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How To Get Rid of the Islamic Center in New York City
Losing the Battle
Attempts to prevent the creation of an Islamic Centre within spitting distance of Ground Zero have failed. The Court has ruled that 'Freedom of Religion' covers buying a property and converting it to a religious venue.
That it is situated so close to where the Twin Towers stood means nothing.
That it is an affront to people who lost relatives in the 9/11 attacks is a non-point. Muslims have freedom of religion and are well within their rights to have set up a dummy company to buy the property and well within their rights to call it Cordoba House, and well within their rights to have a mosque in that Centre.
So New Yorkers will just have to accept it.
Lets Go To Plan B
There is no legal challenge one can use to confront a Constitutional issue. The lawyers for Cordoba House knew it. They were wise enough to instruct their clients to form a company; 51 Park Place LH LLC to buy Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp.
Nothing in the name of 51 Park Place LH LLC would have alerted any eye that this was an Islamic front. Hence we are dealing with a firm of quite crafty lawyers who had this planned out possibly from 2002.
So let us move away from court rooms and emotions and let's deal with something else. Let's get to the meat of the issue.
Take the Diagonal
Right Now, have whomever owns the premises across the street from the
proposed Islamic Centre immediately set about opening a restaurant.
A nice big fresh food restaurant. Lots of outside tables and balconies,
country music, noise and excitement.
A restaurant which prides itself on having the best and freshest pork in New York City.
The Front Window
In the front window, for all to see, have this lovely presentation of roast pork.
For those who don't believe their pig is fresh, there will be deliveries of walking
porkers early in the morning, just about sunrise.
Pigs brought from the farm will arrive and be led into the modern slaughter
facilities, proving that the meal you are eating for lunch ate its own breakfast
The Smell of Burning Flesh
The restaurant, with the thick smell of roasting pork will perfume the street, as happy
dinners stuff their faces.
Those who visit the Islamic Center will probably complain, after all, if they don't like
the smell of dead pig, if they don't like the sounds of squealing, if they don't like
knowing that the drain over there is catching pig's blood each morning, well hey,
And if the restaurant is there first, if it's doing business before the doors on
Cordoba House open, well, hey, don't people have the right to eat what they want?
The owners of the restaurant could offer a discount to members of the Islamic Center,
but that might be pushing it.