No, Mr. President. I will NOT be “tolerant” of radical Islam – neither should you

I missed this quote from President Obama yesterday regarding the Islamofascist thugs who murdered 3,000 innocents on 9-11:

President Obama stressed that America was not at war with Islam as he decried the “sorry band of men” who attacked the nation nine years ago in memorial ceremonies at the Pentagon on Saturday.

“The perpetrators of this evil act didn’t simply attack America; they attacked the very idea of America itself — all that we stand for and represent in the world,” Obama said. “And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most — to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are.”

“Sorry band of men”? As Doug Powers rightly points out, 19 radical Islamic plane hijackers on a jihad mission to kill thousands warrant a little bit more of a strong description than that:

Only Barack Obama could make a murderous global Islamic terrorist organization sound like the Bay City Rollers.

That’s just one step away from “wascally wabbits” isn’t it?

I remember some people (mostly on the left) slamming Bush over his intial comments when news of the terror attacks first broke across the country. He called the terrorists “folks.” But Bush was and is a plain spoken man. His remarks were not exactly “prepared.” He knew after that what to call the 9-11 hijackers and the thugs who share their sick ideology, and it wasn’t “folks” and it wasn’t a “sorry band of men.”

President Obama, on the other hand, is supposedly “very well-spoken” and, as our liberal friends like to remind us so often, he was educated at Harvard, which means he’s supposed to be smarter than everyone else (I guess?). Not only that, but President Obama’s remarks WERE prepared. I would say his speechwriter deserves a reprimand but I’m sure the President doesn’t read anything off the teleprompter he hasn’t approved first.

But what struck me more than the “Sorry band of men” nonsense was how he described the hijackers’ motivations:

“They may wish to drive us apart, but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice,” he said. “For Scripture teaches us to ‘get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.’

“They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans we are not — and never will be — at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day — it was al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion. And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation.”

Spoken like a bonafide ignorant liberal who clearly has no idea what the Koran actually calls for. Here are a more than a few hints, President Obama. Don’t wanna read it? Ok. Here are a couple of clues: It calls for the subjugation of women. It preaches violence against any woman who “disobeys” her husband and/or male relatives. It is intolerant of of non-believers to the point it advocates an “any means necessary” approach to make them submit – or die. Don’t believe me? Ask the few surviving victims and the thousands of families of victims alive or dead courtesy of the “religion of peace” about how “peaceful” a religion Islam is.

Ask Dr. Wafa Sultan.
Ask Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Ask other prominent secular Muslims:

Mona Abousenna
Magdi Allam
Mithal Al-Alusi
Shaker Al-Nabulsi
Nonie Darwish
Afhin Ellian
Tawfik Hamid
Shahriar Kabir
Hasan Mahmud
Ibn Warraq
Mourad Wahba
Manda Zand Ervin
Bonafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

And there are others here.

For a brief time long ago, I used to subscribe to the belief that there was a “moderate” element to Islam. I don’t anymore. Yes, there are Muslim Islamists out there who are not hateful, who are respectful of the religous beliefs and faiths of others, etc, but my opinion is that these Muslims are not full-fledged Islamists – and that’s a good thing. There is hope for that minority of Islamists that they can turn away from the evil “religion” we know as Islam.

That is, if they’re not murdered first.

No, Mr. President – I will not be “tolerant” of this religion, not in any way, shape, form, or fashion. Doesn’t mean I’ll get violent, but it DOES mean that I will speak out strongly against it, loudly and often. Islam, which is the law of the land in many Muslim countries via the use of the Koran as their “standard,” stands for everything we’re supposed to be against. Secularists and non-secularists alike can see this. It’s a crying, outrageous shame that you and so many of your fellow “enlightened” liberals do not.

If it’s not a mosque, then what is it?

Writing in the New York Post, Amir Taheri has an interesting theory of what the proposed mosque/community center/whatever at Ground Zero really represents. He mentions the various types of Islamic buildings, all of which have very specific roles in Islam: for example, the takiyah is a Shiite building dedicated to passion plays about the death of Imam Husayn, while a zawiyyah is a type monastic complex.

But then, if the proposed building at Ground Zero is not a mosque, and if it isn’t a cultural center, then what is it?

Taheri’s answer? It is a rabat, a building meant to facilitate conquest:

The first rabat appeared at the time of the Prophet.

The Prophet imposed his rule on parts of Arabia through a series of ghazvas, or razzias (the origin of the English word “raid”). The ghazva was designed to terrorize the infidels, convince them that their civilization was doomed and force them to submit to Islamic rule. Those who participated in the ghazva were known as the ghazis, or raiders.

After each ghazva, the Prophet ordered the creation of a rabat — or a point of contact at the heart of the infidel territory raided. The rabat consisted of an area for prayer, a section for the raiders to eat and rest and facilities to train and prepare for future razzias. Later Muslim rulers used the tactic of ghazva to conquer territory in the Persian and Byzantine empires. After each raid, they built a rabat to prepare for the next razzia.

It is no coincidence that Islamists routinely use the term ghazva to describe the 9/11 attacks against New York and Washington. The terrorists who carried out the attack are referred to as ghazis or shahids (martyrs).

Thus, building a rabat close to Ground Zero would be in accordance with a tradition started by the Prophet. To all those who believe and hope that the 9/11 ghazva would lead to the destruction of the American “Great Satan,” this would be of great symbolic value.

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A rabat in the heart of Manhattan would be of great symbolic value to those who want a high-profile, “in your face” projection of Islam in the infidel West.

I’ll note that Taheri has been controversial in the past, but that last statement echoes the opinions of Raheel Raza and Tarek Fatah, writing in Canada’s Ottawa Citizen newspaper:

New York currently boasts at least 30 mosques so it’s not as if there is pressing need to find space for worshippers. The fact we Muslims know the idea behind the Ground Zero mosque is meant to be a deliberate provocation to thumb our noses at the infidel. The proposal has been made in bad faith and in Islamic parlance, such an act is referred to as “Fitna,” meaning “mischief-making” that is clearly forbidden in the Koran.

Imam Rauf and other backers of the “Cordoba House” (since renamed Park51) have been adamant that the purpose of the new building is to promote interfaith understanding. Perhaps we should be listening to what other Muslims have to say, too.

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(Crossposted to Public Secrets)

Sunday Football Open Thread (UPDATE: PANTHERS LOSE 31-18 – MOORE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL)

Update – 6:48 PM: Wasn’t a great day for the Panthers on multiple fronts. We lost to the Giants 31-18, our offense is still struggling, and QB Matt Moore was taken to the hospital after a hit late in the game. Hope he’ll be ok.

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Got a full day ahead of me as I’m headed out shortly for a Girls Day out with Mama Toldjah and the Toldjah Sisters. :) Mom’s bday was midweek last week and we are getting together today to celebrate it.

Panthers logoNot sure when I”ll be back today, so wanted to go ahead and put up this thread for y’all to be able to post your thoughts on anything that has happened this weekend in the news and/or your thoughts on the first Sunday of regular season football this season. The Panthers are away today playing on the Giant’s home turf (1 PM ET, Fox). We didn’t have a great pre-season but I’m hoping for a good start to the regular season. Of course, we blew out the Giants last December 41-9, so they no doubt will be looking for a little payback.

What games will you have your eye on today?

I’ll check back in when I can. :)