Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 22, 2010
The Wall Street Journal just reported on a deal made in the Senate for compensation to those that worked on the 9/11 tragedy and its cleanup. Initially Democrats proposed a $7.2 billion payment, but then compromised with Republicans, agreeing to a $4.3 billion fund.
As typical of actions from Washington, the reason behind the payments seems sound. Who could argue that many of those that worked at the 9/11 site are heroes? But that in itself does not justify payments.
There is evidence that some of the responder became ill after working at the 9/11 site and this is the reason offered by politicians for the payments. However, the evidence of causation is circumstantial. In addition, it is clear that the Senate is pushing through yet another bill that has not been properly vetted given that the amount of “damages” is being determined by politicians with special interests, not scientific experts.
The Washington elitists have once again decided that one group of Americans deserves payments from other Americans. That approach is not justifiable since the government does not live within normal constraints, i.e. a budget set by incoming revenues, not IOU’s. Until the government looses the ability to spend money it does not have, this generational robbing will continue until the Country spends its way into bankruptcy.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 1, 2010
Today, reader Al sent in his vision of tolerance and how it should be considered for the proposed Ground-Zero mosque. While a bit tongue-in-cheek, the comments below highlight the need for tolerance being a two-way street.
“I am perplexed that so many of my friends are against a mosque being built near Ground Zero. I think it should be the goal of every American to be tolerant. The mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance.
That is why I also propose, that two gay nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque, thereby promoting tolerance within the mosque. We could call the clubs “The Turban Cowboy” and “You Mecca Me So Hot”. Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork and have an open barbeque with spare ribs as its daily special. Across the street a very daring lingerie store called “Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret” with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods. Next door to the lingerie shop, there would be room for an Adult Toy Shop (Koranal Knowledge?), its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store, maybe call it “Morehammered”?
Yes, tolerance is great attribute!
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 13, 2010
Many Americans have been taken back by the lack of sensitivity shown by supposed moderate cleric, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, due to his decision to build a large mosque at Ground-zero and his unwillingness to change its location since. In September 10’s Wall Street Journal, American Muslim Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy based in Phoenix, Arizona puts Imam Rauf’ intransigents into perspective stating: “He may not appear to the untrained eye to be an Islamist, but by making Ground Zero an Islamic rather than an American issue he shows his true allegiance.”
Dr. Jasser is a medical doctor and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. He is a patriot who places his country, the United States, first. This is the essence of the “melting-pot” in which Americans of all religions and nationalities made the United States great. The straight-talk and courage shown in Dr. Jasser’s op-ed, full text below, is refreshing in a world where political correctness and double-talk have become the norm.
President Obama and his predecessor, George Bush, mistakenly tried to appease radical Islamists by placing closest radicals like Imam Rauf on a pedestal. Instead we should have American-Muslim patriots like M. Zuhdi Jasser speak for America and American Muslims.
Questions for Imam Rauf From an American Muslim, by M. Zuhdi Jasser
After a long absence while controversy over the mosque near Ground Zero smoldered, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf finally held forth this week both in the New York Times and on CNN.
As someone who has been involved in building mosques around the country, Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 9, 2010
The narrative often preferred by Progressives, both Republicans and Democrats, is that Islam is a religion of peace. Ultimately it is the action of those who practice the Islamic faith that creates reality, not politically correct sound-bites.
A similar narrative of moderation is often used when discussing Islamic religious leaders in the West. Currently, the focus is on Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric behind what has become known as the ground-zero mosque. Not only is Rauf viewed by Progressives as a moderate, but he was actually sent by the Obama Administration’s State Department on a U.S. funded Middle East trip to promote religious tolerance.
While Rauf may be viewed as a moderate in the Islamic community, it is difficult for those that believe in civil liberties to come to this conclusion. For example he has said that the 9/11 attacks were part of a larger Islamic “reaction against the U.S. government politically, where we [the U.S.] espouse principles of democracy and human rights, and [yet] where we ally ourselves with oppressive regimes in many of these countries.” … “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” He has also said that “because we [Americans] have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world, it could be said that in fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA”.
Rauf also suggests the importance of America’s political structure being “Shariah compliant.” Shariah law is Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 22, 2010
The Wall Street Journal reported on some controversial comments of one of the planners of the mosque to be located near the site of the 9/11 tragedy. Appearing today on ABC’s “This Week”, wife of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Daisy Khan, incredibly said: “We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized antisemitism. It’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s hate of Muslims.”
Ms. Khan’s statements show a complete disregard for what happened on 9/11 and those affected by it. The Untied States was attacked by Islamic fanatics who killed thousands in the name of their religion. To attempt to place an edifice dedicated to Islam near that site is deeply offensive to most Americas. Add to this Ms. Kahn’s husband saying shortly after 9/11 that Americans were “an accessory to the crime” merely adds fuel to this burning fire.
The initial motivations behind Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to build the mosque near the site of 9/11 may have been excused as benign. However, given the amount of pain that has been created by this plan and the Imam’s unwillingness to respond to that pain by moving its location, speaks volumes as to the true motivations behind this $100 million project.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 16, 2010
On Friday President Obama forcefully came out endorsing the building of a mosque at ground zero. It was pure Obama; eloquent in words, but with little sensitivity for those most affected by the building of the mosque or for that matter the citizens that “hired” him. Here is what the President said:
- “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country.”
- “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
Mr. President, while your words may be true, they cannot be considered in a vacuum. Your statement may have been appropriate had you added the following comments to your speech:
- While you may have the right to build the mosque in the chosen location, placing it at ground zero shows a lack of compassion to those who perished and the 70% of Americans that the CNN/Opinion Research poll indicates do not want the mosque built there. In fact many Americans see your approach as a slap in the face to our country and beliefs.
- Given the emotions involved with this location, the American people deserve to know who is financing this $100 million project. Where is the money coming from?
- Finally, we ask that those who financial back the mosque publically announce their support for reciprocity for the building of any house of worship for any religion in any city of the world. For too long Islam has restricted such freedom in many countries.
Let us compare President Obama’s words to the common sense expressed by New York Congressman Peter King. “It is insensitive and uncaring for the Muslim community to build a mosque in the shadow of ground zero. While the Muslim community has the right to build the mosque they are abusing that right by needlessly offending so many people who have suffered so
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