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Taxpayers fund Islamic center Prayer building on Marine base not really mosque, officials say
WorldNetDaily ^ | August 16, 2006

Posted on 08/16/2006 2:27:24 AM PDT by Man50D

An announcement that the U.S. Marine base at Quantico, Va., has refurbished a building to be used as a prayer room for Muslim soldiers and civilians on base is a "bad signal," one critic has concluded.

The Marines announced earlier this summer that one of the buildings on the base had been repainted so that Muslims would have a place to pray and hold religious services

The new "Islamic Prayer Center" is the first of its kind on a Marine base, and "serves to express the Marine Corps' recognition of diversity among service members and the commitment to provide continued support to all Marines regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender," the base announcement said.

However, Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer said he wonders why the Marines do not seem concerned such facilities might to used to generate anti-American sympathies.

It's going to go up as part of a testament to American multiculturalism and so on without any indication of the possibility that this could be a source of what we're fighting against," he said. "It just sends a bad signal."

At the dedication ceremony, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised the estimated 4,000 Muslims in the U.S. military. Joining him were leaders of the Council on American Islamic Relations.

CAIR describes itself as America's largest Muslim civil liberties group and boasts 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission, it says, is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

However, CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association for Palestine, identified by two former FBI counterterrorism chiefs as a "front group" for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Several CAIR leaders have been convicted on terror-related charges.

"It is sadly ironic and lost on most that the plan to dedicate the prayer center and build a new mosque was approved by military leaders occupying a building that was attacked on 9/11 – the Pentagon – where more than 100 of its occupants were killed on that day," was the conclusion of those at Homelandsecurityus.com, a private security organization.

Stars and Stripes estimates there are 426 Muslims in the Marine Corps, and a maximum of 24 at Quantico.

The Muslim leader who worked on the project was Navy Lt. Abuhena Mohammed Saifulislam, described as a self-proclaimed Sunni Muslim who worked for awhile at Guantanamo, lobbying the Pentagon to issue prisoners prayer rugs.

The U.S., said another critic, Paul Sperry, "is giving him a permanent, taxpayer-supported platform from which to convert grunts to Islam. With the Quantico Mosque, the Pentagon is facilitating the study of the holy text the enemy uses, heretically or not, as their manual for war."

Sperry is a Hoover Institution media fellow and authored "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington."

Another critical website, andrightlyso, notes that Saifulislam studied at a school in Virginia that was raided by federal agents after Sept. 11, 2001, and one of his mentors was identified as Taha Jaber Al-Alwani, who was alleged to give $50,000 to support suicide bombings.

Sperry, in FrontPageMagazine, said, "We are at war with militant Islam, but you wouldn't know it from the Pentagon, which is busy erecting a shrine to Islam."

Base spokeswoman Capt. Teresa Ovalle told WorldNetDaily that each religion gets its own place to worship on the military post, and since the chapel that already was being used wasn't large enough, officials prepared the extra building for the Muslims.

"We threw some new paint on it. Once we expand the chapel area, they will be able to use the chapel like everyone else," she said.

She said the additional building plans are scheduled to happen probably in 2007.

She described the availability of the building as good for the base, and didn't understand all of the resistance that has been voiced.

The dedication ceremony included a recitation from the Quran by Saifulislam, Quantico’s Muslim chaplain, in Arabic and English.

England said Muslim Americans have been serving in the armed forces since World War I and later helped unveil an Arabic plaque that says, "In the name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: muslimtroops; quantico; usmc

1 posted on 08/16/2006 2:27:26 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

Well, the Muzzies shouldn't be getting any special treatment, there are no prayer halls for the Christians or Jews.


2 posted on 08/16/2006 2:31:32 AM PDT by Hong Kong Expat
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To: Man50D

The socilaists would be screaming separation of church and state if the Marines were building a church.


3 posted on 08/16/2006 2:37:28 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , You earn it . You keep it!)
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To: Man50D
...."serves to express the Marine Corps' recognition of diversity among service members...."

I remember the good old days when there was NO diversity in the USMC:

They were American Marines. First, second and last.

Anything else they might be was put into storage when they enlisted or Commissioned.... Maybe you could fool around with it while on leave, and after you get out, you could take it up again full time, but in the interim, you were a Marine and that is all that counted.

4 posted on 08/16/2006 2:39:06 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Man50D

Allowing Muslims in our armed forces seems sort of like letting a fox spend the night in the hen house to me. Maybe I have a bad attitude where they are concerned.


5 posted on 08/16/2006 2:42:05 AM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: Man50D
"It's going to go up as part of a testament to American multiculturalism and so on without any indication of the possibility that this could be a source of what we're fighting against," he said. "It just sends a bad signal."

Our forefathers recognized the hand of divine providence in winning the American Revolution. To erect a shrine to Islam, is an affront to the God who helped found and protect our country. It's the signal to the almighty that we should be the most worried about.

6 posted on 08/16/2006 2:44:54 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Man50D

Hmmm...a "mosquette" here...seriously..allowing a member of the Corps to pray 5x daily while on active duty seems a classic Church-state conflict...where's the ACLU when you need 'em!!


7 posted on 08/16/2006 3:02:09 AM PDT by mo
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Not one cent should go to fund a mosque....no money is used to fund churches or synagogues...the aclu would go balistic...as for mosques...why fund a religion hell bent on destroying America and its way of life....almost all mosques foment terror and support islam first..the first allegience of these people is to imams of the mideast and not to the USA!


8 posted on 08/16/2006 3:02:38 AM PDT by hnj_00
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Not one cent should go to fund a mosque....no money is used to fund churches or synagogues...the aclu would go balistic...as for mosques...why fund a religion hell bent on destroying America and its way of life....almost all mosques foment terror and support islam first..the first allegience of these people is to imams of the mideast and not to the USA!


9 posted on 08/16/2006 3:02:59 AM PDT by hnj_00
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To: Hong Kong Expat
Well, the Muzzies shouldn't be getting any special treatment, there are no prayer halls for the Christians or Jews.

While I don't think that my Marine Corps should be embracing the death cult called islam, your statement is not entirely correct. Every Marine Corps base, or station, has a chapel. Don't know know about synagogues, though.

10 posted on 08/16/2006 4:02:02 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Turbo Pig

I don't know about Marines but in the '60s us Army grunts had our religious needs cared for carefully regardless of religion. A multi-use (including Jewish) chapel was the closest building to my basic training Company area. A Protestant Chaplain was assigned full-time to this chapel. Other religious leaders would hold services every appropriate day (Sat or Sun).

Oh, yeah, I forgot about the single Russian Orthodox soldier in my Company. The 1st Sgt simply had to tell him he was SOL.

We had no muzzies but I suspect the 1st Sgt would have had the same message for them at that time.


11 posted on 08/16/2006 4:55:13 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: Melinda in TN

No bad attitude. You are perfectly right.


12 posted on 08/16/2006 5:24:02 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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