On The Occasion Of A Monumentally Significant Anniversary
The president of the USA made a number of remarks regarding the proposal to build what this newsletter refers to as the Ground Zero mosque. Those remarks deserve, indeed require, responses.
The complete transcript of the president’s words is available on this website. The excerpts reproduced here are unedited, which accounts for their length.
After taking questions from reporters on economic issues, the president was asked about the Ground Zero mosque.
You know, I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then, you know, fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society. And so I think that plays a role in it.
One of the things that I most admired about President Bush was, after 9/11, him being crystal clear about the fact that we were not at war with Islam.
We were at war with terrorists and murderers who had perverted Islam, had stolen its banner to carry out their outrageous acts. And I was so proud of the country rallying around that idea, that notion: that we are not going to be divided by religion; we’re not going to be divided by ethnicity; we are all Americans; we stand together against those who would try to do us harm.
Al Qaeda has not “perverted” Islam. Bin Laden understands the unequivocal message of the Koran, and, as this newsletter has been at pains to make clear, is carrying out the mandate of his bloodthirsty god.
And that’s what we’ve done over the last nine years, and we should take great pride in that. And I think it is absolutely important now for the overwhelming majority of the American people to hang onto that thing that is best in us: a belief in religious tolerance, clarity about who our enemies are — our enemies are al Qaeda and their allies, who are trying to kill us but have been — have killed more Muslims than just about anybody on Earth.
Muslims kill each other in appalling numbers, with the Sunni and Shia sects going through cycles of horror in which each tries to exterminate the other. The character of Islam is, due to its scriptural basis, homicidal. Muslims everywhere see the West and the USA as their enemies, and support the slaughter of innocents. The president implies that of all Muslim groups, only Al Qaeda is his nation’s implacable enemy; that is a dangerous untruth.
You know, we have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other. And I will do everything that I can, as long as I am president of the United States, to remind the American people that we are one nation, under God. And we may call that god different names, but we remain one nation. And, you know, as somebody who, you know, relies heavily on my Christian faith in — in my job, I understand, you know, the — the passions that religious faith can — can raise.
What is known is that the free citizens of the USA disagree on many issues, and will not oblige a president simply because he demands obedient unity; fascism does not deserve to be honored. The nation is not “under God,” as its constitution guarantees religious freedom to all, including atheists; that, too, is known. The USA is secular. Religious tests are forbidden as requirements for public service. Various faiths do not believe in the identical deity, a fact known to anyone who has studied the god of the Koran and the gods of other religious texts. The president is babbling here, delivering himself of empty slogans.
But I’m also respectful that people of different faiths can practice their religion, even if they don’t subscribe to the exact same notions that I do, and that they are still good people, and they are my neighbors and they are my friends, and they are fighting alongside us in our battles. And you know, I — I want to make sure that this country retains that — that sense of purpose, and I think tomorrow is a wonderful day for us to remind ourselves of that.
How to make sense of this incoherent verbiage? One can only note that September 11 is not a day for the nation to remind itself that everyone is good, for “everyone” includes people who believe the inhumane preachments of Mohammed are good.
After other topics have been covered in the news conference, the president’s remarks on the Ground Zero mosque begin with a reporter’s question:
REPORTER: I wonder if I can get you to weigh in on the wisdom of building a mosque a couple of blocks from Ground Zero. We know that the organizers have the constitutional right. What would it say about this country if they were somehow talked out of doing that? And hasn’t the Florida minister’s threat to burn a couple hundred copies of the Koran — hasn’t the threat itself put American lives in danger, sir?
OBAMA: Well, on the second — on your second question, there’s no doubt that when someone goes out of their way to be provocative in ways that we know can inflame the passions of over a billion Muslims around the world, at a time when we’ve got our troops in a lot of Muslim countries, that’s a problem. And it has made life a lot more difficult for our men and women in uniform, who already have a very difficult job.
With respect to the mosque in New York, you know, I think I’ve been pretty clear on my position here. And that is, is that this country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights; one of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely. And what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, you could build a synagogue on a site, if you could build a Hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site.
Obama distorts the discussion by implying that constitutional rights are involved. They are not. No one has said Muslims do not have a legal right to build their Ground Zero mosque; pretending that legal questions are raised is deceitful. The nation is concerned by Muslim triumphalism, insensitivity, and inhumanity. Further, to compare churches, synagogues and Hindu temples to mosques is dishonest and invidious, for the teachings of Islam set mosques apart from the buildings of all other major faiths. Obama’s implication, of course, is that all faiths are alike; they are not. Of the world-wide religions, Islam is uniquely lacking in humane sensibilities. It preaches literal, eternal war against all who refuse to submit to it.
Now, I recognize the extraordinary sensitivities around 9/11. You know, I — I’ve met with families of 9/11 victims in the past. You know, I can only imagine the — the continuing pain and anguish and sense of loss that they may go through. And tomorrow, we as Americans are going to be joining them in prayer and remembrance.
But I go back to what I said earlier: We are not at war against Islam. We are at war against terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam or falsely used the banner of Islam to engage in their destructive acts. And we’ve got to be clear about that.
We’ve got to be clear about that because, if we’re going to deal with the problems that Ed Henry was talking about, if we’re going to successfully reduce the terror threat, then we need all the allies we can get. The — the — the — the folks who are most interested in a war between the United States or the West and Islam are al Qaeda. That’s what they’ve been banking on.
Obama is wrong. The Muslim enemy is banking on the West’s degenerate weakness.
And fortunately, the overwhelming majority of Muslims around the world are peace-loving, are interested in the same things that you and I are interested in: how do I make sure I can get a good job, how can I make sure that my kids get a decent education, how can I make sure I’m safe, how can I improve my lot in life. And so they have rejected this violent ideology for the most part, overwhelmingly.
This is a collection of partial truths stated to simplify the issue.
And so from a national security interest, we want to be clear about who the enemy is here. It’s a handful, a tiny minority of people who are engaging in horrific acts — and have killed Muslims more than anybody else.
Muslim killing Muslim is a hoary tradition, and the assertion that Al Qaeda’s scriptural basis is not accepted by the vast majority of Muslims around the world is a falsehood. Virtually all who claim to be Muslims insist that the Koran is the inerrant record of the wishes of the creator of mankind.
The other reason it’s important for us to remember that is because we’ve got millions of Muslim-Americans, our fellow citizens, in this country. They’re going to school with our kids. They’re our neighbors. They’re our friends. They’re our coworkers. And, you know, when we start acting as if their religion is somehow offensive, what are we saying to them?
To answer the ridiculous question: we tell them that if they do not ignore as null and void many of the commandments their god gives them in that holy book, we can never see them as law-abiding, decent citizens of the West. There would be nothing wrong with that.
I’ve got Muslims who are fighting in Afghanistan, in the uniform of the United States armed services. They’re out there putting their lives on the line for us. And we’ve got to make sure that we are crystal clear for our sakes and their sakes: they are Americans. And we honor their service. And part of honoring their service is making sure that they understand that we don’t differentiate between “them” and “us.” It’s just “us.” And — and — and that is — is a principle that I think is — is — is going to be very important for us to — to sustain. And I think tomorrow is an excellent time for us to — to reflect on that. Thank you very much, everybody.
Muslims willing to ignore the bloodthirsty nonsense in the Koran deserve to be treated as we treat Methodists, Lutherans and Orthodox Jews. Those who insist on living by and imposing sharia do not deserve residence or citizenship in Western nations. Muslim members of the US armed services must understand the implications of their voluntary role as warriors in a Western military; if they do not, they must be discharged.
If you disagree with this newsletter’s position on these issues, you might consider informing yourself as to exactly what the Koran says about Muslims and unbelievers. You might be surprised to discover that while many millions of Muslims simply keep their heads down rather than offend the totalitarians in Islam, the presumed “moderate Muslims” are far more likely to come down on the side of Koranic fundamentalism than on an enlightened view of the absurdities and fabrications of Islamic holy writ. Witness the lunacy in the Muslim world over the burning of Korans by a US preacher with a penchant for publicity; if the Danish cartoon outrage were not instructive enough of the profound insanity at the core of Islam, this latest incident should complete the picture. Finally, compare Western reaction to the Ground Zero mosque with Muslim reaction to the Koran-burning and the cartoons; there are many non-Muslims in the USA who hope the mosque will be built, and press their view in perfect safety.
Meanwhile, it must be recognized that Islamic missionaries know their enemy. They understand better than do most US non-Muslims what it means when the FBI (part of Holder’s “Justice” Department) visits the pastor who wants to burn the Koran and stays away from the militant mullah behind the Ground Zero mosque. They know what Obama is saying and why he says it. They understand his words, while many Westerners do not, for the Muslims recognize The One’s utterances as the whining, posturing casuistry of a moral coward. They know no politician or public figure in the West will stand up and say, “To be a Muslim is to cast serious doubt on your qualifications as a citizen of a Western nation. There are certain things you simply cannot believe — certain rules by which you simply cannot live — and enjoy the benefits of our civilization.” (A probable exception is Geert Wilders.)
Contrary to Obama’s sophomoric, spineless claim, it’s not a matter of religion. It’s a matter of ethics, values, and the commitment to Liberty. When a self-proclaimed religion subsumes governance and destroys decency, it becomes a political problem, and it must be dealt with by the body politic. Religious Liberty, as it is understood in the West, need not be extended to repressive political systems that claim to be divinely inspired. Muslims are not somehow just like Presbyterians and Amish.
When Obama tries to solve the ethical problem posed by the Ground Zero mosque by first misconstruing it as a legal problem and then lecturing the citizenry on expediency, he strikes at the very heart of the Enlightenment values that animate Western political sophistication. Such men are in but not of a culture that sustains Liberty.
This newsletter, therefore, welcomes the attempt to build the Ground Zero mosque. It is an opportunity for everyone to understand how the current leadership of the USA thinks about fundamental issues. It is an opportunity to learn a great deal about the Koran, the mandates of the Muslim god, the mindsets of Muslims everywhere, and the threat to Western Civilization. It drives home the points that Islam is inhumane, obstinate, implacable, triumphalist and very, very dangerous.
As this is written, the world’s citizens commemorate the catastrophe of September 11, 2001. Remember, it happened not only in New York, but in Washington…and notably over Pennsylvania, where a handful of ordinary people stood up to suicidal fanatics and foiled their plot. That last point should be celebrated as an object lesson: the general public often has more common sense and sheer courage than those who lead the nation.
Of all the government agencies that could and should have been involved in defending the nation from the Muslim assault, only the Fire Department of the City of New York deserves unqualified praise. Those incredibly dedicated men, along with the passengers on United 93, are this newsletter’s heroes.
On this terrible anniversary, our thoughts are of them. May their families and friends know that these amazingly brave people are and will be remembered and revered. They are pride-inspiring examples for all who hope to live in safety and Liberty.