By Jack Engelhard
First they came for our Twin Towers. Now they come to build upon the ruins.
The New York skyline has always been the symbol of American power. This, then, is the prize. Imagine our skyline dominated by a grand mosque.
A minaret is to rise from the ashes.
This is intended to be the ultimate sign of American submission and Islamic superiority.
Shades of Jerusalem, where you will find no Temple on the Temple Mount, but two mosques, al-Aqsa and Dome of the Rock.
Around the world, down goes another church and synagogue; up goes another minaret.
Today we learn that German authorities have shut down the Taiba mosque in Hamburg because – surprise! – there is still terrorism going on.
(That’s where the 9/11 plotters hatched the deed.)
This was reported in The New York Times, so once in a while even the Times can’t help but tell the truth. In fact, on August 7 the Times carried a front page story headlined “Battles Around the Nation over Proposed Mosques.” The featured image was about a rally in Temecula, California, which showed a woman carrying a placard reading, “Mosques are a monument to terrorism.”
For true Muslims, the millions who have no designs except to live among us as friends and neighbors, this is another hijacking of their faith, from within.
Time to get up and say — not in my name!
Why not spend that $100 million for an interfaith house of worship – Christian, Jewish, Muslim?
Those who object to this mosque are summarily called bigots. We are told to hush and play ball and to renounce our rights to speak up and to protest. We are being reminded that this is a nation of tolerance, and thankfully this is true – but those who object, who take a different point of view, are swiftly met with intolerance. When, in the name of religion, you crash a plane into one of our buildings and murder 3,000 of our people – that is bigotry.
This mosque, as planned, is a follow-up to 9/11; the finishing touch, the master stroke. It is not about healing. It is about replacement and triumph.
Mayor Bloomberg and other “leaders’ support this. How the mighty have fallen.
Novelist Jack Engelhard is the author of the re-issued bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and more recently the Manhattan newsroom thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline,” which carries the message: “The Koran has arrived and it has come to devour the Bible.” www.jackengelhard.com