Daisy Khan, wife of Imam Rauf, says there is too much at stake to back down on the Ground Zero Mosque now.
“There is too much at stake, constitutional rights, the development of the Muslims here, how the world is watching the United States. We tell people America upholds religious freedom. We should not compromise those values.”
She maintains that the resistance has strengthened the resolve of the mosque supporters, she states that the supporters worry that if they cave on this issue that they may be next. (Whatever the Hell that means) She emphasizes that Americans must realize that not all Muslims are extremists and they must learn to distinguish between extremists and moderate Muslims and not be ruled by Islamaphobia.
Khan said the organizers “will have a dialogue” with the families of 9/11 victims, but added about the mosque site: “It is private property. To walk away without taking everything into consideration would be irresponsible.”
Instead of creating enemies, she said, she hopes this controversy will help people better understand Islam.
“We are debating about having a healing dialogue, building bridges, and this whole thing has turned into the opposite of what we have envisioned,” she said.
Khan said she is completely taken aback by the opposition.
Many people are asking why they are pursuing the project if they only want to build a dialogue with America?
She maintains that partisan strife is causing the conflict and that the Republicans are really going after them. She considers the construction of the Ground Zero Mosque to be a “defining moment” for Islam: hold on babe, isn’t it supposed to build a dialogue with Americans and Muslims? I hear warning bells in the background.
There is a movement among the union construction workers to refuse to work on the site.
“It’s a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground,” said Dave Kaiser, 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
“I wouldn’t work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11,” Kaiser said.
The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the “Hard Hat Pledge” on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.
“Thousands of people are signing up from all over the country,” said creator Andy Sullivan, a construction worker from Brooklyn. “People who sell glass, steel, lumber, insurance. They are all refusing to do work if they build there.”
This is a very interesting development, because of Obama’s dependency on the union rank and file for support; however, anyone who has worked high construction, wll tell you union solidarity among those who risk their life is totally different than among the Service Employees and Teacher’s Unions. It looks like Obama, in his desire to preen in front of the camera, has stepped in deep manure this time