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Ground Zero Mosque: Islam's Political & Military Shrine

Ground Zero Mosque: Islam's Political & Military Shrine

Analysis by Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten

Building a mosque next to Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attacks on America, is a classic Moslem move.

It is not primarily to provide a place for religious worship but to make a political and even a military statement. It is consistent with what they have done all over the world all through the centuries of their existence.

One of the doctrines of Islam is that Judaism and Christianity are religions of the past which God has replaced with Islam.

In their view, both religions will fade away and Islam will continue to rise. They say God gave the Jews their book but they did not keep it. Then God gave Christians their book but they did not keep it. So God (Allah) had to give a new book, the Koran, and a true religion.

Of course, whenever Israel defeats a Moslem nation, it repudiates Moslem theology. Whenever America succeeds in its economy or in military action, it goes against their view of the way things should unfold. They view America as a Christian nation (which is why the President went out of his way to say we are not a Christian nation). Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world, even more than Islam and America is at the center of missionary efforts around the world. The success of Christianity and America is not the way Moslems believe it should be working so they need to do something about it.

When the President was in Turkey in April 2009, they took him to Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

That building was for more than Hagia Sophiaa thousand years the main church in Christianity. Built by Justinian the Great in the 6th century it was the place where centuries of Christian Emperors worshipped and where the Eastern Roman Empire had its spiritual and Christian center. The picture shows President Obama standing with the Prime Minister of Turkey in front of the golden colored Moslem prayer niche. Notice that high above the church platform they have uncovered the mosaic of Mary holding baby Jesus.

After centuries of war, the Moslems finally captured Constantinople in 1453. They took the church and converted it into a Mosque letting the world know what they think of religious freedom. The bronze front door of the greatest church in Christianity had a cross on it. The Moslems broke the arms off the Constantinople Mosquecross. I took a picture of it. Even after 558 years, the impression the cross made on the door is still clearly visible. After more than 500 years they turned it into a museum which the President visited.

The point that I am making is the habit of Moslems to take the central aspect of a people or a religion and to make it their own.

I think that is what is at work in New York at Ground Zero. They cannot put their Mosque directly on the site of 9/11 but they want it as close as possible. If they build their Mosque, the day will come, as surely as I write these words, when they will want to use loudspeakers to blast their five-times-a-day call to prayer on to the grounds of Ground Zero.

How do I know they will do this?

Consider the part of Cyprus now Constantinople Mosqueillegally held by Turkey. Look at this picture. Anyone can see that it is a church. But it is not a church as it used to be. It is now a mosque. Notice the minaret on the left tower of the church. Notice the design of the cross over the front door. Taking over the central expression of Christian faith in that area and substituting the Moslem presence is what they did in that church. Now, instead of the church bells, the Muslim call to prayer goes forth from the church-now-Mosque.

Consider Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation.

Church of Annunication

Nazareth is where Jesus grew up. It has been a Christian village for 2,000 years. The most important church in Nazareth is the church built to commemorate the visit of Gabriel to Mary to announce the conception of Jesus. When the Pope was planning a visit to Nazareth as part of the Millennium celebration, the Muslims decided to answer.
They laid claim to the land right next door to the church and set about to build a Mosque whose minaret would look down upon the church and from which they could blast their call to prayer into the church. In the above picture, the church is in the background and the Mosque construction area is just behind the gray fence.

Thankfully, the Israeli government, which is not nearly so naive about such things, put a stop to it and the Mosque was not allowed to be constructed there. This was after the Pope threatened to abort his visit to Nazareth if the Mosque was allowed to be built.

In each of these cases, it wasn't that the Moslems had nowhere else to worship. They were making political statements particularly as it relates to Christianity, the religion they are supposed to be replacing.

When President Obama or Mayor Bloomberg say this is about religious freedom they show how naïve they really are. They have no clue to the dynamics, which are at work. They blindly go along as if this is just about giving the Muslims a place to pray and to gather.

The President learned nothing in his visit to Hagia Sophia:
  • President Obama had eyes but he did not see.
  • President Obama had ears but he did not hear.
  • President Obama had a brain but he did not understand.
The Mosque at Ground Zero has virtually nothing to do with freedom of worship but everything to do with political and even military posturing.

Moslems killed thousands of Americans on that site and then want to build a Mosque right there. To every Moslem the message will be clear. To them, Islam is in the process of taking over America and their $100 million dollar memorial to their militant ways will stand tall for all to see, except those who are blind.


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Dr. Joseph B. Fuiten is the senior pastor of Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington, and he is the former president of Washington Evangelicals for Responsible Government and the Positive Christian Agenda. Currently, Pastor Fuiten is a founding member of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, an associate organization of Focus on the Family.