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Ground Zero Mosque odds and ends

Developments are developing quickly! In no particular order:

  • I have been convinced that we should stop calling it the Ground Zero Mosque. ‘Cause it’s not at Ground Zero. Why, you can’t even see the crater from there! Sure, the old Burlington Coat Factory building was close enough to the WTC to get hit by the landing gear from one of the planes, which is why it shut down for good after 9/11. But that doesn’t make it part of Ground Zero. (What are you, some kinda rube?) Therefore, I propose we start calling it the 9/11 Debris Field Mosque.
  • Did you know there also strip clubs and fast-food joints in that neighborhood? There sure are. There’s even OTB! Cities have all sorts of different businesses all crowded together, you dumb hayseed. That means you’re a bigot if you don’t like the idea of building a mega-mosque in that specific spot, even if you don’t have a problem with the other mosques in that neighborhood, or any other neighborhood. (And please don’t call it “hallowed ground,” even though Obama did Friday night.)
  • Can you guess the latest right-wing Islamophobe to oppose a mosque in that specific place? I’ll bet you can’t!
  • I just had an interesting discussion on Twitter about the whole thing with our own Ruth Graham. (If you don’t recognize the name, Keith Olbermann does.) You can read it here, if you don’t mind working your way backwards through the conversation. We were talking past each other a bit, which was probably my fault.
  • Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is reporting that the backers of the Ground Z– er, of the 9/11 Debris Field Mosque, AKA Cordoba House, AKA Park 51, are reconsidering. Park 51 has taken to Twitter to insist everything’s still on track.
  • Park 51 also sent this bridge-building, togetherness-bringing tweet, which was then deleted (it’s still there, just not visible on their main Twitter page), but not before Red Eye‘s Andy Levy saw it:

  • Speaking of Red Eye guys on Twitter, here’s why I love Greg Gutfeld, AND I DO MEAN LOVE. As you may know, he’s planning to build a Muslim gay bar next to the mosque that’s not actually at Ground Zero, and I think he’s settled on a name:

So there you go. Boy, I can’t wait to see what these Park 51 guys do next to bring people together and facilitate understanding. So far they’re doing an awesome job!!

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  • mojo

    Gutfield finally found the right weapon – mockery. The self-important sons-of-bitches can’t stand being made fun of, it drives ’em (even MORE) nuts…

  • thecrow

    More “odds and ends” from the “debris field”:


  • fit2post

    Dialog? Like “How far’s the “Old Log Inn?”.

  • alimentary

    He may call it
    “the martyrs’ saloon”
    and advertise it like
    “be like Wild Bill, get hit from behind tonight”

  • jsminch

    “Odds & Ends” is actually a pretty good name for Gutfield’s bar, also “The Seeders of Lebanon,” “Backdoor Jihad” and “Weapons of Ass Destruction.”

  • katnandu

    Sarah Palin made an excellent point. Why haven’t any of the mosques in NYC (and there are many) initiated an outreach program in the 9 years since 911?

  • killtruck

    I’m not against the mosque because I think it’s illegal. I’m also not against mosques or Islam in general. I just think that putting a mosque in the 9/11 debris field, which exists because muslim extremists murdered 3000 Americans there for reasons based in the religion of Islam is really mean and unnecessary. I don’t think the government should intervene either. I just think Park 51 should stop being such a jerk.

    You know those “in memory of so and so” signs on the highway with makeshift memorials on them when people are killed by drunk drivers? I think a mosque in the ground zero debris field is the same as if I put a keg there, and then was all, “what?” Kegs in general aren’t wrong, but putting a keg *there* would be wrong.

    Whatever happens I hope we can wrap this up before the debate overshadows the memorials in a couple weeks.

    (Sorry for blogging on your blog just now)

    • theprofessor

      When you blog on his blog as good as you just blogged on his blog it’s cool cuz he doesn’t blog on his blog nearly as much as we wish he would blog on his blog.

      *note to self, name of next techno band – Blog on yer Blog.

      • theprofessor

        Makin’ a living the old hard way
        Takin’ and giving by day by day
        I dig snow and rain and bright sunshine
        Bloggin’ yer blog.. (bloggin’ yer blog)
        I feel fine I’m talkin’ bout peace of mind
        I’m gonna take my time I’m gettin’ the good sign
        Bloggin’ yer blog.. (bloggin’ yer blog)
        Bloggin’ yer blog.. (bloggin’ yer blog)
        Bloggin’ yer blog.. (bloggin’ yer blog)

      • Jim Treacher

        I’m dancing as fast as I can!

        • motionview

          Not easy on 1.5 legs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamison-Hill/410833 Jamison Hill

      Good post.
      It’s kinda like opening a Nazi Theme Park across the street from a Holocaust Memorial. I’m a firm believer in property rights, so sure you can do it if you like it. The question is should you do it. The answer of course is no. If the goal of Park51 is to promote cross-cultural understanding, inflaming cultural sensitivities isn’t a good place to start. Right or wrong, building a mosque next to ground zero, to the victims of this terrible tragedy, is like building a victory monument for Islamists, and a memorial for their martyrs of death. Like the cruel joke of a roadside keg next to a DUI memorial, a Nazi Theme Park across the street from the Holocaust Museum, constructive cross-cultural dialog isn’t being forged by these actions.