I’m sure by now we’ve all heard about the plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero – the site of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that resulted in the deaths of 2,997 innocent souls and 19 jihadists. Much has been made of it. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg vehemently defended the decision to allow it to be built, saying it’s a matter of religious freedom. Governor David Paterson tried to find more neutral ground by offering state assistance to help find another location for it. In the meantime, the proposed mosque has trampled on the last nerve of most Americans (even some liberals). We feel it is a desecration of sacred ground. We have a right to feel that way.
My great-grandmother once told me about what it was like when she heard about the bombing at Pearl Harbor. She remembered where she was, what she was doing, and how she felt. She markedly recalled the mood of everyone she knew: anger. We didn’t do anything to the Japanese, so why are they attacking us? How dare they! Everyone rightly believed that the attack needed to be swiftly and decisively repaid, lest the attackers feel they could destroy us – and actively try. It was simple then: kill them or they will kill us.
Somehow we’ve managed to lose our grip on reality since then. I have seen and heard many gays in the public eye defend Islam and Muslims. There are even gay groups that defend the Palestinians, despite stonings, hangings and beheadings that are doled out for those caught in homosexual acts. Never mind the fact that if we were to display our gay pride in an Arab nation ruled by Sharia we’d be arrested and executed – they’re the underdog in American culture, and by God (or Allah, as it were) we need to help them!
We’ll be helping them while they dig our graves. 9/11 was not the first attack that jihadists carried out against Americans. There was the bombing of the USS Cole, the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the Khobar towers, the Beirut Marine Barracks, the first bombing of the WTC, and the Iranian hostage crisis. None of those incidents were provoked. Each and every one were carried out by Sunni and Wahhabi Muslims bent on carrying out jihad against American infidels. Now we have Muslim groups all over the world collecting funds to have a Muslim community center and mosque built just steps from the site of the worst terrorist attack ever to be carried out on American soil, and it was carried out in the name of the very religion whose leaders wish to build their holy place on that hallowed ground.
I just love how the Muslims planning the mosque and their defenders are calling for tolerance. It’s all about freedom, they say. Well, here’s their tolerance in action…Greg Gutfield, host of Fox News Channel’s Red Eye program, has decided to plan a gay bar to be built next door to the mosque. The idea is that it will cater to gay Muslims. Gutfield has been jeered by a lot of liberals – including a lot of gays – for trying to stir up trouble. Really? You’re kidding, right? Gutfield tried to get them to talk about it, and they’ve refused. They won’t even talk to him off the record. Here was his Twitter message:
@park51 Hey, how do you feel about my gay Muslim bar set to be built near the Mosque? Do you embrace in name of tolerance?
…And their response, also via Twitter:
.@greggutfeld You’re free to open whatever you like. If you won’t consider the sensibilities of Muslims, you’re not going to build dialog
Oh, okay…I see. So everyone else has to be tolerant and understand MUSLIM sensibilities, but you don’t have to give a damn about American sensibilities about what you’re trying to do? How does that work? I cannot believe you would condescend to us by telling us that we need to be sensitive to you while you dance on our still-healing wounds and try to claim that you’re “sensitive” to our feelings and beliefs on this issue.
Muslim sensibilities? If you’re so open to people being tolerant then you should show some yourself. If you expect Americans to live with a mosque at Ground Zero, then you had best not dare bitch about your sensibilities. You had better learn to live with a gay bar next door, because that is how we live here. If you want to “build dialogue” with us you must first be willing to discuss all of the issues. Of course, we all know how you carry out dialogue – it plays out every day in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank…you’ve made it quite clear what your idea of “dialogue” is.
The Big O has now weighed in. Naturally, he’s calling for tolerance to be shown to the Muslims planning the mosque.
The uber-liberals over at the Huffington Post have, on cue, called the backlash against the mosque site Islamophobia. I have one thing to say to that accusation: