Sometime in 1999, a construction electrician received a new work assignment from his union. The man, Sinclair Hejazi Abdus-Salaam, was told to report to 2 World Trade Center, the southern of the twin towers.
In the union locker room on the 51st floor, Mr. Abdus-Salaam went through a construction worker’s version of due diligence. In the case of an emergency in the building, he asked his foreman and crew, where was he supposed to reassemble? The answer was the corner of Broadway and Vesey.
Over the next few days, noticing some fellow Muslims on the job, Mr. Abdus-Salaam voiced an equally essential question: “So where do you pray at?” And so he learned about the Muslim prayer room on the 17th floor of the south tower.
He went there regularly in the months to come, first doing the ablution known as wudu in a washroom fitted for cleansing hands, face and feet, and then facing toward Mecca to intone the salat prayer.
On any given day, Mr. Abdus-Salaam’s companions in the prayer room might include financial analysts, carpenters, receptionists, secretaries and ironworkers. There were American natives, immigrants who had earned citizenship, visitors conducting international business — the whole Muslim spectrum of nationality and race.
Leaping down the stairs on Sept. 11, 2001, when he had been installing ceiling speakers for a reinsurance company on the 49th floor, Mr. Abdus-Salaam had a brief, panicked thought. He didn’t see any of the Muslims he recognized from the prayer room. Where were they? Had they managed to evacuate?
He staggered out to the gathering place at Broadway and Vesey. From that corner, he watched the south tower collapse, to be followed soon by the north one. Somewhere in the smoking, burning mountain of rubble lay whatever remained of the prayer room, and also of some of the Muslims who had used it.
One Muslim business who had used the Muslim prayer room noted how this religious respite was also in the worlds’ epicenter (New York) of capitalism. While its frequently been a rough road haven’t we always been the country that manages to fit a lot of religions, ethnicities and beliefs into a big melting pot and making it work. Often times to the utter amazement to the rest of the world. The demagoguing of a mosque two blocks from the old Twin Towers site is not about being rational it’s about condemning all Muslims as murders or complicit in murder for the acts of a small percentage of Muslims. Than there is that little thing called the 1st Amendment – yet another component of the Constitution the GOP is willing to sacrifice on the altar of xenophobic bed wetting. The mosque inside the WTC Towers was not an issue for the thirty plus years the WTC existed. Neither was the mosque at the Pentagon. The Pentagon mosque a reminder that the Muslims, who most of the rabid Right has now decided are all murderers, is for the Muslims who are serving their country in the U.S. military. Crescents among the crosses at Arlington Cemetery
Today, nearly 15,000 Muslims serve in the US Armed Forces, under situations of conflicting loyalties and misunderstanding both by their non-Muslim colleagues as well as other Muslims. “We don’t have to prove anything,” said Imam Ghayth Nur Kashif, a Korean War veteran and former counselor for the Muslim American Military Association. “Many of us were born here so it’s really kind of an insult for people to question are you an American.”
When two Christian Republicans blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, we didn’t ask that no more churches be built out of respect for the dead – many of them Christians. Because it would not have made sense. In a report by John Jay College of Criminal Justice it was found the Catholic Church committed 6,700 acts of sexual abuse. We haven’t put the 1st Amendment on hold out of respect for those victims.
A conservative blog called Weasel Zippers writes about the NYC story, Dumbest Defense of GZM to Date: Before Islamists Flew Planes Into the Towers There Was a Small Muslim Prayer Room There…
It’s so mind numbingly stupid I’m at a loss for words which is probably why the lefty blogs (LGF, Daily Kos to name a few) think this it’s “proof” there should be no controversy surrounding the construction of a giant victory mosque next to Ground Zero…
Arguments – in the classical sense of the word – are made up of propositions followed by rational justified beliefs. If there was some logical argument against seeing the hypocrisy and ignorance bound up in opposition to the Park 51 commmunity center/mosque he either could not make one or was too lazy to try. So the moronic resort to its “too mind numbingly stupid”. A right-wing conservative cannot be bothered to make an argument for something about which they have strong feelings about. Much easier to plea to the commonality of malicious ignorance of his readers – borne out in the comments,
Dim Bulb says:
September 11, 2010 at 12:51 AM
Liberal Premise: Muslim’s are not squeamish about killing Muslims in the name of allah.
Liberal Conclusion: Therefore, having a Muslim Mosque near Ground Zero is foolproof protections against a Muslim attack.
Liberal Corollary: Dude, torch that doobie and pass me the Cheetos.
“Dim” has no doubt slayed a field of straw men with similar rhetorical flourishes. If the inability to deal with logic is a vest Dim and Weasel are bullet proof.
The Newt Does show business, Newterdammerung
First of all you know it’s going to be good when the liner notes read “Citizens United Productions presents in Association with Gingrich Productions and Peace River Company, LLC America at Risk: The War with No Name.”
Do you want to see a primer on the Clash of Civilizations and the coming Islam-fueled Armeggedon hosted by a disgraced & philandering former politician and his third and current trophy wife? If that’s a movie you need to see, join me after the jump.
Here’s the trailer for the movie, which will no doubt be an instant classic in the genre Islamophobia hate fest snuff films along with those earlier produced by the Clarion foundation.
Newt is competing with Glenn beck to be the P.T. Barnum of politics. that would be the P.T. Barnum who once said there is a sucker born every minute. Newt is on record as being a professional shoveler of bullsh*t,
The profile paints a silhouette highlighting the intersection of Gingrich’s personal life and political career:
“There’s somebody else, isn’t there?”
She kind of guessed it, of course. Women usually do. But did she know the woman was in her apartment, eating off her plates, sleeping in her bed?
She called a minister they both trusted. He came over to the house the next day and worked with them the whole weekend, but Gingrich just kept saying she was a Jaguar and all he wanted was a Chevrolet. “‘I can’t handle a Jaguar right now.’ He said that many times. ‘All I want is a Chevrolet.'”
He asked her to just tolerate the affair, an offer she refused.
He’d just returned from Erie, Pennsylvania, where he’d given a speech full of high sentiments about compassion and family values.
The next night, they sat talking out on their back patio in Georgia. She said, “How do you give that speech and do what you’re doing?”
“It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”
As for 2012, Marianne Gingrich shared her take on speculation swirling over the possibility of Newt Gingrich making a run for the White House in the next election cycle. The bottom line, she said, is that “there’s no way” he’ll be president.
It’s a busy busy time for the conservative Bullsh*t corps. When Newt isn’t milking the Park 51 controversy, he can be found milking the tea baggers ( sorry about that mental picture), 5 Ways the Tea Party Agenda Screws Tea Party Supporters
If people could be counted on to vote in their own best interests, there would be no Tea Party movement, for if the economic agenda embraced by Tea Partiers — a vastly pro-corporation, government-killing plan — Tea Partiers would find themselves among the people most hurt by it.
To hear Tea Party activists tell it, they seek to save future generations from the crushing demands of big government. Yet the agenda they advocate, dictated by the big-money players behind the muscular interest groups that keep the movement growing, will likely render the Tea Partiers themselves the economically squeezed subjects of a corporate state, one in which the elderly will be left to scrounge for crumbs, small businesses will be crushed by lack of capital, and their own ground-level online organizing supplanted by the networks built by giant, corporate-funded astroturf groups.
[ ]…2. Ending Medicare: See No. #1, Ending Social Security. “Within seven [years], Medicare is dead, bankrupt, broke — broke,” Bachmann told the Tea Partiers. Her solution? End it for everybody but “the truly needy and the truly disabled.” (I shudder to think what constitutes “truly needy” in the Bachmann moral universe.) Her solution? You can buy your own health insurance policy on the private market with pre-tax dollars. Sure, you’re 70 years old: How much do you think an insurance company is going to charge you for your coverage? Pre-taxed or not, you’re going to need a whole lotta dollars to make that one work for you.
But Bachmann’s fans likely found comfort in her sunny optimism. “It is possible for every American to be able to retire a millionaire,” Bachmann told the Tea Partiers. “It’s entirely possible to do that if you plan early and you put away money — and there are alternatives that we can put forward.” Just what those “alternatives” might be were left to the audience’s imagination.
I may never know for sure, but I always wondered who bought those gadgets that give you ripped abs while you sit on the sofa eating double-chocolate chip ice while watching TV.
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) On Health Clinic Funded By Stimulus He Opposed: ‘One Of The Core Pieces Of The Solution’ America Needs – It might be that Republicans lack the neurons required to understand what boneheaded hypocrisy is.