A lot of you have emailed bits about the mosque proposed near Ground Zero since the very start, and others have emailed me since asking why I have yet to comment on it. Well, as I wait for the family to wake up so I can mow the yard - here you go.
I haven't for a simple and selfish reason; disgust. Almost 5 years ago, back in SEP 05 I did a post titled, "NYC to build Mosque at WTC site."
I remember picking that title as it was one of the most mindless actions I could think of. It was, of course, a parody. It was the only think I could think of that was worse than what they proposed on the site of Flight 93's impact area.
Then, as now, things are rather simple. Let me be lazy and quote myself from SEP 05 - it applies to the then "parody-now-fact" as well.
This is complete madness. Like a lot of these things it boils down to one or two things:It is even worse.
1. The designers, politicians, and judges are completely ignorant rubes who were not homeschooled by Anne and therefore have no knowledge of history, symbols and propriety.
2. The designers knew exactly what they were doing and the politicians, judges and citizens are so paralyzed by political correctness and afraid of being called nasty names that they cannot and will not stop this affront to decency.
I don’t buy #1. Say what you want about the designer’s politics, but they are not ignorant and uneducated. My next travel claim is on #2.
I'm not going to use up much space here - it is so obvious. Just read this as it is close to what I would do. The name tells you all you need to know.
The Caliphate of Córdoba (Arabic: خلافة قرطبة Khilāfat Qurṭuba) ruled the Iberian peninsula (Al-Andalus) and North Africa from the city of Córdoba, from 929 to 1031. This period was characterized by remarkable success in trade and culture; many of the masterpieces of Islamic Iberia were constructed in this period, including the famous Great Mosque of Córdoba. In January of 929, Abd-ar-Rahman III proclaimed himself Caliph (Arabic: خليفة) of Córdoba in place of his original title Emir of Córdoba (Arabic: أمير قرطبة 'Amīr Qurṭuba). Abd-ar-Rahman III was a member of the Umayyad dynasty; the same dynasty who held the titles of Emir of Córdoba since 756. The rule of the Caliphate is known as the heyday of Muslim presence in the Iberian peninsula.I love NYC - not an easy thing for a Southerner to say. NYC, however, is ruled by fools.