While a slew of well-intended but clueless folks protest the proposed Islamic Center within an unacceptable propinquity to the hallowed Ground Zero, always referring to the proposed center as a mosque, I’d bet that most if not all were unaware of a mosque of sorts positioned and located in the Pentagon. Not two blocks from the Pentagon or a mile away but in the Pentagon. Yep, you heard right.
Justin Elliott’s superb piece in Salon entitled “Why did no one object to the ‘Pentagon mosque’? cites a 2007 Washington Times article that speaks almost glowingly of the practice of regular Islamic prayer services in the very building that was allegedly attacked by Muslims on 9/11. I needn’t remind you whom the Washington Times is owned by.
Yes, Muslims have infiltrated the Pentagon for their nefarious, prayerful purposes — daring to practice their religion inside the building where 184 people died on Sept. 11, 2001. They haven’t even had the sensitivity to move two blocks, let alone a mile, away from that sacred site. [Salon]
During the reign of 43, Dubya and Laura were most ecumenical in their recognition of the importance of validating Islam. The Washington Times piece, replete with grammatical and punctuation errata, provides this perspective from the Bush Security Council.
President and Mrs. Bush host an iftar dinner every year because they want people around the world to know how much they respect Islam and the many Muslims living in the U.S. who are free to worship as they want, and are an integral part of our society,”[sic] said Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council.
You’d think the anti-mosquers would have picked up on this and you’d further think that if they did, they’d be hard-pressed to justify the lunacy of objecting to the New York Islamic Center when the highest ranks of the Defense Department found nothing troubling about providing facilities within a building that was purportedly targeted and attacked by the very people praying. In fact New York City has more than 100 mosques, compared with 10 in 1970, and more than 800,000 of its 8.21 million residents are Muslims. [Source] In the U.S. there are approximately 850,000 Muslim Americans under the age of 18 in addition to the 1.5 million adults, for a total of 2.35 million Muslims nationwide. [Source]