The debate concerning the Ground Zero mosque seems to be turning around one point: tolerance. If you are for the mosque, you are tolerant but if you are against it, you are a Muslim-hater and deserve to do 40 Hail Marys then be crucified. The trouble with the debate being framed in this manner is that it lets the Park51 Group (which is behind the project) off the hook as the “debate” becomes one about the “hosts” not the “guests.”
One of the hallmarks of American society is the White Anglo Saxon Protestant, or WASP. It is tougher to find them nowadays though I’m sure some still lurk on Beacon Hill or Manhattan. WASPs certainly weren’t the most easy-going or lighthearted group of people you’ll ever meet but a great many of them were fair and most of them donated large sums of money towards improving American society. The American character may have started with the Puritans, but it was the separation between work and religion that, thanks to Protestantism, allowed this country to flourish.
Islam ain’t Protestantism but rather it is its antithesis. Arabs used to be great scientists and they used to invent things (Christians used to steal their technology and knowledge) but that was more than a thousand years ago. The significance of the Ground Zero mosque is sort of like the FAO Schwartz store on 5th Avenue in New York City… it will be a flagship location for Muslims around the world… a 13 plus story building costing tens of millions of dollars with everything inside its walls but tolerance and openness. There may be some pretty pictures of children of different colors holding hands running across open fields (enough to pacify any Liberal) but make no mistake about it… the Believers will still dislike the Infidels, 12 year old girls will still expected to be married off (Mohammad married a 6 year old girl and consummated the relationship when she was 9), gays will not be welcomed, and all the other beliefs we find in Muslim nations such as stoning women for infidelity (while the men don’t meet the same punishment), depriving girls of the gift of literacy, and the hatred of the Jews will all predominate there.
Who is the intolerant group… those who oppose the mosque or those who will pray and preach there? What an odd paradox that one of the most tolerant nations in the history of humanity would allow that most intolerant of religions to establish a Mothership base in the heart of its biggest city?
Religion is an illogical thing in and of itself. If we were to say that instead of Jesus Christ descending from the Heavens to judge all living and dead Martians would one day land in their flying saucers to judge everybody most people would think you are crazy. So if religion is an irrational thing how can one’s reaction to it be rational?
Liberals, who hold more irrational, Utopian beliefs in their heads at the same time than any other group I’ve heard of can’t seem to wrap their minds around this point. Protestantism has reshaped humanity, reshaped Catholicism in America, and given us all the freedoms we take for granted so that all people can enjoy life as best as they can. But Islam is, as its being practiced by a vast majority of believers, the opposite and people feel threatened. People can’t understand how the Muslim nation of Iran can bury a woman up to her neck and throw rocks at her until she’s dead. People can’t understand how young girls are married off to men old enough to be their grandfathers and expected to produce children by these “marriages.” People can’t understand you can be harshly punished for owning a Bible in Saudi Arabia or why Christian churches are against the law there.
In our hearts we feel it is wrong to discriminate against someone because they believe in something or someone, we operate under the belief structure of “live and let live” and yet the Ground Zero mosque will not hold preachers who believe these things… in fact they will preach the opposite.
People are afraid that this flagship FAO Schwartz mosque will foreshadow the types of things we see in England where so many Muslims have gone to live… the creation of Sharia Law, government officials giving Democracy-hating Mulsims there a wide birth, being afraid of offending Muslims by drawing their prophet, etc.
People see this mosque as a sort of tipping point while Liberals try and ignore this by saying things like:
There are plenty of mosques in NYC and nobody has died because of it.
It is wrong to discriminate against a group of people because of their religious beliefs but it is also wrong to allow our freedoms to be chipped away by a group that has many members that does not want to assimilate and that enforces its rules on innocent members of its community.
Currently there are between 5 and 6 million Muslims in America and they are vastly outnumbered by the Infidels but some Americans are alarmed by stories such as the Muslim football team that, because of their religious beliefs, practice from 11pm until 4am due to Ramadan. William Powell, a non-Muslim member of the team, must practice during those hours too, even though normally he’d be asleep at that hour.
What is going to happen is that Infidels will do their best to tolerate, accommodate, and assist to make life “easier” for practicing Muslims until a tipping point is reached when our way of life will change forever. This point may not occur for 50 or 100 years or may never occur at all or, as in the case of England, might happened much sooner than one imagines.
What will Liberals have to say about “intolerance” when their “celebrate diversity” mantra meets with bloodshed in their own country? Will they, too, become “intolerant” or not?
The only “solution” to this very real problem is a huge gamble which is to retain our American character and show Muslims what being an American is all about and let the culture hopefully influence them and pray that the melting pot is still hot enough to assimilate the Dark Age tenets of their religion and that the Imans who hold sway in Islamic countries cannot take hold here. It is a massive gamble and if it doesn’t work future generations will find life very unpleasant but it is all we’ve got and we have to take this risk because to not do it would mean we would become like the people who want to build the mosque at Ground Zero.
Here is a shocking interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr., MSNBC’s Senior Political Analyst regarding being “tolerant” of Islam which nicely illustrates the problems cited in this article (interviewed by Hugh Hewitt):
HH: Would you say the same things about Mohammed as you just said about Joseph Smith?
LO’D: Oh, well, I’m afraid of what the…that’s where I’m really afraid. I would like to criticize Islam much more than I do publicly, but I’m afraid for my life if I do.
HH: Well, that’s candid.
LO’D: Mormons are the nicest people in the world. They’re not going to ever…
HH: So you can be bigoted towards Mormons, because they’ll just send you a strudel.
LO’D: They’ll never take a shot at me. Those other people, I’m not going to say a word about them.
HH: They’ll send you a strudel. The Mormons will bake you a cake and be nice to you.
LO’D: I agree.
HH: Lawrence O’Donnell, I appreciate your candor.