MOVE * THE * MOSQUE!!


Dear Readers,

 After the whole fiasco on ABC’s “The View” this week, my hair is on FIRE about this topic! First of all, I have huge respect for Whoopi and Joy Behar. The BUTT UGLY TRUTH of it is that they were completely unprofessional during their show with Bill O’Reilly. I mean lets revisit this for just one second. Bill O’Reilly is who he is. You can’t invite him to be a guest on your show and expect him to be what he is not. He gives the butt ugly truth and that’s why I like him! Were his immediate choice of words during a heated debate the “politically correct” words? Of course not! He’s Bill O’Reilly for goodness sake! I think that the majority of people who are following this understood what he meant when he said “The Muslims killed us on 9/11”. His wording was a bit out of line and the debate was heated. If he had the chance to think a second before he spoke, he MIGHT have reworded what he was going to say. But let’s not mince words. Afterall, words are words. Whether you say it one way or another, the meaning of it is clear. The building of a Mosque is fine, somewhere else! For Whoopi and Joy to walk off their own show in a childish attempt of rebuttal is inexcusable. I applaud Barbara Walters for keeping her cool and staying on point without throwing a girlie fit. To Whoopi and Joy, don’t get your panties in a bunch when you are supposed to be professionals! I have a few seminars I can recommend for you on conflict and confrontation.

     I’ve done some reading about differing opinions on the building of this mosque. Several statistics state that 70% of Americans do not want the mosque built so close to ground zero. That should be enough. 9/11 was the most horrific attack of terrorism in the United States and will forever be fresh in our minds and hearts. These “Religious Extremists” – as they are calling them – are using their religion as a way to recruit other terrorists to commit these crimes against Americans.  That is “the way we are SUPPOSED to say it”.  But the butt ugly truth of it all is that these MUSLIM EXTREMISTS have infiltrated our American society in large sects! We cannot continue to ignore the fact that they are still here, in their muslim extremist secrecy, waiting and continuing to plan more attacks in the name a Ala. Because the secrecy has been so delicately laced throughout our communities, how on earth are we supposed to trust that this mosque isn’t a secret declaration of victory? If Muslims are supposed to be peaceful, then they should be empathetic towards how the majority of AMERICANS (not a specific faith-based group) feel about this! Doesn’t peace teach us to see the other side of things? Doesn’t peace teach us that compromise is part of the process? I don’t remember reading anything that says “Americans don’t want Muslims to build mosques anywhere.” I have, however, read that the majority of Americans have requested that Muslims move their building to another place!

     I recently read a piece written by a student journalist, Luke Ball,  http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/379418/newspaperid/4139/Ground_zero_mosque_proposal_ignites_protest.aspx (i am totally NOT a link master! But – there it is!) Part of it reads “Historically, however, the message of mosque building may not be so peaceful. When muslims conquer a city or win a major battle, they construct a mosque.” I had not researched the Muslim religion before, so this was news to me. Those words really worried me! So I googled the question “When do muslims build mosques” Answers.com gave this as an explanation: “The Koran (018:021) states: ‘Build a building over them, their Lord knows best about them;’ and those who prevailed in their affair said, ‘We will surely make a mosque over them.’

This is not a direct commandment to build on a place of victory, but there is a tradition of building mosques to celebrate or symbolize victory.

“The al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem is built on top of one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the Temple Mount. The former St. Sophia’s Basilica, once the world’s largest cathedral and orthodox patriarchal basilica, was torn down and replaced with the principal mosque of Istanbul. The Cordoba mosque in Spain was a former Christian cathedral. Muslims have engaged in this practice for centuries, symbolizing their victories over the infidels.” http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_Muslims_build_mosques_on_lands_that_they_have_claimed_victory_on

     This is enough for me and it should be enough for other AMERICANS too! Including our muslim americans! 9/11 should have a memorial that celebrates the victims lives and a tribute to the bravery of countless rescue workers, survivors, & their families. It should serve New Yorker’s and all of the AMERICANS as a resting place…..a place for reflection…..a place for comfort for those still lost spiritually among the rubble. There should NOT be a mosque looming thirteen stories over a place where muslim extremists killed Americans! MOVE …..THE …..MOSQUE!!!!!

Here are FIFTY ONE other reasons to MOVE THE MOSQUE you may want to ponder (from http://nymag.com/news/articles/wtc/1year/numbers.htm)

9/11 by the Numbers-Death, Destruction, charity, salvation, war, money, real estate, spouses, babies, and other September 11 statistics.

              

The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.

  1. Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819  
  2. Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343 
  3. Number of NYPD officers: 23 
  4. Number of Port Authority police officers: 37 
  5. Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60  
  6. Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402 
  7. Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614 
  8. Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658 
  9. Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 22 
  10. Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115 
  11. Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1 
  12. Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39  
  13. Bodies found “intact”: 289  
  14. Body parts found: 19,858 
  15. Number of families who got no remains: 1,717 
  16. Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000 
  17. Total units of donated blood actually used: 258 
  18. Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609 
  19. Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051 
  20. Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20  
  21. FDNY retirements, January–July 2001: 274 
  22. FDNY retirements, January–July 2002: 661 
  23. Number of firefighters on leave for respiratory problems by January 2002: 300 
  24. Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200 
  25. Number of FDNY vehicles destroyed: 98  
  26. Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124  
  27. Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99 
  28. Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100 
  29. Days the New York Stock Exchange was closed: 6  
  30. Point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average when the NYSE reopened: 684.81 
  31. Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26 
  32. Total number of hate crimes reported to the Council on American-Islamic Relations nationwide since 9/11: 1,714 
  33. Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion 
  34. Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million 
  35. Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970 million 
  36. Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion  
  37. Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 9/11: $40.2 billion 
  38. Estimated amount of money needed to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $7.5 billion 
  39. Amount of money recently granted by U.S. government to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $4.55 billion  
  40. Estimated amount of money raised for funds dedicated to NYPD and FDNY families: $500 million 
  41. Percentage of total charity money raised going to FDNY and NYPD families: 25 
  42. Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow: $1 million 
  43. Percentage increase in law-school applications from 2001 to 2002: 17.9 
  44. Percentage increase in Peace Corps applications from 2001 to 2002: 40 
  45. Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50 
  46. Number of songs Clear Channel Radio considered “inappropriate” to play after 9/11: 150 
  47. Number of mentions of 9/11 at the Oscars: 26 
  48. Apartments in lower Manhattan eligible for asbestos cleanup: 30,000  
  49. Number of apartments whose residents have requested cleanup and testing: 4,110 
  50. Number of Americans who changed their 2001 holiday-travel plans from plane to train or car: 1.4 million 
  51. Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

The Butt Ugly Truth of it all is that most people won’t do these numbers justice and read them all. But they need to. They need to remember how much of our American population suffered. We suffered personally, publicly, nationally, globally. We will not forget.

~Crystal

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2 thoughts on “MOVE * THE * MOSQUE!!

  1. Unfortunately took many pussy politicians get involved in shit like this and basically make decisions that go against the thoughts of the American people. Now that I read the part where muslims build a mosque on a spot that they “conquered”, I am no not ashamed to say that the mosque be destroyed by the citizens of this country. Maybe that way the politicians will grow out of their baby diapers and “man up” and tell these bastards…. No, we don’t want it here.

    The land of tolerance is no longer here. In the past 20 years, we have suffered enough from shitty politicians, financial costs of wars, illegal immigration, joblessness and ecological disasters that I truly think we really have to say enough is enough. Recently, the people of 2 countries have created uprisings against their lousy governments. As much as I hate to follow the actions of those people, maybe that’s what our government needs so they can realize that they lost all credibility with the people they are governing.

    I remember someone wrote: “A government FOR the people, BY the people…” I don’t remember any part that mentions kickbacks, dirty deals, squeezing the people of every cent they have while watching every fucking move they do in the name of homeland security.

    No, I am not anti-government, but I am pissed off at our current government and the last good administration we had, where the middle class citizen not only had money to pay their bills but had money to spare for great vacations or simply impulse shopping, ended in 1988 when Reagan’s last term was over. You can say what you want about Reagan but the American people were happier with their lives when he was president more than anyone is now or have been in last 20 years.

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