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The Ground Zero Mosque:

Second Wave of the 9/11 Jihad Attacks

And the hits just kept coming.

In early December 2009, the New York Times—on its front page—heralded the arrival of a fifteen-story mega-mosque going up at Ground Zero. I, of course, began writing it up for Atlas Shrugs. It was shocking. I don’t know what was more grotesque: the jihadists’ triumphal mosque or the New York Times’ preening of it. The New York Times ran a piece entitled “Muslim Prayers Fuel Spiritual Rebuilding Project at Ground Zero;” the title was later changed to “Muslim Prayers and Renewal Near Ground Zero.”

 

The Times was enthusiastic:

The location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July. A presence so close to the World Trade Center, “where a piece of the wreckage fell,” said Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric leading the project, “sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.”

 

The Times article contained no quotes at all against the project. Imagine: a triumphal mosque built on the site of an Islamic victory, one no less unmistakable than the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosques on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which both assert the victory of Islam over Judaism. There are thousands of triumphal mosques marking the site of Islamic victories all over the Islamic world. The Ground Zero Mosque would be yet another. These triumphal mosques are either converted from churches, synagogues, and Hindu temples, or built over churches, synagogues, and Hindu temples that were destroyed in jihad attacks.