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Greenfield: Omar Rivera Urinates on the Wall of the Steinway Street Mosque
Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, September 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 09/15/2013 4:50:02 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Omar Rivera Urinates on the Wall of the Steinway Street Mosque

Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog

On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the principal at the Concord-Carlisle High School in a Boston suburb substituted a Muslim Anti-American poem for the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to Principal Peter Badalament, he chose to read Mohja Kahf’s poem, “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears” in which her grandmother argues with American women at Sears about washing her feet in their sink, to emphasize "cross-cultural understanding rather than unsettling words and images associated with the event”

The poem which contains the exchange...

“You can’t do that,” one of the women protests,
turning to me, “Tell her she can’t do that.”
“We wash our feet five times a day,”
my grandmother declares hotly in Arabic.
“My feet are cleaner than their sink.
Worried about their sink, are they? I
should worry about my feet!”

...is about American intolerance

As my own contribution to cross-cultural understanding, I would like to offer this poem based on true events that occured in 2010.

It can be read for Ramadan or any other Muslim occasions when any words and images dealing with the actual event would be unsettling.

I hope it leads to a great deal of cross-cultural understanding


Omar Rivera Urinates on the Wall of the Steinway Street Mosque

With his eyes on the moon,
Omar Rivera stumbles down
Steinway Street
hearing the music
of his dead sister dancing
in between the bodegas

In the Al-Iman Mosque,
the men have washed their hands
up to the wrists
cleaned their nostrils with water
wiped their wet hands over their dirty socks
in the sink

Henry Steinway, the piano man, once
donated an organ
to the Astoria church
that bears his name
on Steinway Street
but there are mosques here now
and they take no requests

In Al-Iman they cry the Adhan
the loudspeaker breaks it up
into static
like the call of the Q Train
on the elevated subway tracks
of Astoria Boulevard

Omar Rivera has ridden the Q
and the N
the J and the M
the A and the D
and the F and the V
out of money he walks
to the bitter music
of the new Astoria

In the mosque they cry Allahu Akbar
and on Steinway Street
on a five-day drunk
weeping for his sister
weeping for all the things
he can't remember
he cries a woman's name

He halts outside
a cheap boutique
covered in glittering tile
and carved doors
and he follows nature's call
not reading where it says
Al-Iman Mosque

Later they will say he
burst into the mosque
and shouted, "Terrorists".
They will say that he cursed at everyone
threw a beer bottle at their heads
gave them the middle finger
and peed
all over their prayer rugs

Omar does not know much
of Islam and less of their
prayer rugs
and if he hummed
Me Enamore
while inside they shouted
Muhammadar Rasul Allah
his prayer was least
as sincere
as theirs

A late arrival sees him
and screams
Allahu Akbar
inside they shout Allahu Akbar
bewildered, Omar shouts
Olly Olly Oxen Free
as they tackle him
still urinating

My sister is dead, he tells
the scowling Egyptian men
holding him
for the police
and they tell the police
he shouted
anti-Muslim slurs

The media weary of
replaying the story of a drunk
who stabbed a Muslim cabbie
and sat down on the sidewalk
finds another drunken
Islamophobic menace
to test its tolerance
against

"You're famous," a cop tells Omar.
"The Mayor is talking  about
you on the radio."
"Why?"
"Because you urinated
in a mosque."
"I wasn't in no mosque," he protests.
"Tell it to the Mayor."

Later his mother brings him the papers.
"Omar the Carpet-Unmaker", the
New York Post calls him.
The Daily News says that he represents
everything wrong
with the city.
"Couldn't you have gone
somewhere nicer?"
she asks.

"Drunk Shouts, "Terrorists",
Urinates on Mosque Rugs"
NBC News reports and
interviews
an FBI Special Agent
Burying the lead,
FOX headlines it,
"Drunk Man Screams Anti-Muslim Slurs
Urinates in Mosque"

"Another Brazen Anti-Muslim Incident"
cries the Huffington Post
and Omar Rivera
who had gone where so many
had gone before
just cries, bewildered
as the mosque raises money
to replace the prayer rugs

Press conferences come
and condemnations
Bloomberg gets
involved
ISNA holds an Interfaith Summit
warning of a tide of violence
when the only tide was
Omar's watered down Cerveza
on the glittery tile of Al-Iman

Islamophobiawatch features it.
"This is a true hate crime,"
says a Mosquegoer
"Without a significant response,"
says Faiza Ali, CAIR spokesman
"this disturbing trend will
continue to grow."
Meanwhile the Al-Iman website
claims the Jews invented AIDS

A woman who hates Israel
and calls herself a Rabbi
raises $1,180
from across America
for new prayer rugs
and Al-Iman kindly gives
her AIDS invention
the benefit
of the doubt

Against the bars of Bellevue
Omar presses his face
watching the rush of traffic
on the FDR Drive
and waiting for his head
to be shrunk
out of its unintentionally
Islamophobic proportions

Outside, prosecutors eager to
prosecute
Omar
fill their notes
with quotes from Jefferson
and Franklin on tolerance
and wait for CNN to call,
to snack on the peanuts
of ABC News' Green Room

But in Astoria, Queens
a big bluff cop
O'Brien, O'Malley
or even Henriquez
who watched Omar
crying in his handcuffs
for his sister
chases down the truth

The Imam of Al-Iman
curses Kuffar
the mosquegoers mutter
Kalb ibn Kalb
and Shatain
as he compares their
statements in his
notepad

Henriquez scribbles
filling white pages
and striking out lies
soon there is no shout of
terrorist
no mosque invasion
no cursing
no tide of violence
no prayer rugs
only a drunk outside a mosque

Up go the notes
prosecutors curse
deputy mayors grit their teeth
tolerance commissioners suggest
going ahead anyway
Bloomberg squints as if chewing on
a sour lemon
and cancels the interfaith
press conference

That night, bewildered and free
Omar Rivera roams Astoria
In Al-Iman, the mosquegoers
flush with $1,180 in infidel cash
rub their dirty socks in the sink
and mutter of the Dar Al-Harb
and the dirty Kuffar

And beneath a crescent moon,
Omar Rivera sips a beer
and hears the Adhan
beneath the elevated tracks
a faint memory stirs
loosing his bladder
he cries Allahu Akbar
and his prayer is answered


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1 posted on 09/15/2013 4:50:02 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell
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To: Louis Foxwell

Excellent!

Someone could easily write a Zimmerman version.


2 posted on 09/15/2013 4:56:39 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: arasina; daisy mae for the usa; AdvisorB; wizardoz; free-in-nyc; Vendome; Georgia Girl 2; ...

I remember when I was accused of seeing
through rose colored glasses.

Today the world is told to peer at itself
through lenses twisted into moral convulsions.

When all we want to do is engage
in a pissoral event against a smelly wall.

Ever been to Paris?


3 posted on 09/15/2013 4:57:00 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Someone needs to write a poem about muslim tolerance.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 5:04:29 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Louis Foxwell

5 posted on 09/15/2013 5:08:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Louis Foxwell

And with a name like Omar, too.

funny story. My Godmothers husband had a brother named Turk
he was a Major League pitcher...played for Cubs and White Sox. ‘Turk’ Lown was his moniker.

looked him up recently...his real first name was Omar...Omar Lown. then I got it.

ps. Omar Bradley was known as Brad to his contemporaries.

pps. Virgil “The Turk” Sollozzo it is said that he got his nickname because he has a nose like a Turkish scimitar.


6 posted on 09/15/2013 5:25:15 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
...The day they lay you away, what I'll do on your grave won't pass for flowers...

Carson City Marshal Walter Thibido to JB Books...”The Shootist”

7 posted on 09/15/2013 5:29:16 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

8 posted on 09/15/2013 5:29:29 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: NonValueAdded

arguably the best ‘Who’ album ever. I have it in vinyl, CD and MP3

I have a section of ‘Behind Blue eyes’ as my ring tone.

and ‘Wont Be Fooled Again’ should be the FReeper cry for every election season. followed by “here comes the new boss, same as the old boss”


9 posted on 09/15/2013 5:46:09 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Wow! Omar “Turk” Lown! I remember having several Topps Turk Lown’s baseball cards in the 50s. The market for guys like Lown was flooded. But try finding a Musial or a Mays? Forget about it.


10 posted on 09/15/2013 5:50:23 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax
yeah Turk was definitely a bicycle spoke card....vroom vroom.

I grew up in the Bronx. When Turk became a White Sox, and they were in town, I often got tickets right behind the visiting teams dugout, down the 3rd base line. great seats...put your feet up on the dugout seats. I would walk with my Godmothers daughter, who was my age to the bullpen and talk with ‘Uncle Turk’. but later, mostly, by myself, I walked behind the Yankee dugout and drank in the visage of Mickey, Yogi, Whitey, Roger, Elston, Moose, Tony, Bobby, Gil, Enos, all led by Casey...and the rest.

11 posted on 09/15/2013 6:01:34 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Why are these people in our country? Why are the people in charge of that school still in charge?


12 posted on 09/15/2013 6:11:20 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Ax

ps. I got a 1956 Cubs team ball from my Godmother for my birthday. it included Turk Lown and Ernie Banks,’Mr. Cubs’ ‘Lets Play Two’... the whole cubs team

when I moved out of my parents house my kid brother played baseball with it. all gone. nothin’ left but genuine horsehide.


13 posted on 09/15/2013 6:12:58 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Those were the days. My posse and I did the same thing at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, with our Tigers heros. Old story: I had a couple of shoeboxes of cards, not just baseball, but Korean War cards, boxing champions, the Lions, and into the trash they went when I was in boot camp.


14 posted on 09/15/2013 6:20:23 AM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

I had a supply of baseball cards...and an even greater supply of now valuable comic books.

all thrown out when I left home, by Mom.


15 posted on 09/15/2013 6:26:55 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Islam is a cult of pedophilia aimed at male and female children, infested with homosexuality and extreme misogyny.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 6:35:15 AM PDT by em2vn
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To: Vaquero

Too bad. You should take care of your own stuff.

Wintertime ( a mom)


17 posted on 09/15/2013 6:43:57 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Louis Foxwell

“It goes without saying, that in Arab cultures putting your feet on something is an act of asserting superiority and supremacy. Hence all the shoe throwing.” ( from the article)
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

I am offended when I see photos of Obama putting his feet on the White House desk, the Resolute Desk.


18 posted on 09/15/2013 6:54:30 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Louis Foxwell

Where is the outrage from all those “good” teachers that everyone seems to know? /s

Answer: SILENCE

Answer: There are no good government teachers.


19 posted on 09/15/2013 6:56:01 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Louis Foxwell

A fine poem. Thanks for posting.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 6:56:20 AM PDT by Marylander
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To: metmom

Another Reason to Homeschool


21 posted on 09/15/2013 6:56:36 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Ah a “mom”.

Nuff said.


22 posted on 09/15/2013 8:04:05 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Omar Rivera Urinates on the Wall of the Steinway Street Mosque

and for his next performance...

Omar Rivera Urinates on the Moustache of Geraldo Rivera


23 posted on 09/15/2013 9:37:36 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Louis Foxwell

Have I ever been to Paris?

LOL

My not dejour is based on “Place Vendome”.


24 posted on 09/15/2013 9:50:12 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vaquero

Agreed, fantastic album.

“here comes the new boss, same as the old boss”

and in the news, Jeb gives a medal to Hillary

a pox on them all!


25 posted on 09/15/2013 10:21:33 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Henceforth, the Office of the President shall be known as IMPOTUS)
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To: Vaquero
...The day they lay you away, what I'll do on your grave won't pass for flowers..

During the Kennedy heyday, one Irishman wasn't impressed with the "Camelot" charade and after the news broke that Jack had betrayed Jackie and bedded Marilyn Monroe, one lad wrote him that when Jack passed on, would he mind if a quart of good Irish whiskey was poured on Kennedy's grave - "after it was filtered through me kidneys". The press went nuts, the anti-Kennedy's ROFLd all over the place.

26 posted on 09/15/2013 12:19:30 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka
During the Kennedy heyday, one Irishman wasn't impressed with the “Camelot” charade and after the news broke that Jack had betrayed Jackie and bedded Marilyn Monroe, one lad wrote him that when Jack passed on, would he mind if a quart of good Irish whiskey was poured on Kennedy's grave - “after it was filtered through me kidneys”. The press went nuts, the anti-Kennedy’s ROFLd all over the place.

And yet in 2013, there isn't a politician in either party with the possible exception of Sarah Palin or Ted Cruz, who comes close to being as conservative as JFK was....and that is just too damn sad.

27 posted on 09/15/2013 1:39:32 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vendome

A central location for many of the pisorals of Paris, no doubt, based on its ancestry.


28 posted on 09/15/2013 5:50:02 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Deserves the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.


29 posted on 09/16/2013 1:44:59 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Louis Foxwell

As I perched
on the narrow passenger-side step
of my SUV, panties down,
hidden by the opened car doors and
angle of my parking on the shoulder
of the superhighway,
forty-five minutes into
an unmoving traffic jam,
I learned that my urgent,
coffee-driven stream
could still be detected when
another motorist called out,
“You go, girl!”


30 posted on 09/16/2013 1:53:22 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Vaquero
‘Wont Be Fooled Again’ should be the FReeper cry for every election season.

It may be one of the main reasons I watched "CSI: Miami."

31 posted on 09/16/2013 1:55:40 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Albion Wilde

Watched first few episodes of the original csi. Don’t know about the Miami one. Did they use that song?


32 posted on 09/16/2013 3:54:01 PM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero
Watched first few episodes of the original csi. Don’t know about the Miami one. Did they use that song?

Opening and closing theme song -- watch this. Awesome! I've started to see CSI Miami on cable reruns lately -- you might enjoy a few episodes.

Also, the CSI New York show (now canceled) with Gary Sinise in the lead role used Baba O'Riley ("it's only teenage wasteland").

33 posted on 09/17/2013 8:11:15 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Albion Wilde

more of a Hell On Wheels/Burn Notice/The Americans kind of guy.


34 posted on 09/17/2013 8:40:34 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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