True Confessions

Years and years ago, I heard or read a phrase that stuck in my memory (far better than the source):

“It’s not illegal” isn’t a defense, it’s a confession.”

Think about it. When do you hear that phrase, or some variant?

Most often, it’s when someone is challenged to justify their actions. And the response isn’t explaining anything why they did it, but to challenge your right to question them. It’s an admission that they have no morally or ethically defensible reason for doing what they did, but they don’t want to acknowledge that.

IF you look at the case of the Cordoba Center Mosque at Ground Zero Park51 Islamic Community Center That Coincidentally Is Blocks Away From Any Actual Community, Just Around The Corner From Ground Zero, And Will Include A Mosque Dedicated To The Same Allah In Whose Name The 9/11 Hijackers Acted, listen to the defenses being put up by the backers of the mosque. Boil it all down, and that is their argument in its entirety: “it’s not illegal.”

“We have the right to build our center here, or any place else.”

“The Constitution guarantees our right to have our houses of worship.”

“Those opposing us are bigots and prejudiced against Muslims.”

Notice what’s missing? That’s right. Any argument about how the mosque/community center is a good thing. Any argument about how the building will be a boon to the neighborhood and the city. Any argument about how it will demonstrate respect for the sensibilities of those who were so gravely injured by the 9/11 attacks.

Look at the initial plans. The building would be named “the Cordoba Center” — after the Moslem capitol of Islamic-conquered Europe. It was being built just steps from Ground Zero, in a building that was damaged by debris from one of the airliners and was shrouded in the debris and ash from the destruction. It would have a mosque at the top of its 13 stories, dominating all other religious structures in the city. And it would open on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

With all those factors, it was almost impossible to deny that this was intended as an in-your-face assertion of Muslim conquest and domination and supremacy. (In their defense, the “Cordoba” name was dropped and replaced with the oh-so-meaningful and oh-so-creative “Park 51,” a reference to its address of 51 Park Place. We’ll see if the “Cordoba” name makes a comeback later — I bet it will.)

Yes, the construction of the mosque “Islamic Community Center That Coincidentally Is Blocks Away From Any Actual Community, Just Around The Corner From Ground Zero, And Will Include A Mosque Dedicated To The Same Allah In Whose Name The 9/11 Hijackers Acted” is perfectly legal. Yes, there will be those who will protest it or fight it in ways that are less than legal (and they should be stopped and prosecuted if they do break the law). And I have little doubt that it will eventually open, but with quite a few disruptions and snags and holdups.

And it will have great value. It will serve as a constant reminder that, to the dominant forces with Islam, “tolerance” and “respect” and “sensitivity” is exclusively a one-way street — they are things that are demanded for Islam, but not ever to be demanded (or even expected) from Islam.

Their defense of their mosque is that it’s not illegal. And they’re perfectly right in that statement.

That statement is their sole defense. And that they can’t find anything else to say says all that needs to be said.

That is their confession. That is their uncoerced, unforced, uncompelled, entirely voluntary confession.

Mark it, and mark it well.

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