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Why Catholics Should Oppose the Building of a Mosque at Ground Zero

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Posted on August 11 2010 12:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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Islam: Not a Valid Religion

One of the hallmarks of American law is religious freedom, but what of a so-called “religion” which has, at its heart, a disdain for freedom and a specific mandate for violence to carry out that disdain to its ultimate end — destruction of the “infidel”? The Muslim call for Islam to dominate the world, through violence if necessary, is disputed in all corners of the leftist media. Indeed, even the Vatican is on the record turning a deaf ear to the voices of Muslim converts to Holy Mother Church who consistently warn us that Islam is a murderous political system and should not be treated as a valid religion. Shouldn’t we give ear to these voices before capitulating on this issue?

On October 20, 2008, former Muslim and a convert to the Catholic Faith, Magdi Allam, wrote to Pope Benedict XVI and took issue with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s characterization of Islam as a religion of peace.

In the letter, posted on his Web site Oct. 20, Allam said he wanted to tell the pope of his concern for “the serious religious and ethical straying that has infiltrated and spread within the heart of the church.”

He told the pope that it “is vital for the common good of the Catholic Church, the general interest of Christianity and of Western civilization itself” that the pope make a pronouncement in “a clear and binding way” on the question of whether Islam is a valid religion. [...]

[...] “Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit” of following “the sayings of the Quran and the thought and action of Mohammed.”

Unfortunately, the Vatican is not listening yet, but we can and must listen to the voices of those who understand what Islam is about.

Following the Examples of History

Sister Joan refers to the Pope’s decision to ask that a convent be moved from Auschwitz as an example of Catholics being on the receiving end of an ostensibly unjust claim that a building should be removed. Such a comparison is not merely off base but deeply cuts to the heart of many Jewish people who are hated by the Muslim community.  Sister Joan misses the mark completely and falls on the opposite side of peace and sensitivity in suggesting that Jews were wrong to be angry with Catholics over the presence of a convent at Auschwitz. To the contrary, Sister Joan should have taken note of the Pope’s decision to move the convent as an example that Muslims should follow, that in situations where the actions of one are offensive to the other, the offender should step back and do what is necessary for there to be peace. All Catholics should follow the Pope’s example at Auschwitz in regard to the convent, not hold it against the Jews for being angry with us as Sister Joan is clearly suggesting.

Muslim determination to never to capitulate on questions such as this, which is behavior borne from their goal that the world be dominated by Islam, is an important consideration. Is there not a more shining example of this than the Dome of the Rock?

Islam doesn’t just hijack planes, it hijacks the things that mean something to people. The great cities of the world are littered with relics of the Muslim occupation of their sacred places. Jerusalem, Delhi, Constantinople and Alexandria all testify to the Muslim predilection for taking over other people’s sacred places, and turning them into mosques. It wasn’t enough for Muslims to conquer Jerusalem and subjugate its inhabitants. No, they also had to take the holiest place in Judaism and build a mosque on top of it. Similarly it wasn’t enough for them to conquer and rename Constantinople, they also had to turn the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. These are not exceptions to the rule. In Asia, the Middle East and Europe, there are numberless examples of the same thing.[...]

[...]The common denominator is that Muslims do not just make war on lands or bodies– but on memory itself. Their goal is to make people forget what came before their colonization. To distort the history and traditions that are meaningful to them, and replace them with a distorted Islamized version of history. The Muslim “tolerance” in Spain, the Palestinian Arab “refugees” and the Muslim “contributions” to science, are all examples of that revisionist history, in which oppression becomes tolerance, repression becomes knowledge, and the oppressors become the victims.

Ground Zero is not only the central point of the Muslim massacre of 3000 people. It is also the central point of the memory of that massacre. The area is the place where people come to remember what happened. To see, to hear and to pay tribute to the dead. Which is exactly why Muslims are determined to hijack it for their own purposes, with a highly visible mosque and their own 9/11 museum that will feature a radically altered version of history. What they are after is the equivalent of putting up a Holocaust Revisionism museum outside the Holocaust museum.

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