- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It is amazing how many Americans advocating the Ground Zero Mosque have no idea what the Muslim group trying to erect the building really represents.

This is further compounded by the disingenuous statements by the imam of this group, Feisal Abdul Rauf. Any Muslim group that respects our laws and truly honors the Bill of Rights is welcome to build on Ground Zero, as far as I’m concerned. Unfortunately, that is not the group trying to build the Ground Zero Mosque.

Mr. Rauf wrote books in 2000 and 2004 that both laud Shariah law and envision implementing it in the United States in order to “rejuvenate” the Islamic spirit of 14th-century jurist Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah. Who was Ibn Taymiyyah? He was the cleric who came up with the idea that it is all right to kill innocent people if it is to advance Islamic goals. As al Qaeda terrorists have said, paraphrasing Ibn Taymiyyah, “If we kill innocent people, there is no problem. Good people go to heaven, bad people go to hell.”

Bringing Shariah law to the United States would go against all that we value. This would include violence to women, cutting off the hands or feet of thieves, killing adulterers, homosexuals and apostates to Islam, etc. It is ironic that these people are so adamant about building yet another mosque in our country. Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian houses of worship are not allowed to be built in countries that practice Shariah law.

LLOYD CHAPPELL

Garland, Texas