Skip to comments.The Man Who Would Stop the Ground Zero Mosque
Posted on 07/25/2010 4:00:42 AM PDT by Scanian
When was the last time you heard a politician talking like Carl Paladino?
Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for Governor of New York, has come out against the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero.
"As Governor," Paladino said Wednesday in a radio ad, "I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument to those who attacked our country."
I like this guy. I really like this guy. If the Supreme Court could rule, in the notorious 2005 decision Kelo v. City of New London, that the government could seize private property for a private developer and then never develop the property, surely Americans should be able to use eminent domain to designate the Burlington Coat Factory building a war memorial.
That building is a war memorial since part of one of the 9/11 airplanes crashed into it, causing severe damage. That makes the building a war memorial, no less than Gettysburg or Pearl Harbor. There should be no mosque there, and nothing there but a memorial to the people that America lost to that heinous Islamic jihad attack on September 11, 2001.
Instead of a mega-mosque at Ground Zero, we should build on that site a museum dedicated to the 9/11 victims. That will give us the opportunity to redress yet another insult: the current plan for a 9/11 museum is several floors underground, like a dungeon. In contrast, the plan for the "Islamic center" at the Burlington Coat Factory site calls for the mosque to be on the top floor of a thirteen- or fifteen-story building, looking down triumphantly on the burial ground of Ground Zero.
I don't think so.
The Burlington Coat Factory building must be designated a war memorial, a historic landmark. It is part of American history. To do anything less would be sacrilege, let alone build a 15-story mosque. And so far only Carl Paladino has the guts to say so. Three thousand good and decent Americans did not die in vain on September 11, 2001. And we have not forgotten them, even if Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and the rest of the New York political establishment have. The fact that they ignore the historical significance of the building is outrageous, and disrespects the victims of 9/11.
"I've been driving land-use issues for 40 years," says Paladino, "and I understand the full powers of the governor. If the ACLU or anyone else wants to challenge me in court, I'm ready for the fight."
I like his moxie. Not surprisingly, his Democrat opponent Andrew Cuomo is for the mosque. Paladino explains: "Andrew Cuomo supports the mosque. He says it is about religious freedom and he says the mosque construction should proceed."
Didn't New York suffer enough under Cuomo statism during the gubernatorial reign of Andrew's father Mario Cuomo? Enough with these political dynasties. Paladino knows that the issue of the Ground Zero mega-mosque isn't about religious freedom at all: "I say it is disrespectful to the thousands who died on 9-11 and their families, insulting to the thousands of troops who've been killed or injured in the ensuing wars and an affront to American people. And it must be stopped."
Paladino explains why it should be stopped, too. Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an open proponent of Sharia, Islamic law, a system that denies free speech and the legal equality of all people. Paladino knows what Sharia, Islamic law, involves -- and the implications of Rauf's open support for Sharia. Paladino said: "There is little to no democracy in the Middle East other than Israel. The Islamic fundamentalists are Fascists -- women have limited rights, there is no free speech or freedom of expression, and citizens are subject to the often barbaric Sharia Law. I oppose a mosque near the site of Ground Zero, not because of race, but because of the ideology of the Islamic fundamentalists."
Do you really want that ideology taught at a mega-mosque in lower Manhattan? If this mosque is built, it will be a lasting blemish on the record of Mayor Bloomberg and all the other politicians who supported it. History will judge them harshly. Very harshly.
When was the last time you heard a politician talking like Carl Paladino? Outside of Sarah Palin, that is.
Let's elect real people who understand real problems, and are unafraid to address real issues. Paladino for Governor.
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Obviously, I need more coffee this AM.
How about the New Jersey governor Chris Christie?
P.S. (Hit “return” too quickly) If this man holds up to his campaign promises, I hope he gets in. There should be NO mosque built on or near the grounds of the Twin Towers. He has it exactly right about it being a slap in the face to the ones who died there, their families, the men and women who have died in the resulting wars, and to all of America.
The mosque would be a scalp on a lodge pole for Muslims.
To hell with that.
This whole idea just makes me sick.
For a mosque to be built there is the same to me as planting the flag of your country on land taken after a battle. It’s a sign of victory.
I’ll never forget watching on live television those poor, innocent souls jumping out of the windows to their deaths below to avoid a more hellish death from the flames.
A mosque built there would be a monument of tribute to the same bastards who killed thousands of people just going to work to try and make a living for themselves.
The traitor politicians who support this need to be voted out and be handed shovels to dig for a monument to the victims, and the brave cops, firefighters, first aid people, and the volunteers who gave their lives to save others.
Americans, on the other hand, are myopically unaware of the program of death and destruction that Muslims have in store for us!
What they really want are the residents of the new Freedom Tower to hear the Muslim “call to prayer” 5X per day. So much for freedom.
Those who do not understand this are either extremely stupid or craven cowards. Some groups - politicians - can be both at the same time. Ask yourself "Why are churches, cathedrals and synagogues NOT ALLOWED in Saudi Arabia" (and it is not because our beloved allie, the Saudis might be offended).
“The mosque would be a scalp on a lodge pole for Muslims.”
There is a name for this, but I can’t remember what it is. The western tribes would TOUCH the enemy, but not necessarily kill him. They thought this was braver than actually killing him.
Someone else pointed out that it is an obvious insult since it is a terrible location for a house of Worship for any religion. No-one lives there or nearby. Who really wants to "commute" to Church? Of course the only intent is symbolic and insulting.
Christie seems to stick mainly to fiscal issues. I haven’t heard him say much about social matters.
I’ve held the opinion (for what its worth) that the Twin Towers should have been rebuilt immediately and made taller by ten stories or so. A kind of in-your-face type approach.
Probably not but I’m sure that Spain would be delighted to send over a gang of theirs since they have been doing the dirty work over there for years—and causing most of the social problems as well.
Should this mosque be built I would expect that it would routinely be defiled. If there were a fire in the mosque I would not expect NY Firefighters to be in any hurry to get there nor to risk their lives to save it.
“”obviously they are aware of our freedom agenda.””
All foreigners up to no good in our country make that their priority. Too bad our own citizens don’t understand that. Those in DC do but they don’t care!
I think the phrase is “counting coup”.
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