American community has repeatedly denounced terrorism and the 9/11 hijackers. And then he let loose with this eyebrow-raising, irritable and defensive remark:
We are sick and tired of condemning these people every day, in and out.
Yes, it must be exhausting, constantly having to distance yourself from your violent co-religionists. Year in, year out, having to separate the “Islamic” from “Islamic terrorism,” a task made Sisyphean thanks to the relentless worldwide onslaught of jihadists who inconveniently insist on committing their mayhem in the name of Islam. Nonetheless, Awad soldiered on, insisting that
there is no linkage between our community, our faith, and 9/11.
I see. Well, the terrorists themselves beg to differ – as do Americans who have educated themselves about Islam since 9/11, and who are sick and tired of being reassured that it means peace, and that global jihad and the imposition of sharia have nothing to do with religion.