Liberal Terrorism and Even More on the Mosque

A young man stabs a taxi driver in NYC after questioning him on his religion. The victim is a Muslim. The attacker practicing this private form of terrorism belongs to a group that supports the Near Ground Zero mosque project. No, this is not a mistake: supports. Here is the report from rabid right-wing newspaper The New York Times, dated 8/26/10: :

“ Mr. Enright is a volunteer with Intersections International, a nonprofit that works to promote cross-cultural understanding and has spoken out in favor of the proposed Islamic cultural center near ground zero.”

Several blogs and others blame Fox News! (Deuh!)

Another Muslim intellectual talks about the Near Ground Zero mosque in the Wall Street Journal of 8/26/10 (See my posting about his predecessors: “ Declaration by Muslim Intellectuals on Ground Zero Mosque, posted 8/16/10.) She says pretty much what I posted a couple of days ago (“ The ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque Issue Clarified,” posted 8/20/10.”) Yet, she says it better because she is better informed. Her name is: Irshad Manji.

She makes several proposals to ferret out malice and disingenuity in the mosque developers. Here are excerpts from her column in the Wall Street Journal today and my explanatory comments in parentheses:

Where will be the men’s side to the mosque?” (To find out if the congregation will be segregated according to sex during prayer.)

Will the swimming pool (at the proposed multicultural center) be segregated between women and men…?”

May women lead congregation prayers any day of the week?”

Will Christians and Jews, fellow People of the Book, be able to use the prayer sanctuary for their services…?”

What will be taught about homosexuals?About agnostics? About atheists? About apostasy?” (In some Muslim countries, renouncing Islam, apostasy, is punishable by death.)

Professor Manji is a brave woman. I wish she were an American.

Note: In an earlier draft, I identified this brave person as a man and as an American. A reader kindly corrected me: Wrong on both counts. Shame on me because I had read about her a year ago; I just forgot her name.

In the meantime, I am having face-to-face bits and pieces of conversations with Muslims I know about the Near-Ground Zero mosque controversy. That would include devout Muslims who are currently observing Ramadan, and fallen Muslims heading for Hell. I encounter the same problems with both kinds:

First, they are slippery. They want to respond without answering my simple questions.

Second, I can’t seem to get across my position which I think is simple. Here it is, again:

The Constitution gives the Near-Ground Zero developers the right to build their multicultural center. As a conservative, I think private property is private property. No level of government should interfere with their right to do whatever they want with it, including build a mosque.

Here is what my Muslim acquaintances don’t seem to understand: The Constitution forbids the government from interfering with freedom of religion or with the freedom to enjoy one’s property. The Constitution does not obligate me to be nice according to the rules of multiculturalism I think of as brain paralysis. The Constitution does not enjoin me to show “tolerance” toward what I abhor. Neither the Constitution nor my belief in private property gives the near-Ground Zero mosque developers the right to be free from my thinking they are hypocritical ass-holes. It’s my constitutional right to think it and to say it. And also to draw cartoons disrespectful of Prophet Muhammad.


About Jacques Delacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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8 Responses to Liberal Terrorism and Even More on the Mosque

  1. Astou Ka says:

    All of what you wrote above are your constitutional rights and I agree, but do not be surprised or angry when Muslims react in anger when their beloved prophet is caricatured and also cry bigotry when they being stabbed for being who they are…it is their constitutional right too I believe if we just follow your logic oncle Jacques!

    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      I don’t think you read what I wrote, Astou. I think you are responding to something else you saw on a blog by a pimply nineteen-year old named Harold.

      I am not sure whether you still don’t get it: Try to imagine drawing a cartoon of anyone or anything that would make me so angry I would threaten the cartoonist with death and induce my friends to riot by the tens of thousands in several countries,trampling each other to death in the process. The fact is that it would have been possible, even easy to provoke my ancestors to act that way a thousand years ago. Not anymore. I think that’s a major difference, one about which I am not willing to compromise.

      Full disclosure: Astou is a friend of mine, She is a young woman I admire about whom I wrote a moving story not long ago. I take her seriously as one of my Muslim informants. I don’t rely on the feeble-minded and on the ignorant for my information!

  2. Helene Hagan says:

    Turn this proposition around, Astou Ka, and one could then remark: The builders of the Mosque in question have indeed – everyone agrees on this point – the constitutional right to erect in the US a building where they can meet and pray , but they should not be “surprised or angry” if the majority of Americans loathe and oppose them for being so insensitive to the profound feelings and emotions of bereaved families and citizens of this nation for selecting the particular spot they did to meet and pray. There is something deeply incongruous about this Mosque building course of action, and it makes me feel alright, as an American, that so many of my fellow citizens are not a bit fooled by the dissonant discourse that is offered to them as an explanation for something which is far from being honest and transparent as to motives and purpose.

  3. Astou Ka says:

    Well Helene Hagan, since you seem to be so knowledgeable as to the intent of the imam and develrper of the cordoba cénter, why don’t you enlighten us about it?! This whole debate is so hypocritical! Did anyone oppose the building of a church after the Oklahoma city bombing?! Timothy Mc Veigh was Christian wasn’t he?

    • Helene Hagan says:

      I agree with you about hypocrisy. I don’t follow the point about Timothy MacVeigh and the Christian churches…. I don’t think he did what he did for the glory of any God???? Do you know of any friends of of Timothy MacVeigh who want to build a church on the site that he bombed?

      None of the masculine , vengeful, angry gods who emerged from the Middle East and the desert appeal to me . Sorry…. I think they are all responsible for a lot of bloodshed, and have been very very irrational, even more so than the ones who preceded them , those worshipped among the Romans and the Greeks. At least, the Greeks could escape tragic fate and all its misery by a wonderful turn of events called “Deus Ex Machina….” But I am getting away from the rage of the moment which sizzles in a lot of human hearts these days, I guess.

  4. The last paragraph of Jacques commentary sum up my feelings perfectly.

    Based on what I’ve read and heard in the news medium, both liberal and conservative, it appears that the Iman is a phony, putting forth contadictory statements on his so-called “beliefs”.

    The US State Department should be chastized for sponsering his fund-raising trip overseas. It really shows how out of touch the current administration really is—there is an old song that sums up the current state of the US administration…”thick as a brick”.

    Carmel Valley, CA

  5. robert holifield says:

    My question has nothing to do with this subject but I didn’t find a better place.

    I read elsewhere that you’ve written on Fascism and on Socialism/Communism. Where can I find these.

    And where can I find what you’ve written on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    Thank you.

    • jacquesdelacroix says:

      The first: On this blog under on this category ” socio-political essays.” The latter, everywhere on this blog.

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