...because the truth shall set ye free.
Read this and understand: dedicated enemies to our lifestyle (especially you of the LGBT community!) are deliberately and with malice aforethought abusing our own sense of liberalism and tolerance in order to establish their own intolerance and, most importantly, to build themselves a triumph mosque in the shadow of where the World Trade Center once stood.
There are seven right and proper mosques already in the Borough of Manhattan. This would be the eighth. Mosques are understood by Muslims to be exclusive places of worship, where unbelievers are not welcome or tolerated. A community center associated with a mosque is strictly limited to Muslims, sharply reducing the meaning of "community" to something that folks like Mayor Bloomberg and others fail to comprehend.
The fact we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as "Fitna," meaning "mischief-making" that is clearly forbidden in the Koran.
Fitna (pl. fitan) (فتنة) is an Arabic word with connotations of secession, upheaval and chaos: it can also be translated as sedition, of mischief-making,
Fitna indeed. This is fitna at its finest, of making mischief amongst the infidels, who are so stupid so as not to understand that this mosque - named after Córdoba,
So what's with the name "Córdoba?"
Under the orders of the Great Umayyad Caliph Al-Walid I, Tariq ibn-Ziyad led a small force that landed at Gibraltar on April 30, 711. After a decisive victory at the Battle of Guadalete on July 19, 711, Tariq ibn-Ziyad brought most of the Iberian Peninsula under Muslim occupation in a seven-year campaign. They crossed the Pyrenees and occupied parts of southern France, but were defeated by the Frank Charles Martel at the Battle of Poitiers in 732. However Poitiers did not stop the progress of the Berber Arabs and in 734 Avignon was conquered, Arles was attacked and the whole of Provence was overrun. In 737, the Muslims reached Burgundy, where they captured a large quantity of slaves to take back to Iberia. Charles Martel responded with continuous campaigns against the Muslims in the south of Gaul between 736 and 739 and twenty years later, in 759, the Franks under the leadership of Pepin the Short expelled the Muslims from Septimania which was one of the five administrative areas of Al-Andalus.
The Iberian peninsula, except for the Kingdom of Asturias, became part of the expanding Umayyad empire, under the name of al-Andalus. The earliest attestation of this Arab name is a dinar coin, preserved in the Archaeological Museum in Madrid, dating from five years after the conquest (716). The coin bears the word "al-Andalus" in Arabic script on one side and the Iberian Latin "Span" on the obverse. At first, al-Andalus was ruled by governors appointed by the Caliph, most ruling for periods of under three years. However, from 740, a series of civil wars between various Muslim groups in Iberia resulted in the breakdown of Caliphal control, with Yūsuf al-Fihri, who emerged as the main winner, effectively becoming an independent ruler.
In 750, the Abbasids overthrew the Umayyads for control of the great Arab empire. But in 756, the exiled Umayyad prince Abd-ar-Rahman I (later titled Al-Dākhil) ousted Yūsuf al-Fihri to establish himself as the Emir of Córdoba. He refused to submit to the Abbasid caliph, as Abbasid forces had killed most of his family. Over a thirty year reign, he established a tenuous rule over much of al-Andalus, overcoming partisans of both the al-Fihri family and of the Abbasid caliph. For the next century and a half, his descendants continued as emirs of Córdoba, with nominal control over the rest of al-Andalus and sometimes even parts of western North Africa, but with real control, particularly over the marches along the Christian border, vacillating depending on the competence of the individual emir. Indeed, the power of emir Abdallah ibn Muhammad (circa 900) did not extend beyond Córdoba itself. But his grandson Abd-al-Rahman III, who succeeded him in 912, not only rapidly restored Umayyad power throughout al-Andalus but extended it into western North Africa as well. In 929 he proclaimed himself Caliph, elevating the emirate to a position competing in prestige not only with the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad but also the Shi'ite caliph in Tunis—with whom he was competing for control of North Africa.
The period of the Caliphate is seen by Muslim writers as the golden age of al-Andalus. Crops produced using irrigation, along with food imported from the Middle East, provided the area around Córdoba and some other Andalusī cities with an agricultural economic sector by far the most advanced in Europe. Among European cities, Córdoba under the Caliphate, with a population of perhaps 500,000, eventually overtook Constantinople as the largest and most prosperous city in Europe. Within the Islamic world, Córdoba was one of the leading cultural centres. The work of its most important philosophers and scientists (notably Abulcasis and Averroes) had a major influence on the intellectual life of medieval Europe. Muslims and non-Muslims often came from abroad to study in the famous libraries and universities of al-Andalus after the reconquista of Toledo in 1085. The most noted of these was Michael Scot (c. 1175 to c. 1235), who took the works of Ibn Rushd ("Averroes") and Ibn Sina ("Avicenna") to Italy. This transmission was to have a significant impact on the formation of the European Renaissance.
The Córdoba Initiative, which is the driving force behind this mosque, is not named as an accident.
The complete and utter lack of achievements of modern-day Arab and Muslim scientists and writers is a monument to the repressive nature of Islam as it is practiced by so many today, reflecting the obsession with dogma and the insistence that hermeneutic analysis of the Koran is strictly proscribed and controlled. Córdoba was the last and many say only shining light of the Caliphate, but what most do not realize that it was repressive and non-Muslims were treated as second-class citizens, subject to taxes. While Córdoba under the Caliphate did not apparently directly prosecute non-believers, this was a matter of choice and conscience, not one of structure: unbelievers did well only when they did what they did in the name of and in service to the Caliphate.
There were, after all, the Martyrs of Córdoba, the 48 Christians who stated their beliefs publicly, for which they were executed. They were executed for blasphemy against Islam under sharia law, which does not permit anyone who is not Muslim from having a public religious life.
This is the intolerance that the Córdoba initiative celebrates as well: you cannot separate the good from the evil.
The mosque of the Córdoba Initiative is a deliberate provocation, done subtly and with great skill, tweaking the nose of the Great Satan directly in the shadow of the World Trade Center.
As such it should not be built. Shame on Mayor Bloomberg and the other New York City politicians for failing to do even a little bit of homework and failing to understand that to give an inch is to give a mile. They have invited into their houses, effectively, those who scoff and scorn them, all in the name of tolerance that tolerates intolerance.
That way lies madness.