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Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:00 am

Could you imagine building a Shinto shrine on the deck of the U.S.S. Arizona in Pearl Harbor, or maybe a bronze statue of John Wilkes Booth erected next to Lincoln's memorial, or one of Adolph Hitler at Dockau or Buckenwald?

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when the Twin Towers fell? Did you see fellow Americans jump from the windows to their death in order to escape the inferno? Three thousand Americans died that day at the hands of Islamic extremist homicidal maniacs who left behind many ruptured families and fractured people on American soil.

But now, adding insult to injury, a thirteen story mosque/cultural center is planned for ground zero of the "Twin Towers Massacre." Why there, we ask? Freedom of religion? A memorial to the fallen dead and their families? A form of public apology or a commemoration of a great victory and future conquest?

History is clear: The erection of mosques on sites of victory and conquest is a symbol to Muslims of Islamic triumphalism, e.g. Temple Mount Jerusalem where the Al-Aqsa Mosque stands on Israel's holiest ground; the largest cathedral in Christendom, St. Sophia Basilica of Constantinople (Istanbul) was turned into a sprawling mega-mosque; and the city of Cordoba, Spain, from which this "ground zero" mosque derives its name, saw an immense mosque built on the site of an ancient Christian Church.

The "Cordoba" Mosque project at 9/11 Ground Zero is an insult and an affront to all the Twin Tower victims and their families. Where is the common sense, the basic consideration and human love and compassion of this "religion of peace" demonstrated in the building of this masjid?

First the mosque, then Shariah Law — coming soon to a lot near you.

William Van Amber Fields

Morada

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