By Debbie Menon
President Barack Obama on Friday backed the construction of a proposed mosque and Muslim cultural center, then retracted. No surprise there, to retract or weasel out, has become the norm for any American in a position of influence, including the President, the General, or anyone speaking against Zionists interests in America.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” Obama said to applause at an event attended by diplomats from Islamic countries and members of the U.S. Muslim community. “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he said.
“This is America and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable,” said Obama, who has made improving ties between the United States and the Muslim world a cornerstone of his foreign policy.
Obama was speaking during an Iftar dinner he hosted at the White House. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan .
This thing we are discussing, is either a Mosque, or it is NOT a Mosque. It, by definition of the term, cannot be both.
Call it what they may, a “Community Center” which serves as a place for Muslim prayer, and does not include Christian, Jewish, and any and all other denominational prayer, is a Mosque and definitely NOT a “Community Center.”
If they wish to build a non-denominational and open “House of Prayer” there, which will accommodate all and any of any religion (at the same time accommodating the objections of the world’s atheists and agnostics) who wish to pray there, then albeit. But to build it and call it a Community Center, let us use a bit of common sense when we identify just what Community Centers are.
Firstly, one of the backbones of Jews and Jewish culture in the US are the national installations of THE Jewish Community Center (JCC) in almost every American City of any size which has a Jewish population. They are not publicized widely, and do not draw much press attention. But, they are well-funded by Jews, and widely attended and active in the domestic social and civil scenes. And, they are Jewish to the kosher bone.
You must be a Jew to be a member. You do not have to be a Jew to contribute,or participate in their activities which provide support for and promote a great many Civic Interests, Youth education, and social activities; education, skills training, libraries, organized sports of all natures and other beneficial and social activities.
But, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus do not pray in these JCC centers or use their facilities for religious meetings, activities, teaching or other purposes, nor do they send their children to the JCC learning centers, seminars and classes to learn about other cultures or “religions” affairs.
Therefore, If it is a Community Center then it is NOT a Mosque unless it is also and exclusively a Muslim Community Center! Muslims sometimes conduct various Islamic and cultural and religious affairs in, around and out of their Mosques, usually because the communities are so poor that they cannot afford to build two separate structures, have no choices, and it is opportune to do so, the same as the HRC sometimes uses Church property and buildings for Catholic religious, social and Ed programs.
But, Muslims do not necessarily integrate Mosques, and Islam with “Community Centers” in the same way or degree with which Jews do in their Jewish Community Centers. Which is why I suspect that all of this talk and discussion about the Community Center originates with and from a Jewish perspective, because that is the way “they” do it and therefore in their ignorance and ego-centrism, assume that is the way the Muslims would do it.
Secondly, it was never to be at “Ground Zero,” that’s just how the ziomedia portrayed it, and the Fox News types outside of New York when heard about it, started the drumbeat against, pretending it was at “Ground Zero” when it wasn’t. It has always been planned for two blocks away.
This ain’t a Mosque, and if it is a Mosque, it certainly doesn’t merit, want or need USG sanctions of any sort, and it should not be built within shouting or stone throwing distance of the WTC site!
Because, Israel, (Mossad) or at least AIPAC, are behind this propaganda about a Mosque at “Ground Zero,” whether it is actually made with serious intent or as some sort of hasbara PR or image ploy, subterfuge or whatever, eg:
I am categorically opposed to the USG sponsoring and supporting any denominational prayer houses, Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Shrines, Temples of Medicine Tents for the reasons above;to wit… it is in violation of the US Constitution; It would give the USG a fulcrum upon which to lever “religious” belief and turn it into political or national force and, history has demonstrated that any such plan as carried out would be filled with inequity and therefore is “undemocratic.” Muslims and their houses of prayer do not have to attract that kind of negative attention.
Whatever the issue, the cause, I just do not think any government should ever get or be allowed in, in the business of building or regulating the construction of Mosques, Churches, Synagogues, Temples, Shrines, or other places of worship. It gives them too much leverage, which God and his believers do not need, and can do better without.
Debbie Menon: A long time advocate for peace and justice in Palestine’s occupied territories is a freelance writer based in Dubai. Her articles have been featured in several print and online publications. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.Visit her website: http://mycatbirdseat.com/