As I wrote here earlier, the newly refurbished narrative on the Ground Zero mosque is taking shape, and it's secular. lol. I Called this one back in February when I premiered our film, Ground Zero Mosque, Second Wave of the 911 Attacks, in Boston Which if you haven't seen, get it now, here.
Now that the Ground Zero mosque has had their three Islamic radicals, Daisy the Khan, Imam Feisal Rauf and Abdullah Adhami, exposed and removed, the media is aiding and abetting thug developer Sharif El-Gamal in re-framing the narrative by removing the religious component from the mega mosque and eliminating talk of imams and such. Enter stage right, the resurrection of thug developer Sharif El-Gamal, New Yorker, businessman, waiter! Here the Daily News turns over its oped pages to this charlatan. I assure you, no such opportunity has ever been afforded me. They know who and what he is, just look at previous news articles that ran about Gamal in that very same paper.
If you want to remove the religious component, remove the mosque. The 92Y, the YWCA, upper Westside JCC etc don't have temples or churches. Right now it is a mega-mosque with amenities (a gym, a pool, a pre-K).
Grifter Gamal has defaulted on not one but two hundred thousand dollar bank loans, was evicted from his SoHo office for failure to pay back rent, he owes $21,000 in fines on a property with 13 violations, and has spoken at an event for Hamas-linked CAIR. Thug Gamal has tweeted that he likes ti beat people up for “exercise & stress relief.” And he is lecturing us on tolerance.
He is the secular face of the "ccommunity center." In one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s documents delineating its strategy for Islamizing the United States and entered into evidence in the largest Hamas funding trial in American history, it calls for the establishment of “centers” that will function in American cities much like Muhammad’s base in Medina. From Medina, Muhammad conquered and Islamized the Arabian Peninsula.
He always mentions that he had a Polish Catholic mother and Egyptian Muslim father. But they divorced over religion, and on her deathbed, his mother allegedly made a death wish that the boys not be brought up Muslim (but after her death, El-Gamal's father got his claws into the boys and took them to Egypt). And the rest is Ground Zero mosque history.
The latest idea to move the Ground Zero mosque forward is to paint the Ground Zero Mosquestrosity as a secular (chuckle) enterprise by a real New Yawker. This is part of the morphing mosque narrative. I remember back in early 2010, in the very beginning of this attack on Ground Zero. When the American people first heard of the stab in the eye, the Ground Zero mosque, they were floored and outraged, so Islamic supremacists behind the project said, it's not a mosque (despite the fact that it said it was a mosque on their website), it was a prayer space (a prayer space is a mosque), and then it was a prayer component, and so it goes .......
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Talk to 10 people about the "Ground Zero Mosque" and you'll get 10 different views of what they think it is and where it is located.
Nah, everybody hates the idea of a mega mosque on Ground Zero.
About one year after the debate over this project became a national controversy, let's set the record straight, again. First: It is not a mosque, nor is it on Ground Zero. Park51, which is the name of the project, is first and foremost an Islamic community center, modeled after the Jewish Community Center on the upper West Side.
First off, it is a mosque. Has he removed the mosque. Aristotle said A is A. Geller says, a mosque is a mosque. Secondly, it is Ground Zero. That very building was partially destroyed in the attacks of 911. It is a war memorial and should be the last place that a triumphal mosque should be erected.
And again, the JCC is not a synagogue. But an "islamic center" is part of the Muslim Brotherhood program of Islamic imperialism.
When completed, the center will contain a gym, a pool, a pre-K, a daycare facility, an amphitheater, a culinary institute, a 9/11 memorial and more. There will be a separate prayer
space for the Muslim community living and working downtown.
The site is two-and-half blocks north of Ground Zero - next to a McDonald's, several bars and delis. Once completed, you won't even be able to see Ground Zero from the building.
As with the JCC, membership to the community center will be open to all New Yorkers, especially those who reside in lower Manhattan. This is actually a critical point. Since 9/11, the area has undergone dramatic demographic shifts. There are now more baby strollers there than briefcases. We need this type of facility. That is why community leaders have been so supportive from the start.
The JCC does not have a temple and that area is not residential, it's the financial center.
As for non-Muslims being welcome, it appears they will be paying more. Go here.
But as clear as our vision is, lots of misperceptions persist. As the developer behind Park51 and the person who has put so much of my own company's resources into realizing this dream, I feel obligated to clear them up.
One: Over the past few months, I have regrettably let others present themselves as the face of this center. That was a mistake. From the beginning, I have been, and continue to be, in charge of its direction and implementation moving forward.
In addition, contrary to some confusing statements reported in the press, Park51 will not move its location. It has taken us nine years to find and purchase this unique piece of real estate, and we have worked hard to win approval from Community Board 1.
More importantly, we believe it violates American values to essentially declare what would be a Muslim-free zone here or anywhere else in the country.
Trash talk from a liar. Nowhere ever did anyone ever say a "Muslim-free zone," but this is what they do. They must lie to cover for the truth.
Despite enormous challenges, Park51 has made extraordinary strides since we purchased the land roughly a year and a half ago.
We have applied for our nonprofit status with the IRS. We have been approved to function as a charity by the state attorney general's office. We have developed preliminary architectural designs. We have conducted market research. We have formulated programming and launched a website. We currently have a founder's board and will be expanding this in the coming months
In other words, he has accomplished nothing, and we have been successful in impeding the construction of the Ground Zero mega mosque. Looking forward to parsing the names on his "founders board."
We will soon hire senior executives, start interim programming within the temporary space, and launch a fund-raising campaign.
Man can't pay his taxes or his rent. Where is he getting the dough for this new huge GZM payroll?
As we speak, my investors and I are aggressively moving to secure financing, both private and public. It will take time, as any major construction project does - just look at the World Trade Center site.
He has no dough and we will fight to make sure he does not get taxpayer money.
But Park51 has pledged that our financing will be made public, that we will not take any funds from entities or governments hostile to America. We will work with the relevant government agencies to make sure all our funding is vetted and approved.
Like who? Holder?
My story embodies the American Dream. I was born in Brooklyn to a Catholic mother and Egyptian father.
Here again, he is so dishonest. As if this was a wondeful inter-faith marriage, when in fact his Catholic mother divorced the father because of "religious differences." She demanded, on her deathbed, that the boys not be raised Muslim. We see how that worked out.
As a college dropout, I started what has become a successful real estate development company. I met my wife, an all-American girl from the Hamptons, here in Manhattan. My daughters learned to swim at the upper Westside JCC, where we are members.
The upper West side JCC does not have a synagogue, and the Jews are inclusive. They do not teach annihilation and ethnic cleansing.