At the New York City Council hearing on Wal-Mart Thursday, the unions sent their people in force. No doubt they were handsomely paid for their time and trouble, as well as for their heckling of the freedom fighters who turned out and for their declarations of support for the Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero. Inside the hall the hearing was no better. One councilman after another spoke out against Wal-Mart, saying that blocking it was a human rights issue, and that it would lead to joblessness and discrimination. They likened Wal-Mart employees to slaves and trotted out a Leftist “expert” from Chicago who explained how it would make small businesses close far and wide.
As Pamela Geller says: “None of these speakers noticed the irony. None of them seemed for a moment to stop and wonder why they were subjecting Wal-Mart to such intense scrutiny while greenlighting a mega-mosque at Ground Zero without even the most cursory examination of the background — both financial and ideological — and goals of the mosque organizers. None of them said anything about the jobs lost and the businesses closed because of the 9/11 attacks, and about the grotesque insult and injustice it would be to allow the construction of a triumphal mosque dedicated to the same belief-system that the 9/11 hijackers held right on the spot of their mass-murder. None of them said anything — or probably knew anything — about Islamic slavery and how it persists in some countries even today, or about the horrifying injustices against women and non-Muslims that are codified in the Islamic law (Sharia) so beloved of Imam Rauf, Imam Adhami, and the other people behind the Ground Zero mosque.”
The Council members didn’t want to hear anything about the mosque, of course. They certainly didn’t want to hear anything about their own hypocrisy. But any free citizen who wasn’t bought and paid for could see it plainly. The fix was in just as unmistakably as it was in the Community Board and Landmarks Commission hearings that railroaded the mosque through — only this time, instead of being in a rush to gloss over every problem, every objection, every shady dealing and financial discrepancy and link to terror of the mosque organizers, the Council members were determined to examine every inch of Wal-Mart’s record, in a vain search for some mud they could sling.
If they had subjected the mosque to that kind of scrutiny, it would have been disallowed months ago.
And so we fight on. This was just a skirmish in a long, long war. As long as the mosque is not built, it ain’t over. We will never give up.
Photos above courtesy Pamela Geller, who has more on the hearing here. Finally, it was good to see so many freedom fighters there, including Pamela Hall of SIOA and the Vigilant Squirrel Brigade; 9/11 family member Nelly Braginsky; Christopher Logan of Logan’s Warning; and our own longtime Jihad Watch commenter “Awake,” who is with me in this photo (I’m the one on the right):