Reactions to the construction of Cordoba House reveal more than ingrained
prejudice and hypocrisy; they reveal jealousy, incomprehensible attitudes of
self-importance, condescension, and patronization, ignorance that emphasizes
separation, and a possible conspiracy that can easily pass
It’s acceptable that Americans show
sensitivity to what has become hallowed ground – the area of destruction from
the greatest terrorist attack on United
States soil - given the name of “ground
zero.” It’s natural that many
Americans will question the construction of an Islamic Center that will stand
close to the hallowed ground – natural but not correct.
Those who view the attack on the
World Trade center as being a symbol in a struggle of ‘right vs. wrong’ should
recognize that there is no absolute right or wrong; “ground zero” is a symbol of
how the world too often goes wrong.
A century of western
interference in Middle East nations, dominating their resources,
delineating their borders, deciding
their rulers, destabilizing their political frameworks, waging dubious wars
which have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, occupying their lands
and generally creating havoc and misery don’t seem to have bothered western
leaders. A conditioned mind reacts automatically, senseless, irrational and
often to its own detriment.
Two city blocks north of ‘ground
zero,” and two
blocks south of the Warren street mosque, the Cordoba House, which contains a
mosque, is mainly a mixture of learning, art and culture with a 500-seat
auditorium, swimming pool, art exhibition spaces, and bookstores. The well
publicized antagonism to the Cordoba House follows the Pavlov reaction,
salivating at the sound before the food is delivered, but contains other
Odd that a mosque already exists two
blocks from the proposed Cordoba House and has not aroused comment. Since
mosques allow Muslim worshipers to find a place to genuflect rather having them
lay a prayer rug on a NYC street and disturb the City’s financial district’s
wall to curb pedestrian traffic, which is reported to sometimes occur outside an
overflowed Warren Street mosque, another mosque would be welcome. However, this building
is more than a mosque. It’s a testimonial that Muslims swim, read, think and eat
fast foods, just like all Americans. Since another mosque already exists close
to ‘ground zero,’ evidently it is Cordoba House’s added features that have
aroused resentment. Perhaps it seems exaggerated, but there is a lingering
feeling that the antagonism to the Cordoba House includes the ultimate of
anti-Semitism; “We don’t want you Semites to be part of us. You are Semites and
you will remain Semites.”
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A bewildering aspect of the Mosque
discussion is the involvement of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the
Street lobby, both of whom published
highlighted opinions of the Cordoba House. These organizations represent a
minority of a minority of Americans, and behave as if their words have super
importance. Who cares what they have to say?
The ADL reacted negatively to the
Muslim building, arguing that it is too close to ‘ground zero.’
On Islamic Community Center Near Ground Zero
... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following statement
regarding the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero in
of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even
have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in
attacking them is unfair, and wrong.
But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what
is right. In our judgment, building
an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some
victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not
some victims more pain?” Evidently,although poorly expressed, the ADL must mean
surviving relatives rather than the already dead. How revealing! The ADL
believes by supposition, or is it transference, without describing any polls,
that the opinion of a few (or how many?) Americans (Muslims also died in the
9/11 tragedy) have precedence over seven million Muslim Americans in determining
where Cordoba House should be constructed. Digest that and then answer the
question: Isn’t that the most extreme prejudice; the opinion of several
non-Muslim Americans is worth more than the want of millions of Muslim
This is the same ADL, which has been
sued on several occasions for violating privacy rights and assisting in false
charges of anti-Semitism.
Counter Punch, February
Spying Case Is Over, But The Struggle Continues
By Jeffrey Blankfort, Anne Poirier
and Steve Zeltzer
Plaintiffs in the of ADL Spying Case
“In 1993, the District of Attorney of
San Francisco released 700 pages of documents implicating the Anti-Defamation
League, an organization that claims to be a defender of civil rights, in a vast
spying operation directed against American citizens who were opposed to Israel's
policies in the Occupied West Bank and Gaza and to the apartheid policies of the
government of South Africa and passing on information to both
Jewish Daily Forward,
Judge Slams ADL for Hurting Couple
Tarred As 'Anti-Semites'
By MARC PERELMAN, FORWARD
"UPHOLDING most of a $10 million defamation
suit against the Anti-Defamation League, a federal judge in Denver has lambasted
the organization for labeling a nasty neighborhood feud as an anti-Semitic
event. The judge's opinion confirmed a
verdict reached last April by a federal jury, which essentially accused the
Denver chapter of the ADL and its regional representative,
Saul Rosenthal, of falsely portraying William and Dorothy Quigley as
anti-Semites. Mr. Quigley, an executive of the United Artists theater chain,
said his career in the "predominantly Jewish and close-knit" film business had
stalled after the incident.”
Detractors have accused the ADL of being a spokesperson for the foreign nation of Israel, using its influence to promote
Israel’s agenda and attacking those who criticize the agenda.
Haaretz Service 28.03.10
ADL: Carter has reverted to anti-Israel stance, despite recent apology
president Jimmy Carter's apology to the Jewish community over his anti-Israel
views should not be taken seriously, an Anti-Defamation League statement said
Sunday, claiming that Carter had continued attacking Israel even after sending
an apologetic letter to the leaders of the U.S. Jewish community.”
Street took a positive stance to the
J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following
principle at stake in the Cordoba House controversy goes to the heart of
American democracy and the value we place on freedom of religion. Should one
religious group in this country be treated differently than another? We believe
the answer is no.”
are the statements by ADL and J Street significant?
Should Muslim organizations also express their attitudes on synagogues and
churches constructed in the U.S.?
Let’s face it; if that happened almost all Americans would either smirk
or be confounded. Such is the power of conditioning.
there is a significance to these patronizing expressions of egotism and self
importance. The explanation might sound somewhat conspiratorial, but where
Israel is involved conspiracies are unlimited.
and J Street exhibit the ‘bad guy’ and ‘good guy” approach that characterizes
Israeli politics – the Party in office is the ‘bad guy’ with oppressive
policies; the Party our of office is the ’good guy’ who will undo the oppressive
policies once it gains office. After gaining office, the ’good guy’ continues
the same policies and the merry-go-round starts once
grim stance reflects a brighter light on J Street, the ‘good guy’ during this
also that it is in Israel’s interests to present the local Israeli/Palestinian
conflict (actually an oppression that creates innumerable crises) as a conflict
between western democracy and a violent Islam. In this contest, Israel is the
sacrificing vanguard holding off the Muslim hordes. By expressing themselves,
the Israel oriented organizations create the appearance that the Cordoba House
is related to this argument,and since Israel poses itself as a Jewish state, the
Jews of the world are central to the decision on the Islamic Center’s fate Each of the organizations popularizes
the Clash of Civilizations, letting it churn in populace minds.
To enhance a
debate, they approach the argument from opposite sides, one being recalcitrant
and the other willing to compromise. Conditioning prevents the reality that both
organizations are patronizing and condescending.
a violent struggle between Fundamentalist Muslims and what they perceive as
corrupt oligarchs and those who they claim assist in the corruption. Basic facts and simple logic reveal there
is no conflict between Islam and the western world..
is the largest Muslim nation. Extremely devout, it is well integrated into the
west. Few of the Muslim nations show excessive antagonism to the western world,
and those who do, such as Libya can cite grievances.
occurs all over the world, and Muslims play major roles; in India, China and
Russia. Nevertheless, none of these nations consider the threats as part of an
overall conspiracy. It’s not Asia vs. Islam or Russia vs. Islam. Only the
conditioned U.S. represents the
attacks as a Clash of Civilizations.
irony is that the U.S. is the principal instigator of any Islamic threat. As
U.S. manufacture of essential products declines, manufacture of terrorists
increases. America’s main friends in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia, the
ultimate terrorist breeding ground, Pakistan, whose government previously
supported the Taliban and has elements still suspected of providing sustenance
to Al Qaeda fighters, and Israel,
whose oppressive policies against
the Palestinians and actions in Jerusalem have disturbed the Muslim world and
generated terrorists as fast as Katyusha rockets can be produced.
invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and their areas of vast destruction by U.S.
forces, including civilian deaths, and what can the U.S. expect other than
interested in demeaning the Islamic world, such as the Religious Right, can take
advantage of the situation. Condition Americans to identify Islam with the
reactive violence and they won’t realize the proactive instigation. U.S.
relations with the Arab world are
based on economic interests. U..S. relations with the Islamic world is a result
it is difficult to recondition an already conditioned view, not much can be done
to change Americans’ opinions of Islam. However, since ill conditioning leads to
blind actions and serious consequences, it behooves the
U.S. to make certain the new generation
is not conditioned to automatically reject or accept any persuasion. Start with
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