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New York Times Links Opposition To Ground Zero Mosque To Vandalism And Violence

Posted on September 7 2010 12:00 pm
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First the New York Times ran front page  puff pieces on the leaders of the Ground Zero mega-mosque complex (now known as Park51). Yesterday, the Times went a step further. It ran a front page article lamenting the persecution of Muslim Americans, which it blamed in part on the

fierce opposition to a Muslim cultural center near ground zero that has unleashed a torrent of anti-Muslim sentiments and a spate of vandalism. The knifing of a Muslim cab driver in New York City has also alarmed many American Muslims…The great mosque debate seems to have unleashed a flurry of vandalism and harassment directed at mosques

To dramatize its point, the Times quoted a Muslim chaplain at Duke University, who said:

Some of what people are saying in this mosque controversy is very similar to what German media was saying about Jews in the 1920s and 1930s. It’s really scary.

Aside from the obscene moral equivalency of comparing the opposition to the particular placement of one specific mosque complex with questionable connections near Ground Zero to the widespread German hatred and violence against Jews simply because they were Jews, the Times article overlooks one revealing fact. Reported hate crimes in the United States connected with the religion of the victims have been directed at Jews more than five times as much as the number of similar crimes directed at Muslims.

Undaunted by the facts, the Times article tried to paint a picture of Muslim Americans cowering in their living rooms:

Muslims sit in their living rooms, aghast as pundits assert over and over that Islam is not a religion at all but a political cult, that Muslims cannot be good Americans and that mosques are fronts for extremist jihadis.

What Islamic organization does the Times then cite as trying to address the “growing tide of fear and intolerance?” None other than the unindicted co-conspirator of the terrorist-funding Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development –  the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)!

One month after 9/11, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, ISNA’s president, described the extremist Wahhabism ideology that inspired the 9/11 terrorists this way:

It is the name of a reform movement that began 200 years ago to rid Islamic societies of cultural practices and rigid interpretation that had acquired over the centuries. It really was analogous to the European Protestant Reformation.

In a September 2002 interview with PBS, Mattson stated that she did not see “any difference” between Christian leaders criticizing Islam or Al Qaeda on the one hand, and Osama bin Laden citing “Islamic theology to justify violence against Americans” on the other.

Memo to the Times: Check your facts. Neither ISNA nor the Park 51 Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf are moderates in any true sense of the word. They believe in the supremacy of sharia (Islamic law) and in stealth methods to incorporate sharia into American society. They blame America as at least an “accessory” to 9/11.

Muslim Americans who are truly concerned about intolerance in this country should start with the practitioners of intolerance within the Muslim American community itself.

Joseph Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam, which is available now for pre-order on

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