The New York Mosque controversy has turned into a typical political football with the left uniformly lining up to support it and the right opposing it. It seems as if the actual merits of the case have gotten lost in the desire of both sides to reflexively oppose the other tribe´s position and the mosque is a valid excuse to fight over. Both sides have exaggerated the issue. The right goes on about sacred ground as if New York has treated the neighborhood around ground zero as a hallowed shrine instead of just another part of the city going on with its business. But the left, in its reflexive desire to oppose everything that the right does, is rationalising away the dangers of the project and even openly cheering it on.
It is clear to me that virtually every Muslim organization- no matter how moderate they may seem to be- is to some degree in conflict with modern secular society and has at least indirect connections to terrorist and extremist orgnaizations. There are many tolerant moderate Muslims who go about their life as normal people, BUT almost all truely devout Muslism (who take their religion seriously) and especiallyMullahs and Islamic organizations, are in some form of conflict with modern western values. That is just the nature of Islam at this moment. Cultural Muslims can and are moderate, but devout Muslims rarely are. To really take Islamic theology seriously means the desire for Islamic rule to conquer the unGodly non Muslim world. I think that we should never forget that, and not confuse cultural with devout Muslims who are so often very very different.
The left, in its tribalistic desire to relexively oppose the right, is overlooking the implications of the mosque. One would think that the left, in its desire to promote a modern, secular, progressive, equal rights world, would not cozy up with a religious movement that is stuck in the dark ages, instituationalizes discrimination and wants to impose a retrograde theocracy on everyone. The irony is that the left is now making several opportunistic arguments in favor of the mosque. For a group, which has turned offense into an art form and is constantly looking for ways to shut down freedom of expression that they find “offensive”, they now have suddenly blossomed into a strident advocate of free speech on this issue. Their argument is that the mosque should be built and if that upsets anyone it is irrelevant because America is about freedon of speech, period. This is a bit rich coming from an ideologythat has instituted speech codes on college campuses to protect delicate sensibilities, and likes to say that freedom of speech ends when someone yells fire in a crowded theater-or in other words freedom of speech should not be permitted if it upsets certain people. The futher irony is that the left, which enjoys opposing most forms of Christianity, is now spouting the argument that freedom of religion is an unlimited right.
In addition, they are also overlooking the implications of the name of the mosque-Cordoba-which was the most important city in Muslim conquered Spain, Europe and the West. It does not take a leap of imagination to realize that this is their new imagined imperium over the west.
Even more disturbing is that the left is conveniently overlooking the practice of Taquia, in which it is perfectly acceptable for Muslims to lie and decieve non Muslims. We see this time and again where Muslim leaders say soothing words of moderation and tolerance to the west in English, and blood curdling invectives of Jihad in Arabic to their own people. The New York Mosque leadership also shows signs of this two facedness. The left appears to happily take the moderate words of Iman without looking any deeper.
There is also the belief that showing tolerance towards Muslim organizations will pacify and moderate them. This may sound nice but devout Muslims will only be pacified by force. When a movement´s core ideology is that non believers are infidel scum who deserve only to be converted or eliminated, it is hard to buy repect by being nice.
In the end the Muslim radicals must be chuckling to themselves at what a bunch of useful fools the left is in defending and assisting radical Islam. The Muslims know full well that when they take over, the secular left will be the first to be eliminated because they don´t even believe in God.
Finally the left appears to be happily indifferent as to where the funding for the mosque is coming from. Any other non religious organization which is recieving large sums from foreign radical organziations would have the FBI all over them. On this issue the left trumpets the argument that Muslim religious organizations should remain above the law.
In the end it saddens me to see the country divering its energies on left versus right conflict when we really should be focused more on competency and making an effective government and society. It seems that it is hard for people these days to see issues clearly and objectively, because so many people are caught up in their tribalistic ideological bubbles automatically defending their own and attacking the hated other. So many in the left, especially the elites, live in a politically correct bubble world where everything confirms their biases and tribalism. Their friends and colleagues are PC, they read the New York Times, watch Oblermann and generally immerse themselves an information and communication echo chamber. If they do happen upon a divergent opinion, they reflexively dismiss and attach it out of hand. Many on the right, feeling left out by our PC saturated media and government, seek refuge in people like Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and their local evangelical church with its own self contained community. In the end there is little honest debate and mostly just tribalistic fighting. If we used our mental abilities to actually confront problems honestly instead of politically, we would acomplish a lot more.
For a video on the true nature of Islam watch below: