Family Security Matters Yesterday, Fox News broke with a truly shocking story. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been offering bids for managing the proposed 1,776 foot â€œOne World Trade Centerâ€ or â€œFreedom Towerâ€, to be built on the site of Ground Zero. Foxâ€™s legal analyst, Peter Johnson Jr., revealed that the Port Authority had narrowed the bidders down to two companies. One of these, called â€œRelated Companiesâ€, whose offices are based on West 56th Street, has financial partners who are organs of Muslim Arab states.
Mubadala Development Company, Kuwait Investment Authority and Olayan Group are among the strategic investors in Related Companies. Should the Port Authority offer the contract to Related Cos, these investorsâ€™ funds will be used to the new office tower and also the memorial building.
Mubadala is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, in the UAE, the Kuwait Investment Authority manages the funds of the Kuwaiti government, and Olayan Group is one of Saudi Arabiaâ€™s largest companies.
In Kuwait, although freedom of religion is endorsed, sharia law is a main source of legislation and in the United Arab Emirates, Islam is constitutionally enshrined:
â€œThe Constitution declares that Islam is the official religion of the country, and the Government defines all citizens as Muslims.â€
In Saudi Arabia, there is no religious freedom. Christians are banned from bringing Bibles or crucifixes into the country. Churches are forbidden from being built, and people have been jailed for holding private Christian worship. People are still beheaded for â€œsorceryâ€, and religious police enforce the strict dictates of sharia law.
It is a frightening thought that in the heart of Ground Zero, a company whose strategic funding includes money from these sources could potentially be in charge of the memorial to the 2,605 people who lost their lives on that spot, and that these investors could be making a profit from the offices in the â€œOne World Trade Centerâ€.
The attack upon the World Trade Center on September 9, 2001, was a singular act of terrorism that changed the world. An earlier attack on the WTC, planned by blind Egyptian â€œSheikhâ€ Omar Abdel Rahman and executed by Al Qaeda operative Ramzi Yousef, took the lives of 6 people and injured 1,042. Yousef had driven a truck laden with explosives into the car park beneath North Tower on February 26, 1993.
The destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11 caused the deaths of 2,605 people, with a further 371 killed in the attacks carried out on the same day by fanatical Muslims. For many people, the events of 9/11 are seared indelibly into their memories.
The decision, made in late May by a â€œcommunity boardâ€ in New York, to give permission to the construction of a 13 story mosque has brought protests. The proposed mosque and cultural center is almost adjacent to the site of Ground Zero. It will be headed by Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf. In 2004, this New York based imam had declared that:
â€œThe Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.â€
This attempt at whitewashing Islam is almost universal. No matter that Islamâ€™s founder sanctioned the taking of women as â€œwar bootyâ€ and in the Koran allowed for these female captives to be â€“ let us not mince words â€“ raped at will (see Sura 33: 50) , he is still a role model who must never be criticized, least of all lampooned in cartoons.
The New York â€œcommunity boardâ€ did not care that many people, including relatives of 9/11 victims, would object to their proposals. On June 6, thousands of protesters descended upon the site of the proposed Ground Zero mosque, to show their outrage.
Christina Regenhard, one of those who joined that protest, said: â€œSuch was the violence on 9-11 that my brother's remains were never found. He was killed by Islamists and now they want to build a mosque on his grave. Their victory will be complete.â€
There seems to be a pattern in this advancement over the painful memories of the recent past. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf heads two groups, ASMA (the American Society for Muslim Advancement) and the Cordoba Initiative (which he founded in 2004). Why would he choose such a name for his group?
Cordoba in Spain was the capital of an Islamic Caliphate in 10th century Spain. Cordoba was the center of the region known to Muslims as Al-Andalus. In his speeches, Osama bin Laden has called for the return of Al-Andalus to â€œMuslimsâ€. The Muslim invasion of Spain was initiated in 711 by a young Berber general for the Ummayad army called Tarek ibn Zayed. He gained a foothold on Spanish territory by striking fear into his enemies. It is reported that he took one of his war captives, cut him in pieces and threw the pieces into a boiling caldron. He then released the other captives, who spread the tale that the Muslim invaders boiled and ate their foes. When names such as Andalus, Cordoba, or even Tarek ibn Zayed are used, non-Muslims should question the motives of those who employ the name.
To an observer, it seems that there is a pattern of triumphalism by some elements of the Muslim world here. Most Muslims are good citizens, but an increasing number of Islamâ€™s public representatives and organizations are following an agenda of Islamism.
Sayyid Qutb was a leading figure in bringing Islamism to the world. He belonged to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and wrote books and pamphlets supporting jihad, attacking the West, attacking the Jews, until he was hanged in 1966. His most famous book is called Milestones. In this, he writes of there being a need for an Islamist â€œvanguardâ€, which sets out to conquer the unbelieving world: continued: http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.6471/pub_detail.asp