Posted by: Debby Durkee | September 9, 2010

At Ground Zero–We say “no.”

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At Ground Zero—We say “no.”

Americans, once again, are so far ahead of their leaders that it becomes more obvious everyday just how out of touch and how insulated those who think they run things really are. Americans have said out loud and firmly – building a mosque at ground zero is an affront to the nation, and we refuse to accept this slap in the face. Ground zero is where Americans not only said “no” to an attack on our country, but are once again saying “no” to what is a stealth attack on our culture and our liberties. And, we are sick to death of being told we’re the intolerant ones. We are sick to death of none of our country’s leaders speaking up for Americans and America. Well, it’s up to us, and here’s Andrew McCarthy over at National Review Online to stand up and loudly proclaim it for us. Thank you, sir.

A tectonic shift is in motion: How fitting that its focal point is Ground Zero, the inevitable fault line between Islam and the West.  Snip —

…Sponsors of the Ground Zero mosque neither own the property in question nor possess the means to build and operate the palatial Islamic center they envision. The more light that shines on their record of murky real-estate dealings and the dubious circumstances of their limited stake in the Ground Zero property, the more questions arise. In a more sensible world, those questions would get answered before we plunged into a rancorous public debate. That hasn’t happened, though. In spite of the implacable determination of the mayor (and the attorney general who would be governor) to look the other way, the issue has galvanized the public. What has long bubbled beneath the surface did not need much more heat to boil over.

For the better part of two decades, Americans have been murdered by Islamists and then lectured that they are to blame for what has befallen them. We have been instructed in the need for special sensitivity to the unceasing demands of Islamic culture and falsely accused of intolerance by the people who wrote the book on intolerance. Americans have sacrificed blood and bottomless treasure for Islamic peoples who despise Americans — and despise us even more as our sacrifices and gestures of self-loathing intensify. Americans have watched as apologists for terrorists and sharia were made the face of an American Muslim community that we were simultaneously assured was the very picture of pro-American moderation.

Americans have had our fill. We are willing to live many lies. This one, though, strikes too close to home, arousing our heretofore dormant sense of decency. Americans have now heard Barack Obama’s shtick enough times to know that when he talks about “our values,” he’s really talking about his values, which most of us don’t share. And after ten years of CAIR’s tired tirades, we’re immune to Feisal Rauf, too.

We look around us and we see our country unrivaled by anything in the history of human tolerance. We see thousands of thriving mosques, permitted to operate freely even though we know for a fact that mosques have been used against us, repeatedly, to urge terrorism, recruit terrorists, raise money for terrorists, store and transfer firearms, and inflame Muslims against America and the West…We’re weary, and we don’t really care if that means that Time magazine, Michael Bloomberg, Katie Couric, Fareed Zakaria, and the rest think we’re bad people — they think we’re bad people, anyway.

…How can we be sure that if imam Rauf builds his monument on our graveyard, it won’t become what other purportedly “moderate” Islamic centers have become: a cauldron of anti-American vitriol?

It turns out that there are no satisfactory answers…It is embarrassingly obvious that while some of us have been working to defeat Islamism in our midst, our elites are of the incorrigibly progressive mindset that counsels accommodating them — in the delusion that they will be appeased rather than encouraged to become more aggressive. That is precisely the mindset that makes an Islamist think: Maybe now is the time for a $100 million mosque at Ground Zero.  Snip –

The reformers’ (of Islam) slim chance at prevailing (in moderating Islam) hinges on the American people’s will to say “no” to our self-anointed betters. Ground Zero, once again the site of epic Islamist overreach, may be remembered as the place where we started to say “no.”

Let us no longer be cowed by those who would do repulsive things to our country and our culture in the name of “tolerance” when we are the most tolerant of all nations. For tolerance to really prevail, the United States of America must continue to survive. We cannot continue along a path of self-destruction in order to appear tolerant to the intolerant among us. Read all of McCarthy here:  http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/245872/where-we-begin-say-no-andrew-c-mccarthy?page=1

Related: No First Amendment protection for mosque or Koran burning.

George Newmayr at The American Spectator does something unique as concerning the argument that the building of the mosque at Ground Zero and the burning of the Koran are First Amendment issues, he actually knows the history of the part of the First Amendment that concerns religion and churches. Guess what? The First Amendment protects neither of these most recent cases.

The truth is that the First Amendment protects neither the Ground Zero mosque nor Jones’s burning of copies of the Koran. How do we know this? Because under the real First Amendment, the one written by the Founding Fathers, local communities within states were perfectly free to pass laws prohibiting the construction of particular religious buildings or pass laws that banned book burnings.

Six of the thirteen states that signed the Constitution ran established churches. It is a historical fact that the First Amendment was written not to suppress those state churches but to protect them. Those six states would have never signed the Constitution otherwise. They insisted on the language, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” to make clear that the federal government had no right to establish its own religion and disestablish theirs. The wall of separation in the Constitution is not between government and religion but between the federal government and the states’ religious activities.

The notion that the First Amendment requires individual states to treat all religious believers equally was invented out of thin air by judicial activists…

The rejection of the real Constitution for the phony “living” one explains today’s tyranny of the minority. That tyranny has assumed ironically divergent forms in recent days. In New York City, a majority stands aghast as a group of Muslims tries to build a mosque within blocks of the World Trade Center ruins. In Florida, the majority stands appalled but idle before the pastor of a tiny church who launches an “International Burn-a-Koran Day.” Both incidents are, in varying degrees, acts of gross and pointless incivility that do not truly enjoy constitutional protections…

States and municipalities are free to zone and to restrict the construction of buildings, whether mosques or churches or gay bars. Sounds to me that we Americans need to get out our pocket Constitutions and become familiar with the law of the land because we certainly cannot trust those in power to actually know or care what’s in it. Read it all here: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/09/09/the-founding-fathers-first-ame

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