Islam Museum to Compete with Ground Zero Museum

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The old story was that the Ground Zero Mosque had nothing to do with the location. It just happened to be there to provide Muslims with a mosque.

But that was a blatant lie because there was no Muslim community in the area worth mentioning. The area around Ground Zero is barely residential and mainly caters to the business community. The Muslims who attended the mosque were mostly itinerant food service vendors and a few Wall Street types.

There was nothing there requiring a major mosque, certainly not one that would operate outside business hours.

Now the Ground Zero Mosque is becoming a Museum of Islam. There’s certainly no local need for such a thing. It’s a blatant exploitation of the location.

The original excuse that the mosque was intended for Muslims and just happened to be near Ground Zero has been shot to hell. A museum can be built anywhere. It doesn’t have to be there. It’s there to exploit September 11.

The interesting thing about the story is what’s missing. The “neutral” branding of Park 51 is mostly gone. This is a blatantly Islamist project and there’s no pretense that this is serving the needs of a local Muslim community.

The developer whose proposal to build a Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center failed amid a national controversy three years ago said Tuesday that he now plans to construct a museum devoted to Islam in the same location.

Sharif El-Gamal, the developer, said through a spokesman that instead of a $100 million, 15-story community center and prayer space, he now planned a smaller, three-story museum “dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.” The building would also include a sanctuary for prayer services and community programs.

The museum will be a 5,000-square-foot, three-story structure.

“This is a more tailored approach, both physically and programmatically,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a spokesman for Mr. El-Gamal. “It will prove to be an important addition to the neighborhood and to New York City’s arts and cultural community.”

One of Nouvel’s more famous projects was the Arab World Institute in Paris. So we’re going to see an Arabic influenced glass design.

Does the neighborhood need a museum of Islam? Not remotely. It already has two museums no one visits. And the Ground Zero museum which this aims to compete with/supplement. It’s an obnoxious move and if it gets built, it will constantly stay in the news.

Left unclear by Mr. El-Gamal’s announcement was how realistic his plans are. When asked about financing, Mr. Sheinkopf said only that Mr. El-Gamal would initially finance the museum and sanctuary himself and that he hoped to find other benefactors.

Mr. El-Gamal has had trouble raising money in the past. And, in 2011, he was sued by Consolidated Edison Company, which owns part of the site, for $1.7 million in back rent. Mr. El-Gamal disputed the formulas used to calculate this figure and filed a lawsuit.

Can El-Gamal do all this?

The Ground Zero Mosque has few programs worth mentioning and is currently trying to rent space and raise money. Those aren’t signs of a successful center and it sounds like El-Gamal has come up with a new spin in hopes of raising money.

Park 51 claims that it needs donations for chairs and desks. That doesn’t sound like El-Gamal is being all that charitable. Either someone is lying or El-Gamal is playing this out with a profit endgame that can fall apart if the project becomes toxic enough.

Again.

El-Gamal has tried to recreate the Ground Zero Mosque in a number of ways and the whole thing reeks of sleazy ratty real estate developer.

Though clear of legal entanglement, Park51 is still in need of more than $17 million in construction financing. Towards that end, Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind the project, at a fundraiser dinner last Friday launched a campaign to raise $7 million for the community center near Ground Zero by Sept. 10, WNYC reported.

El-Gamal said it was a “motivational deadline” for supporters of the project, who want to take back the identity that was “stolen” from Muslims by the 9/11 terrorists.

Though less than 75 people attended the fundraiser where El-Gamal spoke…

How much money has actually been raised? That’s an interesting question.

The mission statement for Park 51 aka the Ground Zero Mosque states that it is “AN ORGANIZATION OF RISING LEADERS THAT PROMOTES THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE MUSLIM-AMERICAN IDENTIFY IN THE HEART OF AMERICA, THROUGH THE VEHICLES OF EDUCATION, CULTURE AND RECREATION THE ORGANIZATION ALSO SEEKS TO BE A STRONG PARTNER OF HUMANITARIAN CAUSES, CROSS CULTURAL AND RELIGIOS DIALOGUE, AND EDUCATION IN GENERAL.”

Misspellings and capitals are all in the original text. Again it’s a rather clear statement that this is intended to promote Islam in America.

 

  • JackSpratt

    Maybe the NY Militia will bomb the friggen Islamist Museum. Would’t that be apropos.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      There already are many Museums of Islam.

      - 9/11
      - bombing of Pan Am 103

      - 7/7/05 London transport bombing
      - beheading of Lee Rigby
      - beheading of Daniel Pearl
      - 135,000+ dead in Syria (Muslims killing Muslims)
      - 8 year Iraq/Iran war
      - Beltway sniper – john muhammed
      - kidnapping and murder of Ilan Halami
      - Fort Hood shooter
      - Mumbai India massacre
      - Nairobi Kenya mall massacre
      - Malala, the girl shot in the head by the Taliban for the crime of wanting an education
      - Beslan school massacre
      - poison gas (that’s a WMD) attack and deaths of 5,000 Kurds in Halabja Iraq
      - USS Cole bombing
      - Empire State building shooter
      - Fasscist iran public executions of gay teens
      - Girls stoned to death to restore “family honor”
      - Current day slavery in Sudan and Mauritania

      The above are all museums of Islam.

  • liz

    I’m surprised there isn’t some Saudi billionaire waiting in the wings to finance this, and even provide the radical America hating Imam to go with it.
    “Stole their identity”? I would say the 9/11 terrorists took the mask off of Islam’s real identity. At any rate, if he really wants to restore an image of decent Muslims, building anything Islamic at Ground Zero is NOT the way to do it.
    But obviously that’s not the real motive. They live a lie.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      They live a lie.

      They call it Taqiyya.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taqiyya

      • Gee

        Except that Taqiyya is a Shia concept and Saudis are Sunnis.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          There’s no shiite taqiyya???

        • Anukem Jihadi

          Except that there is no Sunni and Shia, there is only Islam my friend.
          And if you buy that I’ve got a very nice bridge to sell you in Saudi Arabia.

  • DVult

    Hopefully this guy will be true to form and steal the money.

  • wileyvet

    El-Gamal and his wife Cookie Khan are MB. I think 3 stories is about two and half more than necessary to cover Islam, art and culture. Maybe a petting zoo, with camels , goats and 6 year old girls would be more apropos.

  • D Brown

    What has happened to all the money he’s raised for the prior planned mosque, if any?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      good question

    • truebearing

      He invested it all in shrapnel.

  • truebearing

    This time he has De Blasio to help him.

    • American Patriot

      When he was trying to develop Park 51, the insensitive developer had Bloomberg’s support. But the development plan failed because of massive protests by the Tea Party and other patriotic Americans concerned that Park 51, given its location, would be an insult to all of the victims who died in the 9/11 attacks. This time around, the insensitive developer has the support of Warren Wilhelm, Jr. (aka Bill de Blasio), the Marxist mayor who is an apologist for Sandinista terror in Nicaragua. Both Bloomberg and Wilhelm are left-wing nanny-state political figures who are simply insensitive to American patriots and American patriotism in general. It is time for the Tea Party to fight back against another insensitive project.

  • Shadowwind

    If the Religion-of-Peacers are so set upon building a monument next to their handiwork, can we infidels at least propose a “Grind Zero” bar next to their little museum? It could cater to the more discrete set of Muslim men – the ones who prefer their 72 virgins with more facial hair, if you know what I mean.

  • Adam

    I think the real key take home bit is: “The building would also include a sanctuary for prayer services and community programs.” Its still a mosque, but smaller with some nonsense facade to help pass it off as something more benign.

    After all, in Islam a mosque is pretty much all of these things and then some, anyway, so its just cheap semantics.

    • truebearing

      A sanctuary and bomb making bunker.

  • pennant8

    A museum to promote Islamic art? I wonder if there will be any paintings or sculptures of Mohammed?

    • Softly Bob

      Probably just paintings of infidels being beheaded and little boys being raped. They’ll get away with it too,in the interests of multiculturalism.

    • carpe diem 36

      maybe also cartoons of him.

  • Shiesse-kopf.

    When Jay Carney gets PTSD from going into press briefing and telling too many lies at least he has a replacement, Hank Shiesskopf.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      What if hank sheinkopf donates his fee to the IDF?

      • Gee

        Stupid is still stupid

  • edlancey

    I gave up on New York when I was saw the proliferation of Halal food trucks – one on every corner.

    A city that will allow that affront to 9/11 will put up with anything.

    • Softly Bob

      Suicidal. That’s what the city is.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I’ve seen the halal food truck vendors unroll their prayer mat on the sidewalk next to their smelly truck and get down on all fours for a little head banging.

      • edlancey

        I saw non-Mobots buying food from them – jizya-flavored dogfood

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    Follow the money. Where is funding coming from? We all know that radical islamists will be behind that. Anyone who does follow the money and speaks out against this will be labeled an islamophobe, as per usual.

  • Alan J Fraize

    REVOKE all there citizen ship’s an send them back an the one’s born here send them with them

  • SDLakeshore

    5,000 square feet is a lot of space to house the portraits of the 19 Muslim hijackers that carried out 911. Other than that, there is absolutely nothing relevant to such a disrespectful endeavor.

  • Floyd Hair

    Not no but, hell no it’s a slap in the face of the Americans that died there

    • carpe diem 36

      i hope that those who approved the construction of that mosque will die as did the victims on that fateful day perpetrated by those despicable Moslems.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    “dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.”

    Islam is not a faith based religion, as the so-called religion requires the total, complete, and unconditional submission to the “will of Allah” under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy of all Muslims as its first and foremost prerequisite.

    Thus, unlike in faith based religions, if a Muslim speaks out against Islam or otherwise openly refuses to abide by his or her holy obligations as set forth under Islam, such as waging jihad in one form or another in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme, that Muslim is guilty of blasphemy and condemned to death. Likewise, if a Muslim apostatizes from Islam, that Muslim is also guilty of apostasy and condemned to death. As blasphemy and apostasy are the twin curses of Islam and used judiciously to control the minds and lives of the Muslim masses.

    Moreover, what is the “will of Allah” that all Muslims must totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy? In essence, it is Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. Hence, more than anything else, Islam is a very rabid form of totalitarianism as opposed to being a faith based religion.

    Meanwhile, what faith-based religions like Islam also automatically condemns blasphemers and apostates to death? The answer is none of them, which is why they are considered to be faith based religions.

    Of course, Muslims like Sharif El-Gamal emphasize that Islam is a faith based religion, because their strategy is to dupe the infidel masses who they fully intend to eventually subjugate into Islamic totalitarianism via the eventual imposition of Sharia, which one more time is Islamic totalitarian law, in order to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    Hence, the moral of the story is don’t listen to writers like this one when they ignorantly claim that Islam is a religion, because it’s not!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I=slam, it’s a way of death, a deathstyle..

  • http://www.BanLiberals.com/ Ban Liberals

    Islam — the bane of the civilized world.

  • worldwatchman

    Two thoughts come to mind. One is assassination and two is firebomb.

  • GeorgeW

    No surprise to me the “Ground Zero” Mosque is where it is.
    What does surprise me is why I have not heard anyone connect the ownership that is the core of Islam.
    They spilled blood at that site, Muslim blood was spilled in taking down the great Satan, and the Mosque was given to them as a symbol of the beginning of their conquest of North America.
    Just my opinion, but If it was not as I stated, it would not have been built there.