Skip to comments.They won't build it! Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero
Posted on 08/20/2010 5:59:26 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.
"It's a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground," said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
"I wouldn't work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11," Kaiser said.
The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the "Hard Hat Pledge" on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.
"Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country," said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. "People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there."
"Hopefully, this will be a tool to get them to move it," he said. "I got a problem with this ostentatious building looming over Ground Zero."
A planned 13-story community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, Park51 has exploded into a national debate.
Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers' Association, said unions have not yet taken a "formal position" on Park51, but he understands why members would be hesitant to work there.
"It's a very difficult dilemma for the contractors and the organized labor force because we are experiencing such high levels of unemployment," he said. "Yet at the same time, this is a very sacred sight to the union guys."
"There were construction workers killed on 9/11 and many more who got horribly sick cleaning up Ground Zero," Coletti said. "It's very emotional."
L.V. Spina, a Manhattan construction worker who created anti-mosque stickers that some workers are slapping on their hardhats, said he would "rather pick cans and bottles out of trash cans" than build the Islamic center near Ground Zero.
"But if they moved it somewhere else, we would put up a prime building for these people," he said. "Hell, you could do it next to my house in Rockaway Beach, I would be fine with it. But I'm not fine with it where blood has been spilled."
Spina, who sells 9/11 apparel on his website, said he's printed thousands of stickers and plans to produce thousands more.
"They're going all over the country," he said. "They got pretty popular fast."
Popularity aside, there are some construction workers choosing not to set themselves against the project.
"Hundreds of guys here are wearing stickers as a sign of protest, but I'm on the fence about it," said Frank Langan, 50, a site superintendent from Queens working at Ground Zero.
"It's a tough debate," he said. "I sympathize with workers' position, but at the same time, you can't single out all Muslims because of a small number of terrorists."
They’ll just hire the illegals who do the work Americans won’t do, if they’ll convert! You can’t have an Infidel engineeer, architect, or workman befouling your holy mosque, can you?
That would be a good name for it: the Abomination of Desolation Mosque.
From what I have been reading, the construction workers are at 23% unemployment.
There are strict rules too. If you don’t work 500 hours you lose your benefits.
Things are very bad, despite the shovel ready bull that was shovelled at us to make the stimulus more acceptable.
76 24 0 no change after thirty minutes!
Good! If muslims want it, they should build it themselves and not expect other *religions* to build it for them. Oh, and they should fund it themselves....Better yet, they should build it in their own country.
The NY Daily News poll (running as a sidebar to this thread’s article) made me laugh out loud. Better chance of having 76% of America think the Detroit Lions will go 16-0 and win the Superbowl this season. No way three-quarters of Americans—or New Yorkers, for that matter—are fine with this 9-11 Islamic Terrorist Victory Mosque at Ground Zero.
Now, 76% of those responding -thus far- may have said that. The poll does not display the number of respondents. A handful of early-arriving community organizer types with their marching orders probably skewed the poll. Or, the site may have a glitch in the software that tallies the responses. But no way, no-how, do these results in any way reflect reality. Way too many other polls and evidence to the contrary.
Nail/head. Yep, they'll jump right on it.
Yeah...my first reaction, too. I sympathize with the need for more work, but putting Islamderthals ahead of patriotism isn’t going down well in the union hall.
Of course they will do what the unions tell them to do.
Pray for America
no, NY is a closed shop.
Ozero will have to send in the corps of engineers or in his word, corpse.
Work on it ... just every day bring in a can of bacon grease and spread it around the place.
Work on it ... just every day bring in a can of bacon grease and spread it around the place.
A packet of bacon bits in every batch of concrete, that's all I ask.
This is not about religious freedom, there are already mosques in downtown Manhattan. This is about sensitivity to the surviving victims of 9/11 and who decides how this sacred spot will be commemorated. Will it be Americans and the families of the 9/11 victims, or by foreign born nationals, defenders of Hamas, who are using Saudi money to build this unwanted “shrine”. It is more than a little presumptuous of these Muslims to demand that we accept their shrine for American victims when the terrorists who did this acted in the name of the very same Islam; why is it so difficult to ask for a little sensitivity from our Muslim brothers to stop accusing our victims of bigotry and intolerance and perhaps show some toleration of their own.
I find it repulsive to be lectured about toleration from Islamist propagandists. When one million Christians in Saudi Arabia cannot publicly practice their religion under pain of flogging and jail, I am dumbfounded by the hypocrisy. When they stone women for adultery, mutilate females, engage in honor killings, stab film makers to death, throw homosexuals off buildings, treat women like animals, refuse to educate girls and sell non Muslim black Africans into slavery - I am confused, where is the “brotherhood”, where is the gentleness of Islam these proponents tell us about. Where are their cultural center shrines for those victims? Can they clean their own house before they demand to clean ours?
They see the speck in our eye but fail to see the beam in their own.
Go to Saudi Arabia and with this Hamas money begin to build churches for the foreign born Christians who are working there - do that and we will start to believe you are serious about “brotherhood”.
I am also tired of the excuse of “don’t lump all Muslims together” which is very convenient when it is used to excuse the wanton murder of Christians, Jews and Hindus in a number of countries. By the time they are finished excluding all the “bad” Muslims, there may be none left to wallow in moderation. The fact remains, the so-called unicorn-like ‘moderate’ Muslim is afraid to speak out against these heinous crimes perpetuated in the name of Islam, and that collective cowardice forfeits the high moral ground in calling the living victims of 9/11 intolerant bigots. They have yet to earn the right to say anything about our alleged intolerance when Muslims have practiced bigoted murder in every country they reside, and the ‘moderates’ remain silent.
It is so much easier for their purposes to attack the “intolerant and bigoted” West than it is to look inward at their own hideous practices and attempt to change that ocean of toxic waste.
From within their mosques they have planned the violent overthrown of their host nations. From Finsbury in England, to Hamburg, Germany to the Al Farooq Mosque in Brooklyn to the mosque in Jersey City where the first World Trade Center bombing was planned - unfortunately they will continue to be places where violent overthrow is conceived and carried out. We have had the Lackawanna Six, the Fort Dix murder attempt, the Ft. Hood Shootings, the Christmas Day jetliner bombing that almost was, the Times Square bombing that almost was, the Detroit Sleeper Cell with the planned attack on Disney Land, and the bombings in the London Underground and the rail bombings in Spain, the hotel murders in Mumbai and many more. Islam does not seem to be listening to its ‘moderates’ at all and we must therefore live with a violent and arrogant Islam in our midst, while we are lectured by their so-called moderates who don’t have the guts to shout their murderous radicals down. Most likely because the moderates are so greatly outnumbered.
Islam can only cure itself, and the radicals are in complete control, so with the combination of the paucity of moderates, their general cowardice and their utter futility in making change, the West has to fight this unholy scourge alone.
Wait until they try to get construction supplies and delivery. Nothing moves in NYC without union approval.
Great minds think alike. I would like to see someone come out with a line of hand cream, based in lard. Muzzies will have a hard time entering any building or conveyance.
Construction in NYC costs a lot of money just to get the building inspectors out there. No $$ and it can take forever to get them to the site.
Depends, how bad do they want that pension?
Nobody gets to destroy our country but us! - union spokeman
Don’t build it and they won’t come!
I would LOVE to see the imam and Holder go after them. Blood in the streets.
BULLSTEIN!!! Hussein will call his union cronies, they will issue directives to their under-bosses who will inform union workers that they will either BUILD or be removed from union roles. In a non right to work state, that equals UNEMPLOYMENT.
Cool. Its good to see that sort of grass-roots patriotism.
I just went and voted on the “poll” and in the 2.5+ hours since the article was posted on FR the poll outcome hasn’t changed. SHOCKER!
It’s still 76% for, 24% against. So basically it’s a B.S. biased leftist polling because even if there’s a “glitch” they’re going to be quoting it.
If the memberships refuses to work there isn’t a lot the union can do about it but throw their hands up.
They can’t do that unless they want every union in NYC to declare war.I doubt if any of them would admit foreign workers into the unions when unemployment is high.
“One never knows, do one!”
This mosque should be built on the highest point in NYC..The Athur Kill Dump!
Love, truth and life shall overcome them. Choose The Word made flesh. Choose to be in the Body Of Christ. This is end times my friends. Praise God.
Sept 11, 2015 is a Friday , the muslim “holy” day. Would be awful if while reading the names at Ground Zero (if we even still have ceremonies then) the muslim call to prayer is heard too.
All it will take to stop this is for every concrete company within 100 miles to refuse to sell them concrete. Thats it. They can always import labor to build their building, but they cant import concrete.
If this project goes through, you can bet that the concrete poured there is going to have lard, bacon bits and dog sh!t mixed into it. Let the muzzies reflect on that while raising their butts to allah.