The American Kafir

2010/07/17

Ground Zero Mosque – Daisy, Daisy, Give Us Your Answer Do…

Source: Family Security Matters

By The Family Security Matters Editor

A TV advertisement, which argues against the Ground Zero Mosque, has been refused an airing by two major American TV networks. The video can be seen below:

Entitled “Kill the Ground Zero Mosque”, the advertisement is the handiwork of a group called “The National Republican Trust Political Action Committee”, run by Scott L. Wheeler. The YouTube version of the advertisement has been seen by 100,000 people.

However, CBS and NBC have refused to show the advertisement on their TV networks.

The video of the commercial could be seen as emotive, but the issue of the Ground Zero Mosque has been emotive. The authorities – including the bizarre “Community Council” that approved the mosque plans – are either singularly lacking realistic emotions or they have no respect for the wounded emotions of those who had lost relatives on 9/11.

Daisy Khan is the Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), the group which plans to construct a mosque and 13-story Islamic center at the Burlington Coat Factory on Park Place. This building is so close to Ground Zero that the fuselage of one of the planes that flew into the Twin Towers fell onto the building and damaged it.

Daisy Khan said: “For us, it’s a symbol, a platform that will give voice to the silent majority of Muslims who suffer at the hands of extremists. A center will show that Muslims will be part of rebuilding lower Manhattan.”

If Daisy Khan and her husband really cared about the silent majority of Muslims who “suffer at the hands of extremists” then they would have signed the Freedom Pledge that was sent to them by the group “Former Muslims United” (FMU), which  includes apostates Amil Imani, Nonie Darwish, Mohammed Asghar, Ibn Warraq and Wafa Sultan.

In essence, the Freedom Pledge is about ensuring that Muslim groups in America support the democratic rights of Muslims to leave their faith without receiving any threats from other Muslims. As reported on Family Security Matters by Alyssa A. Lappen, Daisy Khan and her husband Feisal Abdul Rauf refused to sign the pledge.

Daisy Khan’s claim that the Ground Zero Mosque will give “voice to the silent majority of Muslims who suffer at the hands of extremists” becomes more curious. She does not seem to believe that Muslims who suffer at the hands of extremist Muslims should be defended or protected – if she had, she and her husband would have signed the Freedom Pledge.

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer were behind projects to put banner advertisements onto buses. These buses carried the message:  “Fatwa on your head? Is your family or community threatening you? Got Questions? Get Answers.”

In May this year, 30 buses in New York City carried the posters. Daisy Khan appears to have been offended by these posters. She has called Pamela Geller “ignorant…. of who our community is” and has denied that in New York or in any other American city that anyone would be harmed or threatened for leaving Islam. Khan said: “It is always hurtful when your entire community is always judged on the actions of a few.”

Khan said she believes in free speech but believes the advertisements are divisive, and along with their creator, are tasteless. “I think Pamela should take the time to find out there are 1.5 billion Muslims, the majority of whom have nothing to do with extremism.”

To quote Queen Gertrude in Hamlet, Act 3, scene 2: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

The statement made elsewhere by Daisy Khan in which she claims “extremists” have caused the “silent majority of Muslims” to suffer seems to have another meaning. The extremists have caused Muslims to suffer because ordinary Muslims have been targeted by non-Muslims, who then label all Muslims. Her claims that no Muslims in America would be at risk for leaving Islam seems to be based upon ignorance, denial or political dishonesty. Is this “taqiyya”?

In this edition of Family Security Matters, we have a story about Somalis arriving in large numbers in America. An upcoming link is something that you should follow only if you have a very strong stomach. I cannot watch the entire video, though I have seen the start, the middle and the end. Mansur Mohamed was a Muslim in Somalia who decided to change his religion from Islam to Christianity. In 2008, he was decapitated, following edicts written in the Koran and the Hadiths (see the documentation in Alyssa A. Lappen’s article). The video of Mansur’s beheading for becoming an apostate is here. It is barbaric. It is ghastly, but it is still “Islamic”, in the most literal sense. The prophet of Islam himself said that apostates should be killed.

Officially, as a direct consequence of Islamic tradition set out by the prophet Mohammed, the death penalty is a legal punishment for Muslim apostates in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, in 12 states in the north of Nigeria, in Yemen, Qatar, Sudan and Mauritania.

Most of these countries signed the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, where Article 18 states:

  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

The Hadith of Sahih Bukhari states (Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57):

according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”

And again in Bukhari’s collection of Hadiths, Volume 9, Book 83, Number 17:

Allah’s Apostle said, “The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims.”

Somalis are arriving in larger numbers than ever before, coming from a culture where Sharia law has been exercised in regions controlled by Sharia councils in 2006, and more recently by regions under the control of Al Shabaab. If Daisy Khan really does not think that any Muslim will be killed for leaving their faith in any American city, she is ignoring existing examples from Europe which has had a far larger concentration of Muslim immigrants, and where so-called honor killings related to Islam have happened in almost every European nation.

And in North America, honor killings appear to be getting worse. Last month the father and brother of a young Canadian woman were given life sentences for her murder, with no parole for 18 years. In December 2007, 16-year old Aqsa Parvez was strangled to death in her family home at Mississauga. Muhammed Parvez, aged 57 and her 26-year old brother Waqas, were arrested. They admitted killing Aqsa, for the “crime” of being too “Western”.

An Egyptian man called Yaser Abdel-Said who was living in Texas is still wanted by the FBI for the murder of his two daughters, Amina and Sarah, at their home in Irvine. The girls were murdered apparently for being too “Western” in their outlook.

The case of Riqfa Barry also involved alleged threats of death from her family against a young girl in Florida who converted to Christianity from Islam.

Daisy Khan should accept that people really are concerned about what Islam will bring into America. Denying that killing happens – when it does, throughout the Muslim world – is NOT an honest response to a problem. It is the response of a politician, not the response of a “spiritually honest” person.

Perhaps – after condemning the bus advertisement campaign of Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer – Daisy Khan could at least make a statement denouncing aspects of sharia law that call for the murder of apostates from Islam.

She and her husband, Feisal Abdul Rauf, could also do the decent thing and reassure New Yorkers by signing the Freedom Pledge. Failure to do so only proves that the mosque leaders have an agenda only to “advance” Islam, and that they have no respect for the feelings and sensitivities of non-Muslims.

If a Ground Zero Mosque goes ahead, even though it is an obvious affront and insult to the lives of those who lives were destroyed on 9/11, it is vitally important that those who are building such a mosque are honest, and do not engage in religious “politics”. If they believe that they are providing some spiritual healing to the region, they must act accordingly, and not dissemble and act as political fronts. They should also be entirely clear as to the exact sources of their funds.

Anything less than full financial disclosure and a complete repudiation of any sharia laws that contradict the basic rights of Americans (as contained in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights) will show that Daisy Khan and Feisal Abdul Rauf’s intentions with this Ground Zero Mosque are not honorable, and certainly not American.

It is a simple question – “Do you uphold the values of the American Constitution and its definitions of freedom of religious conscience over the capital punishments of Sharia law?”

Daisy Khan and Feisal Abdul Rauf have hitherto avoided answering this important question or gone on the offensive and attacked those who question their intentions.

If ASMA cannot reassure its critics that it cherishes Americanism above the more barbaric practices of Sharia law, every decent American should campaign to have the Ground Zero Mosque banned.

The Editor, FamilySecurityMatters.org

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