Exclusive: The Epicenter of the World

by D.L. ADAMS July 21, 2010
The epicenter of the world is located in two places - Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at Ground Zero in Manhattan, New York.
 
When Soviet Communism collapsed in 1989 many in the West believed that we had entered a post-historical world; they were wrong. There would be no “peace dividend” – instead, we now have a reinvigorated ideological existential enemy.
 
The events of 9/11 signaled a fundamental shift in how the world functions, or does not function. Our response to 9/11 will determine the future of humanity.
 
Freedom of religion is guaranteed to us by our Constitution. This also means that we have freedom from religion; we can choose what we want to believe. This is not the case in Islam.
 
According to Islamic Sharia law, apostates (one who leaves Islam) are to be killed. This is compliant with the commands of both Allah and Mohammed in Koran, Sira, and Hadith, the trilogy doctrine of Islam.
 
Death for apostasy is sanctioned in Sharia law and is required according to the Koran.
 
They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them (Koran, 4:89) (Please see Bostom, Death for Apostasy)
 
Nonie Darwish, noted human rights activist, author, and Executive Director of Former Muslims United, sent a “Freedom Pledge” letter to the leaders of the proposed Ground Zero mosque Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan on October 20, 2009. Signatories of the Pledge promise to not harm or harass or commit violent acts against apostates and to respect the Bill of Rights which guarantees Americans freedom of speech and religion. “We reach out to you with a sincere hope that you and your organization will join with us in ensuring peace and justice, safety and freedom for Muslims,” the letter states, “and former Muslims alike.”
 
The leadership of the Cordoba House mosque, now called Park51, neither acknowledged nor replied to the FMU Pledge. Ignoring the FMU Freedom Pledge when received appears to be the universal response from the “moderate” Muslim community in the US.
 
As Freedom of Religion (and freedom from religion) is a Constitutional guarantee, Islamic apostasy tradition and laws are both barbaric and unconstitutional. This would suggest that the Ground Zero mosque or any mosque cannot then be built anywhere within the United States as the ideology promulgated in mosques is in opposition to the Constitution.
 
Article 6 of the US Constitution states:
 
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;
 
Islam does not subordinate to the law of the United States; nor does its system of law, Sharia.
 
Mohammed said, ‘I have been directed to fight the kafirs until every one of them admits, “There is only one god and that is Allah.”Whoever says, “There is only one god and that is Allah,” his body and possessions will be protected by me except for violations of Islamic law, in which case his fate is with Allah, to be punished or forgiven as he sees fit. (Hadith Bukhari; 4, 52, 196)
 
Not only is submission to Sharia law required of all Muslims according to Islamic doctrine and law, it is also required of all non-Muslims.
 
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.” (Koran, 9.29)
 
If the leadership of the Ground Zero mosque refuses to repudiate the Islamic obligation of killing those who leave Islam, the mosque (and its teachings) then is outside the bounds of Constitutional law (in fact, contrary to it) and should be considered ineligible to exist at that or any other place where the US Constitution is in force.
 
The site of the proposed mosque at Ground Zero is hallowed ground – it is a war memorial. Thousands of American innocents were cruelly murdered there in an ideologically driven atrocity without precedent in American history. The ideology that motivated the atrocities of 9/11 is Islam and its perpetual war against non-Muslims, the Kafir; it is a self-deceiving and self-destructive lie to pretend that this is not so.
 
We do not live in a post-historical world. The fate of the future of the world depends on how we in the United States respond to 9/11 and subsequent events of Islamic hatred, intolerance and violence against us and other non-believers.  History shows that those societies that do not defend their civilizations are conquered.
 
Supporters of the Ground Zero edifice and other mosques around the country claim that since only a statistical few Muslims are involved in terrorism that we should therefore encourage the majority non-violent/non-jihadist “moderate” Muslims by supporting their mosque building. The fact that no churches and synagogues can be built in most Muslim countries and that some Muslim countries do not allow Jews to enter their territory is only marginally pertinent here.
 
What is pertinent is that “radical” and “moderate” Muslims all adhere to the same Koran; all adherents of Islam follow the commands of Allah and the model of Mohammed as written in Koran, Sira, and Hadith.
 
The most important point about the so-called “moderate” Muslims is that they are mainly silent. If there is a moderating strain in Islam, it is irrelevant because it is silent. The jihadists have the attention of the world because they are the ones committing atrocities while their “moderate” co-religionists assert again and again that “Islam is a religion of peace”.
 
The term “peace” is defined differently in the West than in Islam.
 
In the West “peace” means an absence of war; in the Islamic world the entire world is a world of war (dar al-harb) until it is under the dominion of Islam, a new Caliphate and Sharia law. Such a state of affairs would mean “dar aI-Islam” to any Muslim (“moderate” or not), a world of Islam and a world then, in their view, of “peace”. Such a world for the non-believer is too unpleasant to countenance.
 
Do we then facilitate dar al-Islam by allowing the construction of a massive mosque on the hallowed graves of our fellow innocent Americans murdered by adherents of Islam as they tried to destroy the “Great Satan” and foster Islamic rule in the West and thus bring about their concept of “peace” – the rule of Islam and Sharia law?
 
Are we unable now to conceive of an enemy driven by ideology though our history is replete with examples? How quickly we forget our history and wipe away its painful lessons of the cruelties committed by ideological fanatics running wars and committing atrocities to bring about (for them) a “pure” world.
 
 What is the doctrine that “moderate” Muslims follow? What do they believe when they say that they are Muslims? What does Koran, Sira, and Hadith tell them that they must do in order to be “Muslim”? The answer is unfortunately, hatred of the kafir and universal, perpetual jihad.
 
All adherents of Islam, “slaves of Allah”, are required to do jihad, it is an obligation repeated again and again in the Islamic doctrine by both Allah and Mohammed. If adherents are unable to actively participate in jihad, violence and war against the kafirs, they are obligated to support those who do with their money, and their words; to do otherwise is apostasy. As we have seen, the penalty for apostasy in Islam is… harsh.
 
If the entire Islamic community is obligated to participate in jihad as the highest calling that a Muslim can be involved in according to Koran, how can it make sense in any perspective whatever to allow a temple to this ideology to be built on the site of the Twin Towers – our memorial to our fellow American innocent victims of Islamic cruelty and fanaticism?
 
Do we forget so quickly our murdered innocents and the ideological motivations that fueled their murderers’ barbarism, hatred, and cruelty?
 
The epicenter of the world is Ground Zero and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. No monument to the ideology that motivated the murder of our innocent fellow Americans on 9/11 must ever be constructed there. Ground Zero is hallowed ground.
 
A center dedicated to glorifying and spreading the very same ideology that motivated the heinous murders of 9/11, built on the site of those murders, is an affront to the victims and an indictment of the moral and ethical confusion and weakness of our culture and society.
 
We abandon our past and overturn our future when we legitimize and honor this cruel ideology whose purpose is our destruction.
 
If we fail to sustain ourselves and refuse to acknowledge a state of war with an opposing ideology whose purpose, through jihad (cultural, political, economic, and active warfare against us) is our destruction we will lose our civilization. There is nothing at stake in this but everything.
 
DL Adams is an analyst and historian. Mr. Adams is Contributing Editor at Family Security Matters and New English Review.

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