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Friday, May 28, 2010

Cordoba Centre approved - good

The sound common sense of this decision fills me with pride in New Yorkers. Though the opponents of the Cordoba Centre (the "mosque") ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, for booing a 9/11 rescue worker and trying to drown out someone whose son died in the Twin Towers. Now THAT is being disrespectful to the memory of the 9/11 victims. These people should admit that they're not interested in commemorating those who died in the WTC, just in attacking Muslims (of whom there are estimated to have been around 300 in the WTC at the time of the attacks). If you want to see the ugly face of American racism, look no further than Pamela Geller's "Stop Islamization of America" site. When I tried to comment that there had been Muslims in the WTC, first of all I was told they were only the ones flying the planes, then my comment was deleted, as seems to have happened to any other critical comment after a few hours. However, comments suggesting that Europe (especially Britain) is full of "Islamofascists", that the USA dropped the atom bomb on the wrong country in WW2, and that all Muslims should be expelled from the USA: these remain, along with enthusiastic "What a great idea" comments from the blog organisers.

However, New York is more than a few fringe Nazis and will survive their obscene actions with its spirit intact as it survived the plane strikes. Jo Polett is a great example:

Jo Polett, who has lived a couple blocks north of the WTC since 1995, said the strong negative reaction to the mosque was the best argument for why Cordoba House is needed. "It would be a significant and inspiring addition to the neighborhood", Polett said.

P.S. A similar Stop Islamization of England site (hey, what about Scotland?) describes SIOA as "one of America's foremost organizations (sic) defending human rights". It also recommends readers to support the English Defence League. 'Nuff said.

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