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AP: Mosque Is Outside Of ‘Ground Zero’

From the grotesquely uninformed propagandists at the Associated Press:

Part of the landing gear from hijacked United Flight 175 that crashed through the Burlington Coat Factory’s roof and two floors.

Ground zero’s boundaries evolve in mosque debate

By Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press Writer
August 26, 2010

NEW YORK – The furor over how close is too close to ground zero for a planned Islamic center and mosque has raised a simple question nine years after Sept. 11: Where exactly is ground zero?

The lines marking the site of the 2001 terror attacks change depending on which New Yorker, 9/11 family member and American you talk to. Even those who know it best can’t agree on its boundaries. Tourists who come to snap pictures outside of a busy construction site often aren’t sure that they’re there.

Andrew Slawsky, a 22-year-old college student standing outside the proposed mosque and Islamic center, north of the World Trade Center site, says ground zero is not here.

"This is not sacred ground," Slawsky said. "To me, ground zero is any site that was destroyed or damaged on 9/11 — mostly the hole in the ground."

This is in itself outrageous. For it displays a total and willful lack of knowledge on the part of this ‘college student,’ but more importantly by the AP ‘reporter’ who wrote this article.

The building in question, of course was damaged on 9/11. As we have regularly noted, it has been closed since 9/11, and its value plummeted from $18 million to $4 million, precisely because the landing gear and part of the fuselage of hijacked United Flight 175 crashed through its roof and top two floors.

The evolving boundaries of ground zero have informed — or misinformed — the debate about its proximity to the planned Park51 community center.

The reporter has a lot of nerve to talk about being "misinformed" when she does not even know the basic facts.

The farther away from the place, the bigger it seems.

"It’s constructed as hallowed ground when people don’t actually have a clear boundary for it or a clear sense of what’s within the boundary," said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a University of Pennsylvania communications professor who studies political rhetoric. "What you have is a classic instance of people responding to a symbol whose meaning is physically divorced from the actual space."

We wonder if this “communications professor who studies political rhetoric” is aware that the building in question was damaged by one of the hijacked planes. Or that the site was chosen by the mosque builders precisely because of its "iconic" status. (See below.)

In fact, we would bet the farm that our reporter is completely clueless about such pesky details.

Ground zero for decades had conjured up images of the atomic bomb blasts in 1945. After Sept. 11, it became a journalistic shorthand that evoked war and devastation, with an Associated Press report on the day of the attacks referring to the ruins of the towers as ground zero

You see, if it hadn’t been for the Associated Press, we wouldn’t even have the term "ground zero." But now the AP is trying to make good by telling by ordering its ‘reporters’ to avoid referring the Mosque being built there as the ‘Ground Zero Mosque.’

Which, surely will turn the debate around. Even though the AP’s propaganda push is based entirely upon a lie.

It became synonymous with the World Trade Center site as the debris field left by the attacks — body parts and airplane debris on rooftops and office papers that flew to Brooklyn and New Jersey — got smaller.

Again, the ‘reporter’ here displays her ignorance. Debris – parts of the plane – landed on the Mosque building. So, even by her ‘logic,’ it is part of the “smaller” Ground Zero area.

Since the first months after the attacks, the 16-acre site has been fenced-off and mostly covered

The site hasn’t been “mostly covered.” How do you cover 16 acres? We are beginning to suspect that Ms. Westfeldt has never even been to the site.

"The fence is certainly the way we think of it," said Steve Sigmund, Port Authority’s chief spokesman. The city uses the same boundaries, a spokesman said.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp., a rebuilding agency that decided what would be built on the site, also counts parts of a block south of the fenced-off area as part of ground zero. That includes a former bank tower being dismantled, where officials hope to build another skyscraper.

Joe Daniels, president of the foundation in charge of the 9/11 memorial, said ground zero is the fenced-off area

The Park51 project is two blocks north of the fence, in a neighborhood bustling with TriBeca restaurants and hotels and Battery Park City apartment buildings. The World Financial Center, a Burger King, discount clothing outlet, firehouse and Catholic church..

You see? This mosque has nothing to do with Ground Zero. It’s outside of the fence to the north. It’s near a Burger King. Case closed.

And yet that is not the way the builders of the mosque see things. From our posting of the New York Times article back in December:

Muslim Prayers and Renewal Near Ground Zero

Published: December 8, 2009

… The building, offering retail space for lease, has no sign that hints at its use as a Muslim prayer space, and the worshipers are out in an hour. But these modest beginnings point to a far grander vision: an Islamic cultural,educational and recreational center near the city’s most hallowed piece of land.

It would stand as one of ground zero’s more unexpected and striking neighbors. But the location was precisely a key selling point for the group of Muslims who bought the building in July.

“New York is the capital of the world, and this location close to 9/11 is iconic,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, 61, the cleric leading the project, a longtime critic of radical Islamists, said in a series of interviews in which he and his partners outlined their plans for the first time.

A presence so close to the World Trade Center, “where a piece of the wreckage fell,” Imam Feisal added, “sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.”

Interestingly enough, the New York Times has expunged these paragraphs from its subsequent editions of this article.

But if Imam Rauf believes the location of the site is “iconic,” that’s good enough for us. And no amount of spinning from the Associated Press is going to change that stubborn fact.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP: Mosque Is Outside Of ‘Ground Zero’”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    If this <Ground Zero mosque is outside – quote Ground Zero endquote – How come they applied for Landmark Status? How come it sustained damage in the attack on Sept 11, 2001 by radical terrorists who happened to be islamic?

    So lets get this time line straight:
    1) on Sept 11, 2001 the Burlington Coat factory was hit by a landing gear from one of the planes that hit the WTC in an attack by radical terrorists who happened to be islamic.
    2) the value of the building plummeted from $18m to $4m – probably had a higher value prior to 9/11/01 but of course the sharia compliant media is not reporting – it’s use prior to 9/11 nor its value prior to 9/11 – hmm, I wonder why?
    3) the group (actually Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy Kahn) leases – not the entire building but half (Con Ed has a lease on half the building until 2071)
    4) the building was bought in 2006 for $4m with another $700,000 paid to purchase the lease of the Con Ed (remember it is until 2071 – I thought that these leases/ownership were huge things in NYC) – the group is attempting to ‘purchase’ the Con Ed part of the building – although the actual purchaser has threatened to even destroy the building (as his ‘right’ as owner of the lease) – the sale must go through a commission headed by the Gov.
    5) in July of 2009 it finally gets out that the intended use of this property is to build a mosque (read the original stories – it is called a mosque – not a community center) to help ‘heal’ NYC.
    6) and in Aug 2010 the building is denied Landmark Status. How damn convenient.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  2. GetBackJack says:

    If no one would over-react afterwards, I can MAKE IT part of a Ground Zero if that’s what they want.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Up until lately we Americans had the majority rules.
    Now it seems we “HAVE” to kiss our sworn enemies and let them cuddle our soft underbelly.
    Might as well arm and supply them, too!

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Build it and they will come and we will know where they are.

  5. hushpuppy says:

    And the lunatic left is trying to embarrass regular Americans with crap like this Time Magazine cover ” Is America Islamophobic?”


    Here’s a ‘what if’ scenario for you to consider… (God forbid)

    What if… by some unfathomable means it was decreed that everyone must convert to Islam or be put to death…. how would the all those lefties, Demoncrats and the Hollyweird people react to being told to put on burkas instead of the actresses and singers dressing like the whores (including being photographed with their private parts showing like Parisite Hilton and Britney Spears); and do all the rest of the crap that moslems do?

    I wonder how well that would go over? I wonder how long it would take for them to whine that islam isn’t the fun religion of peace they thought it was?

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