PROTEST THIS MOSQUESTROSITY
NEW YORK: February 3rd, Protest the Ground Zero mosque at NYC Council hearings, 49-51 CHAMBERS STREET 12:45PM
WASHINGTON DC: February 11th, CPAC FOR DEBATE AND WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF AFDI/SIOA'S DOCUMENTARY: The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks 3pm Maryland Ballroom. R.S.V.P GROUNDZEROMOSQUE@AOL.COM
AFDI/SIOA VICTORY: RAUF OUT!: Ground Zero Mosquestrosity Names New Imam: Abdullah Adhami UPDATE: Daisy the Khan Out, too
Earlier on Friday I broke the story of the connection between the new Ground Zero mosque imam Abdullah Adhami and the World Trade Center bombing co-conspirator imam Siraj Wahhaj. Abdullah is so enamoured with the terror imam that he volunteered to design the masjid At-Taqwa, where Imam Siraj Wahaj incites his followers. This further demonstrates the true nature and belief system of the Islamic supremacists behind the Ground Zero mega mosque. I will continue to expose their stealth jihad, and they intend to bring in an army of imams to the Ground Zero victory mosque.
Jamie Glazov of Front Page Magazine was on Fox and Friends this morning discussing what Atlas exposed on Friday about the Ground Zero Mosquestrosity's new imam Abdullah Adhami, who calls co-conspirator in '93 WTC bombing Siraj Wahhaj "Our Beloved Imam": "Siraj Wahhaj is the voice of the spirit of Islam in America and its pride."
Mr. Abdul Rauf would remain on its board.
“While Imam Feisal’s vision has a global scope and his ideals for the Cordoba movement are truly exceptional, our community in Lower Manhattan is local,” said Mr. Gamal, referring to the imam’s longstanding work in promoting interfaith understanding. “Our focus is and must remain the residents of Lower Manhattan and the Muslim American community in the greater New York area.”
The imam’s efforts have taken him on State Department speaking tours in the Middle East. On Saturday, he was to begin a United States speaking tour.
Paid for by US taxpayers.
The differences between the imam and Mr. Gamal have been evident on a wide range of issues for many months, said Muzaffar A. Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute at the New York University School of Law and a friend of Mrs. Khan and her husband. The two men have differed over the size of the project, its commercial or noncommercial character, and whether it would be primarily a place for Muslims or for people of many faiths, he said.
But the divide was most apparent in the different names each leader has used for the project. The imam has always referred to the proposed Islamic center and mosque as the Cordoba House. To Mr. Gamal, a businessman and real estate developer, it is Park51.
In his announcement, Mr. Gamal said Friday services at the temporary mosque now operating in the building, previously conducted by Mr. Abdul Rauf when he was in town, would now be run by an imam, Abdallah Adhami, who has served another Lower Manhattan mosque for many years.
The new Ground Zero mosque imam's "beloved" mentor was a character witness in the trial of convicted terror plotter Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman.
Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1, which approved the Muslim center last spring, said Mr. Gamal, as owner of the property, had the right to “do as he wishes” on his project. Whether the reduced roles of Mr. Abdul Rauf and Ms. Khan would affect support, Ms. Menin said, “It’s too soon to know.”
Menin has no shame. She is a disgrace. More here.
Mr. Chishti, however, suggested that the prospects for raising the estimated $100 million it might cost to build the center would be diminished. “The groundswell of support we saw over the summer for this project was not a wave of support for a developer’s rights,” Mr. Chishti said. “It was support for a vision that was articulated by Imam Feisal.”
Here's the level of "support" they saw last summer:
Neither Mr. Abdul Rauf nor Mr. Gamal would agree to an interview on Friday, but each had someone speak on his behalf.
That snake is always hiding unless the deck is stacked. Notice that no mention is made in the Times of the lawsuits filed against him for defaulting on two different bank loans. And the predictable apologists at The Times also failed to mention that Sharif El-Gamal has not paid $224,270.77 in back property tax on the site, city records show.
Leyla Turkkan, a spokesman for Mr. Abdul Rauf, said the imam and his wife would “continue their leadership work in creating the Cordoba House,” and their efforts “to help build broader connection and understanding among people of all faiths.”
By most accounts, both Mr. Abdul Rauf and Mr. Gamal were surprised over the summer when their project drew such emotionally charged opposition, despite receiving the approval of Community Board 1 and the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
They were "surprised" when a 15-story mega-mosque at Ground Zero sparked pain and outrage.
Pamela Geller, a blogger who marshaled much of the opposition to what she termed “the ground zero victory mosque,” said the pushing aside of Mr. Abdul Rauf would not change much.
“It doesn’t matter whose face is out front,” she said. “We’re still against it.”
Photo from our last protest against the Ground Zero Mosque.