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Saturday, December 21, 2019 

The Ground Zero mosque is being resurrected

Several years ago, bold opposition to Sharif el-Gamal's planned mosque in the vicinity of the former World Trade Center succeeded in stopping it. But now, as Pamela Geller's reported on American Thinker, the creep who tried to build the mosque is trying again:
The news was buried under two dense paragraphs and five large photos in an article in New York YIMBY about a different project: "Construction has also yet to begin on 51 Park Place, which is slated to become a 71-foot-tall, 16,000-square-foot Islamic cultural center." The infamous Ground Zero Mosque project, a long buried effort to build a triumphal mosque at the site of the worst jihad terror attack in American history, is back.

Construction has yet to begin, but it will: the shady developer behind the Ground Zero Mosque scheme, Sharif El-Gamal, has been working to build this sinister structure for years.

We defeated the Ground Zero Mosque project once before. The 16-story mosque that El-Gamal initially planned to build there has not been built. Our efforts in showing what an insult it was to the American people and to the victims of 9/11, and how many Muslims worldwide would inevitably view it as a triumphal mosque built on the site of a jihad attack, defeated it. Tens of thousands of people came out for our rallies in lower Manhattan against this celebration of this 9/11 attacks, and El-Gamal was beaten in the court of public opinion.

It was a long battle. President Obama announced his support for the mosque at an Iftar dinner, no less. Then-mayor of New York City and current presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg supported the mosque as well, claiming hysterically that "if we don't build it, the terrorists will win!" The media actively campaigned for it — the elites in their increasingly fragile ivory towers relentlessly stumped for the Cordoba mosque (euphemistically called an Islamic center with a prayer space) for years.

And yet despite all this opposition and much more, the people stood up and fought the Ground Zero Mosque and won. An army of Davids.

But that wasn't the end of the story. Crains New York reported on El-Gamal's new project in 2015 in a story that demonstrated how the developer was hoping to sneak his triumphal mosque into existence: "Mr. El-Gamal's Soho Properties has proposed a 667-foot condominium tower at lower Manhattan's 45 Park Place. The glass skyscraper, which has yet to break ground, will include at least 15 full-floor units of 3,200 to 3,700 square feet, and average prices higher than $3,000 a square foot, according to plans released to Bloomberg by the developer."

That sounded normal enough. But then the article added: "Adjacent to the tower, Soho Properties will build a public plaza connected to a three-story Islamic museum and prayer space." An Islamic prayer space is a mosque. The article also said: "An Islamic museum 'is just as much of an insult,' Pamela Geller, a blogger and one of the center's most vocal opponents, wrote in an email. 'It will be like having a museum touting the glories of the Japanese Empire at Pearl Harbor.'"
Exactly. This is a new take on a previously planned abomination. Robert Spencer followed up on PJ Media with:
The pet projects of the left never die; they just get put on the back burner until the media looks the other way. One of the most notorious of those projects, a huge mosque at Ground Zero that would inevitably be regarded in the Islamic world as a triumphal mosque celebrating the 9/11 attacks, is now back in the works in lower Manhattan. For years it looked as if this project was dead. It wasn’t. It was just waiting for the massive number of Americans who opposed it to forget about the whole thing.
This is precisely the danger that can't be allowed to continue: if people fail to come out and protest en masse, it's bound to be constructed. You could also argue that if anybody wants to prevent the transgender ideology from damaging women and children's rights, all concerned will have to start coming out to protest about that too. Legislation to protect women/children's rights alone isn't enough. I hope Geller's movement will be able to encourage all concerned to reach NYC to make clear at a rally they won't stand for this anymore. El-Gamal should also be banished from the USA.

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