Liberty Endangered

“The rights and liberties of free peoples, as expressed in documents such as the United States’ Declaration of Independence, will be completely eradicated if this ideology prevails.” (Brigitte Gabriel, They Must be Stopped)
 

I’ve been trying to wait until I’d read more…but I can’t. I wanted to at least finish reading the Introduction…but I can’t wait even that long.

Most of you who read this post are probably established in a career and/or family, and/or church, community, etc., with goals either set & being pursued, or already accomplished. Your plans, your lives have taken shape.

Mine has not. Until now…
Though, along the way, it has crossed my mind that what seems like the millions of failed or thwarted efforts at success of ANY kind! may have been deliberate Divine obstruction, I was never able to fully accept that. (Would that I could’ve! Much greater would have been my peace…) When I considered that God may have bound up my life, my talents & my abilities for so long…saving me for a purpose yet to be realized…I believed that could be true but…maybe not. I once read that Jesus was kept hidden in the Father until He reached fullness of power. Then His mission began. There was an appointed time, and a fullness of time. But of course, that was Jesus…not me…could any purpose be so important that my entire life up ‘til now, would’ve been kept on hold for it?

While I don’t know exactly what my part will be in the critical venture ahead, the answer is ’yes’.

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“Political correctness has literally paralyzed many in government and created an atmosphere in which fear of being called intolerant or an ‘Islamophobe’ trumps concerns over safeguarding our lives and liberties.” (ibid.)

Brigitte Gabriel is a survivor of Islamic terror, and one of the most sought-after terrorism experts in the world. She witnessed its operations first-hand, growing up in Lebanon and living in a bomb shelter for seven years. Reading only the back cover, inside flaps, and five pages of the Introduction to her book ‘They Must be Stopped – Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It’, my entire being is almost quivering. My focus is heart-pounding, and it is absolute.
How deceived was I, to have almost fully accepted the peace-and-harmony tune being played to Americans by Imam Rauf and his associates – according to Ms. Gabriel, “To gain widespread appeal in America, they cloak themselves in the garb of moderation and take advantage of America’s freedom of religion.” If the shoe fits…and guess what? It does – consider this: “The unbuilt NY mosque has plans for several floors to study how to get Sharia law slowly installed in our country–we have to elect people who are aware of the inflitration…” (comment on ‘Is the State Department Inviting Possible Terrorists into our Schools?’)
 
The above-mentioned quivering is approaching nausea. But I am not backing down from this. The presence and spreading of radical Islam in America, and the world, “with its central tenet of jihad” is very real. It is deadly serious. Truly, it must be stopped.

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As I continue reading ‘They Must be Stopped’, I’ll be posting updates accordingly…

…more Thoughts on the Ground Zero Mosque

In late August of this year, I posted “…but What is our Goal? (concerning the Ground Zero Mosque)”. In that post, I ‘thought out loud’ as regards differing viewpoints on this controversial issue. Knee-jerk reactions of outraged opposition pitted against the possibility of a genuine healing & restoration. Perhaps understanding could foster, ultimately, forgiveness.

Earlier today I participated in a brief ‘Ground Zero mosque’ survey. It forced me to be more definite in my own position. While not wanting to entrench myself in a hostile mindset…and wanting to be open to the mind of the Lord, if I could…I had to choose. I don’t want a mosque built on that particular piece of ground. I think President Obama should comment on the wisdom of such a move, not back away from it, leaving the American people with a sense of void. And I’m undecided on a couple of points, still…

…but taking the survey reminded me that I wanted to add a few more facts to my original article, facts recently learned. Facts which unsettled me.

I was not familiar with the concept of “hudna“. A “hudna” is a temporary peace, lasting up to ten years, entered into by an Islamic force when it is weaker than its enemy. Its purpose is to re-group, re-arm and build its strength for eventual re-attack. Once the ten year mark has passed, the Islamic side is required to resume the war with its enemy.
You realize, of course, that we just passed the nine-year anniversary of that day of national tragedy in New York city – September 11, 2001. But did you know that the date set for the completion and official opening of the Ground Zero mosque is September 11, 2011? Ten years later…

It is entirely possible that Imam Rauf’s motivation in setting that date is to – neutralize? – such precedent by beginning a venture of the very opposite nature. It’s possible. I say this without innuendo or sarcasm. As Daisy Khan has said,
“… it’s a symbol, a platform that will give voice to the silent majority of Muslims who suffer at the hands of extremists. A center will show that Muslims will be part of rebuilding lower Manhattan.” She added that the center would be open to everyone.

Conversely, it has been suggested that the triumphant symbol of a Muslim mosque on ‘conquered territory‘, explains in full the Imam’s rejection of Donald Trump’s offer to buy him out, so to speak. Backing up this much less savory version of intent is the argument that, if Rauf really means for this venture to be a humanitarian one, and if he truly wishes to improve Muslim well-being & standing in the community/area, couldn’t he do a lot along those lines with Trump’s money? That sounds a little crass, I guess… But Donald Trump is the man! and I am imagining the offer was a staggering amount of money. Small businesses, college & scholarship funds, housing needs, etc. could benefit greatly from those proceeds. The rejection of Trump’s proposal could indicate that the symbolism of conquest is more important. A commenter on American Thinker‘, AdinaF, from Israel, affirms the symbolism aspect of Islam as being ‘all-important‘, and in this case, a sign that an even bigger jihad is being planned against the United States of America.

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Speaking of symbolism, I have often wondered, why September 11th? Why was that particular date chosen for the 2001 attack? Another ’Thinker’ commenter offers insight on this matter.

“September 11 does have meaning for muslims. That was the day in 1683 when they were stopped in their expansion into Europe at the gates of Vienna. I’m sure it has been a thorn in their side for over 327 years.” – ked5 (see also)

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I am not sure how to proceed, at this point.

Much mention is made of moderate Islam vs. extremist Islam. I’ve read repeatedly, and even referenced, that the majority of Muslims are non-violent and not ‘out to get us.’ (Though the ‘violent’ percentage may have increased over the past nine years). Still, it is in the minority, last I heard.

Yet…researching even a little bit into passages from the Qur’an, and Shari’ah law…I’m concerned. If a Muslim by definition is a believer in these two pillars of their ideological world, then, based on what I’ve read, I’m questioning how such a condition as ’moderate Islam’ could even, ultimately, exist.

I will be following-up this post with a Part 2, but ’til then, let me sum up my article with these two paragraphs from a piece by *Kelly O’Connell, in “Winds of Jihad” -

The enormous difference between ideas of equality and fairness that separate the Islamic world and the West are so colossal it defies easy explanation. In fact, we must study Islam in pieces to really understand the whole. This matters, because—before long—each big US city will undoubtedly have Muslims similar to Rauf seeking to influence policies and get involved in political life, and put the imprint of Muhammad upon all they touch.”

Unless we understand the grave differences between the two world views, representing not just rules, but also principles and values, we will be at severe disadvantage in defending our ancestral freedoms against incursion of foreign belief. This matters because Islam has always been a missionary religion, propagated by force and invasion. If we don’t understand its virulence and fatalistic determination, and that there is no alternative peaceful view in traditional Islam, great and quick may be our fall.”

* Kelly’s article appears in ‘Canada Free Press’.
 

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…but What is our Goal? (concerning the Ground Zero Mosque)


I think the reason that my reaction was mild, when I first heard of the proposed Ground Zero mosque, was that it didn’t compute. I was probably in a kind of shock. On a deeper level, sure, I got it – the bizarre nature of such a possibility – but not front & center. Now, this is a ‘front & center’ issue.

I understand that many in America are, without a doubt, against this travesty. How could any true patriot not be? The more one thinks about it, and learns facts & details, the more opposed to the project one should become. Right? Or not…? I have to admit, my first conscious flickering of thought was of another sort. I briefly wondered if the idea was to somehow promote a side-by-side harmony, replace great suffering with…well, that trend of thought was soon replaced with others. It’s just that, as a Christian, I first considered the possibility of proximity eventually engendering forgiveness. Even if the proximity was a forced one. Ultimately, could healing through acceptance prevail ?

Perhaps this theory is not so far off the mark, however – Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, though he has called the intended building “a real affront to people who lost their lives” in the Twin Towers attack and is opposed to the Ground Zero location, writes: “This is about ending the poisonous atmosphere engendered by fear and hate, and in order to do that there has to be genuine listening, hearing and willingness to compromise on both sides.”

“…the builders of the proposed Islamic Center say they want to help heal the nation and there is a preponderance of evidence that that is true, based not least on the fact that the last administration viewed the leadership of this group as a pro-American bridge to the Muslim world.” (Salon) (Now, I have not looked into this ‘preponderance of evidence’, so I can’t cite specifics.)

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim cleric leading this initiative, turns out to have actively assisted the FBI’s counter-terrorism efforts in 2003. Surprised? Me, too…Walter Isaacson, head of the Aspen Institute, where Imam Rauf has worked to promote religious tolerance, says of him: “He has consistently denounced radical Islam and terrorism, and promoted a moderate and tolerant Islam.” (Huffington Post) This Post article claims that those who really know the Imam consider the extremist-type labels being applied to him today as ’unhinged from reality’. During an October, 2001 interview, he told Katie Couric, “We have to be very much more vocal about protecting human rights and planting the seeds of democratic regimes throughout the Arab and Muslim world.”

Maybe he really isn’t the bad guy so many have him cut out to be…?

I’ve spent some time listening to replays of Jay Sekulow’s recent radio broadcasts concerning this mosque. He, too, mentioned this idea of healing, but he mentioned it only to refute it, explaining that it has been a Muslim tradition, historically, to erect mosques on conquered territory. His take on this venture puts it in the category of a way to gain territory & control, not to promote or foster anything other than that. In fact, even the name ascribed to the initiative, the Cordoba House, can be seen as having ominous significance. The Great Mosque of Cordoba had originally been a church located in Cordoba, Spain, known as the Christian Visigothic church of St. Vincent’s. Invaded by an army of Berber Northwest Africans recently converted to Islam, the Visigothic kingdom came under Muslim control. The church was made into a mosque (Wikipedia) As Muslim domination increased, so did the presence of their palaces & mosques, visible symbols of power.

(Note: this mosque eventually was reclaimed by the Spanish and today stands as the ‘Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption’.)
Still, it’s easy to understand how a mosque to be constructed at Ground Zero has been labeled by some as a symbol of victory, power or conquest. At an earlier more suspicious, spiteful moment my thought had been, they couldn’t kill the American spirit but they want to pretend they did…rub their attitudes in our face, taunt us…continue to try & break America down…

But now, after some investigation into the man behind the mosque initiative, I’m not so sure. Despite allegations of nefarious connections to terrorist funding, and refusal to apply the ’terrorist’ label to some…I’m not so sure. I don’t want to seem, or be, naïve but America may have to go deep & long on this one…

“The national debate about building a mosque near Ground Zero in New York is less about our freedom of religion than about the common sense and uncommon courtesy sometimes required to come together as Americans.” - Karen Hughes, former Undersecretary of State and adviser to President George W. Bush, begins an excellent article about NOT putting up this mosque at the Ground Zero location with this statement. She tells us that a Muslim friend of hers has said that she understands how seeing a Muslim mosque erected so close to the scene of such tragedy would be ‘too much’ for those who lost loved ones that awful day. “That’s what we need in this debate-” writes Ms. Hughes ,” more understanding and respect for other points of view.”

Amen.

Yet…Eric Deggans, media critic for St. Petersburg Times, wonders: “A mosque within sight of the former World Trade Center site, especially if it is dedicated to peace, would seem an important antidote to that {terrorist}*strategy; a pointed punch in the face to those who bet on Americans’ worst instincts.” (Huffington Post)

*[{of turning} moderate Muslims against the West; to show them that we cannot be trusted to treat them fairly or consider their freedoms.] Thus, of course, creating from their ensuing resentment & dissatisfaction a greater pool of possible jihadist recruits…

Which way should we…will we…go? Do we know for sure that Imam Rauf is blameless as regards terrorist ties & intentions? Risk needs to be taken to believe that, but it seems not such a stretch…Would yielding, willingly, and allowing the mosque to be built as proposed go a long way towards fruitful healing, on both sides – though it may take awhile?

Or do we paint a different scenario here, and pose this question: Imam Rauf & Daisy Khan, if your true intention is promoting peace and healing, then are you willing to spare many, many still-wounded Americans the pain and distress of rubbing salt in those wounds? “We’re not telling them not to practice their religion. … It’s about location, location, location,” he said, asking why the mosque couldn’t be built farther away from the land that he still considers a cemetery. “It’s disrespectful. You wouldn’t put a Japanese cultural center at Pearl Harbor.” - former NYC Fire Dept. deputy chief who lost a son on 9/11 (ABC News)

Can you consider re-locating your mosque?

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Yes, I’ve put my signature on a couple online petitions to stop it, and have posted, at the very top of my blog, against the Ground Zero mosque. But now, I am not so sure. The price to be paid, yet again, by the families of the near three thousand Americans who died that day, would be high. Maybe too high…I can’t imagine it, I lost no one on 9/11 – but if real and true healing could grow out of this, the loss of the grip of fear and perhaps hatred on our lives & souls would be the ultimate victory over terrorism. Here, at least, it will have lost its power. And that would be an amazing start. That which they planned for evil, perhaps God meant for good – perhaps the seed of the solution was, all along, in the crisis itself.