By Bryan Fischer
I agree completely with the 71% of New Yorkers who are vigorously
opposed to a mosque at Ground Zero. What opponents of the Ground Zero mosque do
not seem to realize is that they are making my case that Americans have the
moral right to deny permits to build mosques anywhere.
The argument against a Ground Zero mosque is essentially of the
“not-in-my-backyard” variety. It’s inappropriate, that’s not the place for a
mosque, it’s insensitive, etc.
But what if the people ten blocks from Ground Zero don’t want it
there for similar reasons? Or a mile away? Where exactly is the line of
The point here is simply this: if New Yorkers can make the
inapropriateness argument, why can’t people in Murfreesboro, Tennessee? Or
people in Chicago? Or Mayfield, Kentucky?
In other words, why do only New Yorkers have the right to argue
that a mosque shouldn’t be built in the middle of their community? Why is
everybody else just supposed to suck it up with no complaint, even if they have
objections of similar kinds?
Surely people will say that a mosque at Ground Zero is wrong
because the mosque would be built by followers of the same religion whose
adherents killed 3,000 Americans on that spot on 9/11. Fine. What if the people
in Murfreesboro are equally troubled by what was done to Americans on 9/11? Why
do only New Yorkers have the right to be sufficiently offended by what happened
on 9/11 to stop a mosque project in their town?
No community in America would permit the building of a
mini-Auschwitz erected to perpetuate the teaching and memory of Adolf Hitler,
despite the fact that the Holocaust happened on another continent altogether.
And the argument would be the same. We don’t want a mini-Auschwitz in our town
because we find Naziism offensive and completely contrary to American values.
You’re welcome to believe in Naziism, and put as many pictures of
Adolf Hitler in your home as you want. But you’re going to get a permit to
build a building in his honor in our town. We’re not going to let you build a
center for the training of Storm Troopers in our community. Period.
Yet Islam is just as virulently anti-Semitic as Naziism was, and
is just as dedicated to the extermination of Jews as Hitler was. In fact, the
Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, spent World
War II hanging with his home boys in Germany and sipping tea with Adolf
himself. Why should communities be forced to have centers for the propagation of
anti-Semitic genocide built in their communities, whether it’s of the Nazi kind
or the Islamic kind?
We wouldn’t let Hitler revivalists hide behind a religious liberty
veneer, even though Hitler’s SS boys wore belt buckles that read “Gott Mit Uns”
- “God is with us.”
Muslim values are grossly incompatible with American values.
Muslims do not believe in religious liberty, they believe in sharia law rather
than in the Ten Commandments and American law, they do not believe in freedom
of conscience, they do not believe in equality before the law for Christians,
Jews, or women, and they teach that husbands can literally beat their wives
into submission. They teach that Jews are apes and Christians are pigs.
There is nothing in our Constitution that requires us to give
space to an institution that is determined to wipe out the Constitution. In
fact, the one crime identified in the Constitution is treason against the
United States. So not only do we not have to give room to those who “adhere” to
the enemies of our way of life or give them “Aid and Comfort,” we can put them
Is every mosque a center for terrorism? Nope. But 80% of the
mosques in America are funded by Saudi Arabia, which sends them literature to
distribute to their attendees which call for the blood of infidel Christians
and Jews. Thus 80% of the mosques in America are almost certainly teaching and
preaching violent jihad against America. They are teaching violence against
their host country. That’s not religion, that’s treason.
If a group of Muslims is willing publicly - say, in front of a
zoning board or a city council - to renounce the 109 verses in the Koran that
call for the spilling of infidel blood, if they are willing to renounce the
verses that call for second-class citizenship for Jews and Christians, if they
are willing to renounce the verses that call for the decapitation of Muslims
who convert to Christianity, if they are willing to renounce the verses that
call for husbands to beat their wives into submission, if they are willing to
publicly declare that Christians and Jews are not pigs and apes but rather
human beings created in the image of God, and if they are willing to publicly
state that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state and that Hamas is a
terrorist organization, then they should be allowed to build as many mosques as
they want. But then they wouldn’t be building mosques at that point, would
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the
author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family
Association or American Family Radio.)