OPINION: The truth behind the mosque at Ground Zero

This weekend I went on the record for opposing the mosque at Ground Zero. I wanted to bring attention to this issue at my birthday party at 49 Grove however one reporter interrupted my speech to call me a racist and say that I was against freedom of religion and scream obscenities at my friends. Funny, I guess this same reporter is against freedom of speech since I wasn’t even able to finish a sentence before he tried to assault my campaign manager.

I am not a racist. I do not have anything against Muslims or the millions of moderate Muslim Americans that live in this country. But this mosque is not being built by moderate Muslims.

The leaders of this mosque have ties to radical Islam. They have lied about the sources of their funding. They have gone on the record blaming American ideology for the events of 9/11. They perpetuate a radical ideology – an ideology that goes against everything Americans (Muslim Americans included) stand for.

Supporters of the mosque would have you believe that anyone against it is denying Muslims their constitutional right to freedom of religion and are racists in their beliefs. The issue of the mosque is not about race nor is it about religion.
Freedom of religion is one of our Constitution rights. This also means that we have freedom FROM religion; we can choose what we want to believe. This is not the case in for Muslims- under Islamic law.

According to Islamic law, a person who leaves Islam is to be killed. Death for apostasy is sanctioned in Sharia law and is required according to the Koran. Not only is submission to Sharia law required of all Muslims according to Islamic doctrine and law, it is also required of all non-Muslims.

They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the way of Allah; if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them, and choose no friend nor helper from among them (Koran, 4:89)

The leader of the Ground Zero mosque, Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, has direct ties to radical Islam- an ideology built on hatred of America. Rauf has failed to respond to the requests from numerous citizens awareness groups requesting he pledge to respect the Bill of Rights and to repudiate the Islamic obligation of killing those who leave Islam. To the contrary, in an interview with 60 minutes, Rauf issued numerous anti-American statements and stated that the “United States’ policies were an accessory to the crime that happened” and that “in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

Article 6 of the US Constitution states:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;

Since Rauf upholds Islamic Law, which is in direct opposition to our Constitution, how can we afford him constitutional rights?