First Amendment be Damned!

There shall be no freedom of religion!  So sayeth the right-wing hysteria machine!

I received this email from my mom today, quoting Newt Gingrich’s rantings on the proposed “mosque” in New York in their entirety:

Newt Gingrich on the Mosque

July 21, 2010 6pm

There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites.  For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term.  It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest.  It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.

Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca.

And they lecture us about tolerance.

If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom.   They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign.

We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years.  Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

Finally where is the money coming from?  The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all their funding sources.

America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.

No mosque.

No self deception.

No surrender.

The time to take a stand is now – at this site on this issue

So much for the First Amendment.  You do remember the First Amendment, don’t you?:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I suppose that what Newt is getting at is that we should abolish the practice of the Muslim faith in any and all forms in this country.  The U.S. government should identify every single mosque in the country and have it summarily destroyed, and all members of said mosques should be rounded up and placed into fenced-in “communities” where they will not be allowed to leave, and where we can keep a close eye on those miscreants.  They’re nothing but trouble.  The whole lot of them!  After all, ALL Muslims are terrorists.

But why stop there?  Jewish people are different, aren’t they?  Especially those fundamentalist Chabad Jews.  Take a trip over to Brooklyn, NY, and you’ll find an entire section of New York City completely dedicated to these conniving Jews, who so openly defy American laws and customs.  They dress differently than the rest of us, and they wear their hair strange.  And the men with those creepy, long beards!  The buildings there are even marked in Hebrew, not English!  No, they cannot be trusted.  They’re fundamentalist religious freaks and cannot be tolerated within our borders.  They must go.

And the Catholics!  What about the Catholics?  EVERYBODY knows that they are beholden to NO ONE but the Pope!  The Pope is their God, and they worship no other.  We can’t have them running around spreading the gospel of a foreign entity such as the Vatican.  This is America, and we don’t want to live by their laws!  They cannot be trusted.  Their churches must be demolished and their kind exiled from this country.  They too must go.

And what about those Christian evangelist types?  You know the ones……they’re always walking around with their bibles trying to convert everyone they encounter on the streets…..those Jehova’s Witnesses, the Promise Keepers, the Oath Keepers….and especially those dreaded Mormons with their “elders” riding their bikes around our neighborhoods willy-nilly, peddling their “Book of Mormon,” knocking on our doors and trying to convert everyone! They’ve got some diabolical plan cooking to take over this country.  They cannot be trusted.  They are a danger to our way of life!  They must be rounded up and shot!

The Buddhists……we simply cannot allow that disease to spread.  They must be stopped before we’re ALL in danger!  And the Hindus, and Seiks, and, and, and……….

“They came first for the communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist.”

“Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.”

“Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t’ speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.”

“Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

–Martin Niemoller

Now see this “Special Comment” from Keith Olbermann:

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As Keith points out, the planned project is NOT A MOSQUE!  It’s a community center.  And it’s not at the Ground Zero site, it’s several blocks away.  It cannot be seen from the Ground Zero site, and you cannot see Ground Zero from the site of the proposed community center.  It will be built in a blighted, nearly abandoned neighborhood.  The building it will replace has sat vacant for nine years.  The surrounding storefronts are empty, long since deserted.

I doubt very much that 99.9999999999999% of the folks across the U.S. who are weighing in know ANYTHING about the area where this community center is to be built.  I doubt they understand that in NYC two blocks is the equivalent of 20 miles in most other places across the country.  That’s how quickly the nature and character of neighborhoods change in the ultra-densely packed urban jungle of New York.

Who is Newt Gingrich, or Sarah Palin, or Rush Limbaugh, or John Cornyn, or even Barack Obama to tell the residents of New York City what they can and cannot do with their own communities?  The majority of New Yorkers don’t seem to have a problem with it.  In fact, this community center might just serve to revitalize a desperate area of the city.  It will create jobs and possibly spur development around it.

Maybe it’s Newt Gingrich that’s an even bigger threat to our society than any of the above mentioned groups?  If we’re going to take away anyone’s right to free speech and freedom of religion, perhaps it should be his.

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2 comments so far

  1. Saladin on

    In Newt’s burgeoning bid to renew his so-called relevance, he’s beat the drum mighty hard to warn everyone about the dangers Muslims represent. I’m not disgusted by his (or Sarah’s or Rush, et al.) efforts to drum up anger and resentment. I’m horrified at how well it’s going.

  2. luckymee on

    Ground zero and the catastrophe that occurred on 9/11/01 belongs to ALL Americans. It may be in N.Y.C. but it is hallowed ground nonetheless. With that said,the Muslim community has every right to build a Mosque wherever they choose and can get the property. This issue is not about right, but about propriety and sensitivity. It is also about this particular Imam and his desire to impose sharia law in our country, his refusal to declare Hamas a terrorist group, and his radical statements after 911. People also want to know where the funding is coming from. We do not do business with terrorist states in this country. The governor of N.Y. offered up state owned land in Manhattan. If this Mosque is truly meant to heal and promote friendship and love, why not compromise?


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