and the hidden meaning of the name Cordoba house,
Did the groups behind the “Ground Zero mosque” / Cordoba House / Park51 chose the site explicitly for its proximity to Ground Zero, and then spent
months boasting about it in the press. Those groups are the Cordoba Initiative (run by Feisal Abdul Rauf, the “Ground Zero mosque’s”
imam-to-be); the American Society for Muslim Advancement, or ASMA (run by Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan); and SoHo Properties (run by the aforementioned
Sharif el-Gamal, its CEO). Just a few brief but illustrative examples from the principals:
Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Ground Zero mosque’s imam-to-be, central figure behind the mosque project
He has refused to “repudiate the threat from authoritative sharia to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims,” a pledge issued nine
months ago by ex-Muslims under threat for their “apostasy.”
He refused to describe Hamas as a terrorist organization,
He is an open proponent of integrating sharia into the law of Western countries.
Regarding 9/11 specifically, Rauf told 60 Minutes in September 2001 that “United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.”
No transparency when it comes to funding.
Dutch Ministry denies subsidy for Ground Zero Mosque
However, on the website of the Cordoba Initiative, which wants to build the mosque, Asma on the contrary is indeed is listed as a partner
organization. Asma’s founder, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, moreover, is also chairman of the Cordoba Initiative.
[edit on 3-8-2010 by sweetliberty]