New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave remarks last night at an Iftar dinner he hosted at Gracie Mansion, with Daisy Khan, wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, and Ground Zero mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal in attendance. In part, Bloomberg said this:
“If we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site … we would undercut the values and principles that so many heroes died protecting. We would send a signal around the world that Muslim-Americans may be equal in the eyes of the law, but separate in the eyes of their countrymen. And we would hand a valuable propaganda tool to terrorist recruiters who spread the fallacy that America is at war with Islam.”
Imam Rauf, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the rest of the Islamists advocate for discrimination; they all work to impose sharia law here in America. We should send a couple of signals. First, America will not tolerate a mosque and “cultural center” being built overlooking where like-minded Muslims slaughtered 2,752 people. And we will never incorporate discriminatory sharia law into our rule of law.
Just for the record: the heroes of 9/11 died saving lives, not “values and principles.” In addition, it was Mayor Bloomberg who separated Muslims from Americans by calling them “Muslim-Americans.” Have you ever heard anyone call Baptists “Baptist-Americans” or Episcopalians “Episcopalian-Americans?”