How Much Worse Can the Mosque Bashers Get? Ask Big John

On Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), speaking of the controversy over the building of a mosque near Ground Zero, said troops in Afghanistan are being asked to find common ground with Muslims. “If we can’t do that here in the United States, we’re going to have a very difficult time over there,” Reed said.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas (left) responded that “It’s unwise to build a mosque in the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as the result of a terrorist attack.” –The Washington Post, Aug. 16

In the site?”  I had to highlight Big John’s words, which are not only wrong but inflammatory. The mosque is being built within a larger community center two blocks from Ground Zero, as everyone should know unless they’ve been in a coma for the last few months. Cornyn’s statement is scare propaganda at its worst, and it was carefully calculated to be just that. He knows that the mosque is not being built “in the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives”  but he also knew his audience last Sunday morning–those who believe that everything said on Fox News is gospel–and that this lie would spread around the country about as fast as it takes to hit “send.” ( I can see it now: “I-just-love-my-country” Glenn Beck, tears streaming as he points to his blackboard with a drawing of a domed mosque rising out of the ashes of Ground Zero. I bet he won’t mention that a hangout called the Pussycat Lounge is just a few blocks from the hallowed site as well, with thanks to Andrea Mitchell for reporting that little tidbit on MSNBC.)

Such a  lie was not dropped casually or inadvertently by Cornyn.  Believe me.  As a native Texan, I’ve watched him his whole political career:  He is clever, articulate and chooses his words carefully. He is a lawyer, a former Texas attorney general and a calculating  politician who has risen to the top by first and foremost promoting “Big John,” as he likes to call himself. After all, he’s survived with nary a hair out of place in the most notoriously insane political state in the union. Now, as head of the GOP senatorial committee, everything he says as we approach the critical November mid-term election is calculated to plant more fear and loathing into the Republican’s base of birthers and tea partiers.

We dismiss such statements as Cornyn’s as just more blather at our own peril.  Big John knew exactly what he was saying.

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  1. yoteech2002 says:

    Even good and well intentioned people (nations) can be blindsided by the treacherous for whom lies are part of the strategy. Don't muslims consider the building of a mosque the symbol of success in having conquered the enemy?

  2. This is yet another venture into the use of fear mongering to misinform the public. It's a shame..
    @park51 is a great project. The only thing radical about is the NONtrovercial response they're getting. Just like how Sarah Palin doesn't speak for me, crazy extremists don't speak for the 1 billion + muslims worldwide.

  3. Unfortunately, yoteech2002, that's a misconception: may be relevant during the medieval times or the period of the crusades. Just as you would build a church for a growing community of worshipers – same goes for a mosque. It's important to understand that the Park 51 developers are not just simply building a mosque, it's a community center which will also house a mosque. Finally, a mosque has already existed at the proposed site since 1985, so that isn't the highlight here.

  4. Allen Brink says:

    Partial List of Muslim 9/11 Victims:

    Note: This list is as yet incomplete and unconfirmed. It has been compiled from the Islamic Circle of North America, the Newsday victims database, and reports from other major news organizations. The victims' ages, employers, or other personal information is included when available, along with links to further information or photos.

    Samad Afridi
    Ashraf Ahmad
    Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)
    Umar Ahmad
    Azam Ahsan
    Ahmed Ali
    Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)
    Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)
    Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury
    Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
    Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)
    Jamal Legesse Desantis
    Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
    SaleemUllah Farooqi
    Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
    Osman Gani
    Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)
    Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)
    Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
    Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)
    Nabid Hossain
    Shahzad Hussain
    Talat Hussain
    Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)
    Yasmeen Jamal
    Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)
    Arslan Khan Khakwani
    Asim Khan
    Ataullah Khan
    Ayub Khan
    Qasim Ali Khan
    Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
    Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)
    Yasmeen Khan
    Zahida Khan
    Badruddin Lakhani
    Omar Malick
    Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)
    Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)
    Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
    Raza Mujtaba
    Omar Namoos
    Mujeb Qazi
    Tarranum Rahim
    Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
    Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)
    Naveed Rehman
    Yusuf Saad
    Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
    Shoman Samad
    Asad Samir
    Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)
    Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
    Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.'s Fiduciary Trust)
    Jamil Swaati
    Sanober Syed
    Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
    Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)
    W. Wahid

  5. Gem Bordages says:

    The hate-mongers among us will not prevail, be they radical Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans or Atheists. The teachings of our great pacifist leaders will prevail. All we have to do is heed their message and become loving, forgiving people ourselves.

  6. @keitholbermann says it beautifully.

  7. Mary Diacos Sharpley says:

    The real question here is, why has the way been cleared for the mosque to be built near ground zero but New York City Officials and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are stonewalling efforts to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Christian Church – the only church which was destroyed at Ground Zero and which has been trying to rebuild for the past 9 years. If it were a Protestant Church or a Roman Catholic Church, I doubt the problem would exist. Why aren't those who are supporting the mosque on the basis of religious freedom, also supporting the rebuilding of St. Nicolas on the same basis?

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