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Well, OK, technically it is a few blocks away. Technically, you can’t see the building from the site of the former World Trade Center.
And if you really want to be a stickler, technically it isn’t really a “mosque” unless you interpret that narrowly enough to mean “Any place having an area for Muslims to pray.” Which would make the Pentagon a Mosque too.
So what exactly is this proposed building supposed to be like? Some reports, like from thedeveloper himself, compare it to a Jewish Community Center. Others draw parallels between it and the YMCA a few blocks away. Some are even calling it an “Interfaith” center.
In the spirit of complete political incorrectness, here is what you might find inside such a “Community Center.” Since I’ve never been in one, I’ll speculate based on what is in other community centers.
The Jewish Community Center and the YMCA both have olympic-sized pools, swim classes for kids, and water aerobics. Surely the Muslim center will offer something similar.
So you might be seeing one of these. Yes, it’s a “Burkini“.
Hey don’t laugh! If there is a swimming pool and the women are allowed to use it they have to wear something! We can’t have them running around in speedos, or people might start to notice their genital mutilation scars.
I actually like it. Such an outfit would be great for preventing my honky-ass from burning at the beach, and hide my fat thighs at the same time!
Aside from swimming, most community centers have arts and crafts, and youth day care with activities like games and coloring. Obviously no MCC art classes will be about encouraging little kids to color line drawings of the life and times of Mohammad. After all it might freak the little girls out to see a child like themselves getting married.
One site suggests, “Islamic Dress codes are expected – if you can pray in it, you can play in it! Sports Uniforms are recommended. Women are fee to remove Hijab/Scarves during indoor competition.” Meaning outside in the heat they are supposed to what, not participate or keep the burka on?
The JCC and the Y both offer a variety of classes besides art and swimming though. Some of these include pottery, music, drama, personal fitness, health, aerobics, and pilates. Classes anyone might enjoy.
What about the Muslim Community Center?
Even I am not so politically incorrect as to suggest that one class might feature ways tohide a bomb surgically so even airport scanners can’t find it. So what does that leave?
Not pertinent to you if you’re not Muslim eh? But other than English (ESL) classes, I could not find any other type of class that was taught at an MCC
All right, I cheated. I went to a variety of MCC sites looking for information. And you know what I found?
Like other such places, and pretty much any center serving the public there are the typical appeals for donations, and a plea to send money to the latest worldwide crisis-Pakistani flood victims in this case.
There are consultation services, “Ask the Imam”, marriage counseling services, and a prayer area. There are Qu’ran study and memorization classes like a Bible or Torah study class, but there the similarity ends.
With the notable exception of the Maryland MCC, which has a free clinic (heavily financially supported by Kaiser Permanente, Catholic Charities, and others) for the poor, the JCC and even the local Methodist church offer a wider variety of services and opportunities for people of the community to participate in beneficial activities.
There is zero curricular resemblance to Jewish, Christian, or secular community programs offered at any of the MCC sites I investigated. The “Interfaith” tab (if there was one) at the MCC’s I studied hadn’t been updated in over a year, or were “under construction”, led to a 404 “file not found”, or were invitations to interfaith services held at a different location, like a Jewish Community Center! (Do your own research. Find an example of a true interfaith MCC. I’d like to see it!)
In fact, if you are a woman, there are only classes for you if you are a child and still needing to learn the Qu’ran and go to “Sunday School”. AndYES you have to wear a hijab to participate.
Make no mistake, the Muslim Community Center is NOT for the community at large, where anyone might feel welcome.
They are designed to provide religious indoctrination for Muslims.
Muslims demand tolerance from other religions and the rest of the secular world.
Excessively polite societies without a rabid strain of evangelical Christianity to fortify the political climate (like Britain) have increasingly been forced to adopt anti-Western values as Muslims push their agendas through the schools, crying “racism” when their demands are not met.
The Muslim Council of Britain wants all schools to be “Shar’ia compliant”. Not just Muslim schools.
Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society said the report was a “recipe for disaster”.
He added: “Schools with even just a handful of Muslim kids will find they have to follow these guidelines because there aren’t the staff to have one set of classes for Muslims and another for the rest.
“The MCB shouldn’t try to force its religious agenda on children who may not want it. The Government needs to send the MCB packing. Schools should be about teaching, not preaching.”
The report, Towards Greater Understanding – Meeting The Needs of Muslim Pupils In State Schools, says all schools should bring in effective bans for all pupils on “un-Islamic activities” like dance classes.
It also wants to limit certain activities during Ramadan. They include science lessons dealing with sex, parents’ evenings, exams and immunisation programmes.
From the Washington Post:
The authoritarian governments that claim to speak on behalf of Europe’s supposedly oppressed Muslim minorities practice systematic repression against their own religious minorities. They have radicalized what was at first a difficult question. Now they are asking not for respect but for submission. They want non-Muslims in Europe to live by Muslim rules.
Most Muslims just want to lead their lives like the rest of us. I have no problems with that, or even with their own insular community center.
But I also can’t fault those who live and work near ground zero for not wanting what is basically an institution for Islamic indoctrination in their midst. Sure the Republicans are using it as a wedge issue, like they do abortion, immigration, gay rights, ad infinitum.
But there is such a thing as being too tolerant.
The paradox of tolerance is that a tolerant society (like the US and other Western countries) is at risk of tolerating those who are intolerant (extreme religious factions, for instance,) and allowing movements to grow which foster intolerance. Such movements, if big enough, will eventually change the society.
This is at work right now in Britain, which is geographically more prone to the spread of Islam than America, but it is happening.