Islamophobia in America: Islam And Muslims Under Siege

by Paul I. Adujie

Refudiate is not a word, refute and repudiate are words of course!

In her hurry to excoriate Islam and Muslims in New York, Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and former presidential running mate of Senator John McCain, created a new “word” as she demanded that Muslims in New York City should “refudiate” plans to build a mosque, a holy house of worship, which they constitutionally entitled to build

Simultaneously, Rich Lazio, a candidate for governor of New York in stridently demanding the disallowance of the proposed mosque near the so-called ground zero, a part of lower Manhattan in the financial district where World Trade Center stood, before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Rick Lazio went as far as referring to Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, as an incompetent Attorney General, a position he currently occupies even as he runs for governorship of New York as well. Lazio went to the extent of also accusing Cuomo of liberal bias and pandering to liberal voters as reason for not launching a full scale inquiry into the proposed mosque.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has rightly declared and required all those opposed to the mosque project to submit evidence or data of any wrongdoing to the office of the attorney general for review; and so far, there have been no scintilla or atom of evidence suggesting wrongdoing by anyone Muslim connected to the mosque project in question, and yet, there is an inflamed sentiment within a segment of the New York City public which is bent on preventing the mosque from being erected.

Islam and Muslims are surely under siege in America and particularly here in New York City. There are strong and very vehement opposition to Muslims who have sought building permit to erect mosques on Long Island, and in Manhattan, as well as in Staten Island and Bay Ridge, a part of Brooklyn! And before these stiff oppositions to mosques buildings, there was hurried firing of a female principal of a Muslim school and her firing or dismissal which has since been reversed, was precipitated by scurrilous attacks and criticisms by the same motley crews which have been at the throats of Muslims in New York City
See: NYC was wrong to fire Muslim principal

Some of us are now left to wonder about these bigotries directed at Islam and Muslims in New York City. This is particularly so, for a plural and multicultural and multi-religious New York City which proudly refers to itself as the American melting pot. The United Nations Organization is headquartered in New York City, and New York City in name, composition, nomenclature and reality, is microcosm of all nations, New York City is really a mini United Nations of all the nations of the world! But, denying Muslims the right, a fundamental right to erect mosques, places of worship and Islamic community centers, surely cannot be the way to advertise tolerance, diversity and the much vaunted and loudly advertised status as America’s and the world’s melting pot!

As an irreverent Catholic or semi-retired Catholic, I hold all religions in equal awes and equal suspicions . I would also repeat a partial excerpt of a statement below and here it is, “oppose Islam for the same basic reason I oppose all religion: supernaturalism is false, and people ought not believe things that are false

USA Today: Muslims in USA face fears, bias to build, expand mosques
The vast majority of American mosques were buildings built for other purposes,” he said. . meeting in mid-June to protest the Murfreesboro mosque. Similar resistance helped derail a proposed mosque

By Bob Smietana The Nashville Tennessean
When Muslims want to pray in Rutherford County, many go to an office building on Middle Tennessee Boulevard that houses the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. There’s usually enough room for evening prayers until Fridays when about 100 people gather during the week’s main service. On warm days, it can get uncomfortable. “During prayers, it gets so hot that the air conditioning doesn’t work,” said Saleh Sbenaty, a member of the mosque’s board of directors. “This building was not designed for this kind of use.

Thousands Protest Mega-Mosque Plans at – Gateway Pundit
To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims .Why do you think there is growing resistance against new mosques being .. But “building a 15-story Islamic center at ground zero Do we need an area for pilgrimage for Muslims in New York?

Do we need a holy mosque on Ground Zero? They will come and pay their pilgrimage right here in New York at the mosque. We have 3,000 dead Americans looking down on us today. They are saying, “We don’t want to hear ‘Allahu Akbar’ any more.”

Mosque planned for (two bocks away from) Ground Zero, jingos aghast -again
Plan to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero Riles Families of 9/11 Victims . to balance those from 9-11 Families for a Safe and Strong America? A Century and a Half of Protest & Resistance on New York’s Lower East Side .Submitted by Bill Weinberg on Sun, 05/16/2010 – 18:25.
New York City’s kneejerk jingos, already aghast that the hubristic “Freedom Tower” name has been dropped from the new skyscraper going up at Ground Zero, have got a new cause to gripe about. Plan to Build Mosque Near Ground Zero Riles Families of 9/11 Victims

Outraged family members and community groups are accusing a Muslim group of trying to rewrite history with its plans to build a 13-story mosque and cultural center just two blocks from Ground Zero, where Islamic extremists flew two planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
Outraged family members and community groups are accusing a Muslim group of trying to rewrite history with its plans to build a 13-story mosque and cultural center just two blocks from Ground Zero, where Islamic extremists flew two planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

10000 throng to protest Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground .
Jun 8, 2010 . Gandhi advised “passive resistance” to the Jews against Hitler, . some faithful American was to go on the site where the mosque is to be built and .. “Plans to build a memorial to the 333 hostages killed three years . 10,000 throng to protest Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero 10,000 throng to stop Ground Zero mosque: Group vows to sue federal government: ‘3,000 good Americans didn’t die in vain,'” by Chelsea Schilling in WorldNetDaily, June 7:

As many as 10,000 protesters from across the country – including family members who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001 – took to the streets in New York City Sunday to fight construction of a 13-story Islamic mosque to be built just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah. Now the organizers plan to sue the federal government to designate the site as a war memorial..

New York Mosque Protest « Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion
For Geller and her Stop Islamization of America organization (currently on .. reasons – their qualms and resistance need to be respected. . to protest the proposed building of a mosque on the World Trade Center site. .
The only Muslim center that should be built in the shadow of the World Trade Center is one that is devoted to expunging the Quran and all Islamic teachings of the violent jihad that they prescribe, as well as all hateful texts and incitement to violence”

Of course, this isn’t a statement made in good faith: a Muslim center with an “expunged” Quran makes about as much sense as a church with the anti-Jewish parts of the New Testament expunged or a synagogue with the more sanguinary passages of the Torah expunged – ancient religious texts may be re-interpreted or contextualized in ways that make them more amenable to the modern world, but they are seldom repudiated by adherents

Free Colorado: Let Them Build the Mosque
Gotham Resistance claims that forbidding the mosque would preserve “decency, . Let us grant that, in America, we do not punish children for the sins

of their fathers. . Both said they had come to protest the mosque.
oppose Islam for the same basic reason I oppose all religion: supernaturalism is false, and people ought not believe things that are false. In today’s world, Islam is a particularly destructive force, in many sectors sanctioning the abuse of women, totalitarianism, mass murder, and terrorism. Thankfully, Islam also has a more enlightened, Aristotelian tradition, and in the modern world at least some Muslims promote political and religious freedom and peace among nations.

Muslim mosque to be built on ground zero – Patriotic Resistance
Muslims are planning to build a mosque on ground zero after they destroyed . as possible to call the Mayor of New York to protest this build. . The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America
Muslims are planning to build a mosque on ground zero after they destroyed the twin towers. We need as many people as possible to call the Mayor of New York to protest this build.

Whatever you think about Muslims, they do not like you even if they are friendly toward you. If you think you can be the friend of a Muslim click on the link below.

East Berlin’s First Mosque: The Muslims Are Coming! – SPIEGEL .
“In our experience, the protests stop as soon as we start to build the mosque . every mosque they’ve built has met with local protests and resistance. . 11, 2001, at the invitation of William Timken, America’s ambassador to Germany
The Muslims Are Coming! By Michael Scott Moore and Jochen-Martin Gutsch in Berlin
A citizens’ group in Berlin turned out this week for a candlelight vigil to protest plans for a new mosque in their neighborhood. It will be the first to be built in the former East Berlin, where almost no Muslims live – but no one can quite explain why it shouldn’t be there.

Anti-mosque Protest |
But the movement to prevent the building of a Mega Mosque at Ground Zero . of America’, “but we are here today to condemn the kind of mosque that will .. reasons – their qualms and resistance need to be respected. The uproar over a proposed mosque near ground zero is predicated around the idea that this specific site was inappropriate for a mosque because of its proximity to the place where Islamic terrorists killed thousands of Americans. The logic is still, not even very subtly, anti-Muslim – it only makes sense if you believe that Muslim-American worshipers are sympathetic to Muslim terrorists. Now a community on Staten Island is opposing another proposed mosque, and without the pretense that it’s motivated by anything but outright hostility toward Muslims.

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Akinola July 23, 2010 - 7:53 pm

“Pathetic” and “laughable”. So you described my comments. But I have to believe that they are true and accurate since you did not offer countercomments in defense of your descriptions?

Ti o ba fe ki n kuro, a dara ki o ro’nu daradara ki o to ma ko nkan ti o nko so’ri ero itakun agbaye.

Paul I. Adujie July 22, 2010 - 3:18 pm

Akinola, your comments are palpably pathetic and yet, profoundly laughable! Kindly accept my chuckles and guffaws!

Kuro jare!

Akinola July 22, 2010 - 2:20 pm

Lawyer Adujie: “Refudiate” is a word in the same vein “fantabulous” is. “Refudiate” may not yet be included in English lexicons but “fantabulous” did not make the list either until late 20th century or so even though it was used constantly before then. Peoples of all languages invent/device new words everyday. Professor Wole Soyinka makes a habit of it!

But that point aside, I am not surprised to read your opinion on the issue of the mosque. I could have guessed it as easily as you could have guessed mine. I just had to let you know that lest you think you are fooling someone with your baseless Constitutional justification for defending Islamism.

Aren’t you the same guy who defends Hamas/”Palestinians” and lambaste Jews? Don’t you support the right of the loonies in Iran to have nuclear weapons? Don’t you despise Conservatives like Sarah Palin but love marxists like Barack Hussein Obama? Isn’t New York Times; the paper of criminal record, your only trusting source of information? Doesn’t the word “Republican” turn your stomach and the word “democrat” sound like a love song to your ears?… How then could we possibly have expected you to take a position on the issue other than the one you espoused in your piece?

But why must you always be on the wrong side of all issues: moral, social, political, legal, ethical, religious, historical,…? Are you really that firm in your discredited ideology/philosophy that you have to follow it over the cliff in all that you write?

“Islamophobia in America”? “Islam and muslims under siege”? The last time I checked, muslims (male and female) got all the protection and rights right here in America. More protection and more rights than they could possibly be given in ANY ISLAMIC COUNTRY in the world, or that could possibly be given to any non-muslim in any Islamic country! We even have a President who promised to defend Islam in America in his Cairo speech. How much more support do you want for muslims and Islam in America? Oh, I know.

People like you who are for total compliance will never be happy until ALL AMERICANS give up their true Constitutional right to assemble in opposition to something they believe is damaging to their society as Islam is. And why won’t they believe that? Isn’t the evidence all over the globe? But then again, you probably aren’t aware of the evidence since your only source of information is New York Times; the paper of criminal record.


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