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Ground Zero Mosque in development under a new name

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Ground Zero Mosque in development under a new name

Author Pamela Geller, who is also free speech activist, is bringing attention to the fact that real estate developer Sharif El-Gamal is still insisting on building a mosque in New York City, which is considered as dangerously close to where the World Trade Center used to stand. “We are still building an Islamic museum and sanctuary,” he told the “New York Times” on Friday. Geller points out, “An Islamic sanctuary is a mosque.”

The article described 45 Park Place as a 665-foot tower with “a 43-story condominium that will soon rise three blocks from the World Trade Center”. There will also be a $41 million duplex penthouse. According to the “New York Times”, the building “replaces the developer’s 2010 plan to build a 15-story Islamic mosque and cultural center on this site, an idea that erupted into a national controversy and cable news network bonanza.”

The Ground Zero mosque scheme was formerly known as Park51, but that name has since been changed.

“We are still building an Islamic museum and sanctuary,” says the developer behind the Ground Zero Mosque scheme, Sharif El-Gamal.

Many Americans have protested and voiced their concerns about the “insensitivity” of Muslims.


Gellar pointed out that “The 16-story mosque that El-Gamal initially planned to build there has not been built. Our efforts in showing what an insult it was to the American people and to the victims of 9/11, and how many Muslims worldwide would inevitably view it as a triumphal mosque built on the site of a jihad attack, defeated it. Now El-Gamal plans an Islamic Museum, which is just as much of an insult; it will be like having a Museum touting the glories of the Japanese Empire at Pearl Harbor. A genuine Islamic Museum that detailed the 1,400-year history of jihad warfare, cultural annihilation, land appropriation and enslavement would be appropriate at that location, but El-Gamal’s museum is certain to be a whitewash of the doctrine and history of jihad and a paean to imaginary Muslim contributions to various important inventions and achievements.”

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“An Islamic museum ‘is just as much of an insult,’ Gellar said.  In an email she wrote, ‘It will be like having a museum touting the glories of the Japanese Empire at Pearl Harbor.’”

How do you feel about about this development? Do you think that it is an insult to the victims of jihadis?

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