Robert Spencer: The Ground Zero Mosque and Media Sleight of Hand


In PJ Media today, I discuss how, with regard to the vaunted Ground Zero Mosque project, the mainstream media and the Islamic supremacist developers declared victory and got out, a la Vietnam.

The irony could not have been thicker: the New York Post
reported Sunday that one year after the notorious Park51 “community
center” opened “with great fanfare,” it was “now an empty space with no
community programs.” Park51, you may recall, is the official name of
what is more famously known as the Ground Zero mosque. The entire
controversy over the Ground Zero mosque is an illuminating example of
how the media manipulates public perceptions.

Now the central deception — that the Ground Zero mosque was never really a mosque at all “” has been fully revealed. The Post
continued: “What’s more, while the developers behind Park51 insisted
for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to
be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place
Friday for prayer services “” but that’s the only activity in the

This is the ignominious denouement of the institution that its
developer, Sharif El-Gamal, once boasted would soon be “the most famous
community center in the whole world.” El-Gamal wasn’t the only one
boasting: when Park51 officially opened last year, reporters from all
over the world contacted Pamela Geller and me, as the leaders of the
national opposition to the Ground Zero mosque, asking us for comment on
the “fact” that we had “lost,” that the “community center” was opening
despite our opposition.

But this was a case of a defeated side declaring victory and getting
out, a la Vietnam. As both Geller and I made repeatedly clear at the
height of the Ground Zero mosque controversy, we were well aware that
Muslims were gathering for prayers in the Burlington Coat Factory
building that had been extensively damaged in the September 11, 2001
attacks, and had no objection to that.

What we were objecting to was the planned sixteen-story mega-mosque that the less than solvent El-Gamal and his erstwhile partners, the unsavory and dishonest Islamic supremacists Faisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan,
planned to build on that site after they tore down the Burlington Coat
Factory building, as that would have been a triumphal mosque built on
the site of a jihad victory, like the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple
Mount. Once Americans voiced their opposition in huge numbers to that
planned victory mosque, and we exposed the developers” Islamic supremacist ties and many shady financial dealings, the project was put on indefinite hold.

As Pamela Geller explained:

Rauf has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. “¦ Rauf’s book What’s Right with Islam
says on the copyright page that “this edition was made possible through
a joint effort of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
and the office of Interfaith and Community Alliance of the Islamic
Society of North America (ISNA). Funding for this project was provided
by IIIT.” Both IIIT and ISNA are Muslim Brotherhood fronts, and ISNA was
named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Hamas
terror funding case.

Rauf refused to condemn Hamas until the public outcry became too
great for him to ignore. He was a prominent member of the Perdana
organization, which bankrolled the jihad flotilla sent against Israel
last year, on which the “peaceful” passengers were chanting a genocidal
and antisemitic Islamic jihad chant.

Also, Rauf has said that “the U.S. and the West must acknowledge the
harm they have done to Muslims before terrorism can end.” He has claimed
that “Western active involvement in shaping the internal affairs of
Islamic societies have contributed to the creation of terrorism done in
the name of Islam.” In other words, defending ourselves against jihad
terrorism just creates jihad terrorism, so we should stop defending

Rauf has carried his blame game even farther, claiming: “We tend to
forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its
hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims.” He even
said on 60 Minutes shortly after 9/11 that Osama bin Laden was “made in the USA.”

The Arabic translation of Rauf’s book What’s Right with Islam is disturbingly titled A Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble: Islamic Dawa in the Heart of Post-9/11 America. This indicates that he planned for years to spread Islam and Sharia from the site of the 9/11 attacks.

There is more.

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  1. says

    Oh come on now, The Ground Zero Mosque and every other masjid and imam in North America and elsewhere teach nothing but love and peace and mutual respect and religious equality and tolerance and lollipops and gumdrops and puppy dogs.

    Nothing to be concerned about. Nothing at all.

  2. says

    The lame stream media is worthless, we all know that by now.

    But the Muslims will be back with the GZ mosque.

    Remember, its not a matter of one or two years, its a matter of decades, sometimes centuries.

    They will be back when the time is right…..

  3. says

    … declared victory and got out, a la Vietnam.

    When, pray, did this transpire? As I recall, we left in our socks, shamefully abandoning many of those who fought with us. I was in the Army at the time and watched it on TV with a roomful of people who had served there. A black day — and I don’t remember hearing anyone “declare victory.”

  4. says

    This subject of the Ground Zero Mosque was brought up during the qusetion part of a night lecture about Islam in a church in York Pa. One of the speakers was an Arab Christian, Rev.Joseph Moussa, who was for Syria and lived in that country for many years said that the messege of the construction of this mosques bw taken as “You see what we did here ? We brought down the Twin Towers and buld up a mosque.” Furthermore the other speaker, Dr. Shayesteh, is from Iran, livef ther for many years and was a Muslaim ans a Hezbollah member and is notw a Christian explained that that building of this Ground Zero Mosque will be taken as the message that “We have killed and have been victorious.” This is the real message if this Mosque and the cover story that it is just a “cross cultural center” is a false claim, a smokescreen and a lie. Morover, in the book ISLAM:THE HOUSE I LEFT BEHIND by Dr.Shayesth on page 99 it reads “The mosque is vital for establishing Muslims as sovereign over non-Muslims in a non-Islamic socety. Building a mosque in a non-Islamic society or country symbolizes Islam’s claim over that society or country ,enen with a non-Muslim majority.”

  5. says

    Papa Whiskey,

    First let me say thank you very much for serving our country and keeping us safe.

    I can’t speak for the author, but I took the article to mean that Vietnam wasn’t a victory, and of course, the administration at the time was criticized and they, to save face, lied and said “oh there were lots of victories, we did change some things” etc.

    Same thing here, GZ mosque supporters are claiming victory – see, its a community center preaching love and welcoming all religions…

    When in fact, its just another mosque preaching jihad, and they wanted to have pictures and gold plaques of the hijackers on a waterfall background wall, to honor those who gave their life for Allah…all the while killing 3k innocents that day.

    I am still confused, tho, I thought we won the battle against the GZ Mosque. I thought it wasn’t built, at least not there. Was it built elsewhere I take it?