- The Washington Times - Monday, August 9, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There are many reasons why a mosque should not be constructed within sight of the World Trade Center killing ground, the most important having to do with the main factor motivating those who want to put it there (“Panel allows mosque close to ground zero,” Page 1, Wednesday).

The name of the new mosque, Cordoba House, is a dead giveaway. Cordoba in Spain was the capital city of Muslim conquerors who celebrated their victory over Spanish Christians by turning a church there into one of the largest mosque complexes in the world. Cordoba symbolizes conquest in the Islamic narrative.

Radical Islam has no tolerance or respect for people of other faiths or creeds, especially Christians and Jews, Americans and Israelis. Its purpose is to subdue nonbelievers and force them to live under Islamic law, Shariah. That is precisely its aim in the United States and the rest of the Western world - and a mosque at ground zero would help it do exactly that. It would move Islamization in the United States and elsewhere forward by leaps and bounds.

Radical Muslims consider conquered territory and people to be forever under the sway of Islam. Placing a mosque so close to the World Trade Center site, particularly a mega-mosque like the one being advocated, would enable them to see New York as conquered territory and view it as a bridgehead leading to the subjugation of the entire United States. The city is America’s most prominent and is one with a very large Jewish population. A clearer message could not be sent.

Of course, New Yorkers can send a clear message of their own by preventing the mosque from being constructed. They would be saying that they are not willing to accept the erosion of their values and way of life, that Islamization will be fought and that America is not an Islamic nation and will never become one.

JERRY PHILIPSON

Comox, British Columbia

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