What if Muslim imam Feisal Rauf wanted to build a mosque on a Ground Zero site in New York where some of the wreckage from the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks on the United States landed – and no builders showed up?
Maybe New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama, who both have advocated for the project, could help out.
Such a headache is the goal of a new online campaign called 911HardHatPledge.com launched by Andy Sullivan, a self-described New York-loving “hard hat,” who told WND today that his new effort already has attracted support from around the globe.
“It’s been overwhelming,” he said. “I wasn’t prepared for this. I thought this was going to be a local issue, a bunch of my construction buddies forming a boycott.”
Instead, he’s had hundreds, perhaps thousands of responses, and they have come from Canada, England, France, Germany and “people all over the world,” he said.
“I won’t sell them insurance,” one person who contacted Sullivan told him. “I won’t sell them ash trays,” said another.
The mosque project has been controversial since the plans became public, because of the location: A landing gear from a jet used as a terror bomb on that fateful day when nearly 3,000 Americans died landed on the building on the site of the proposed mosque.
No one, including those organizing the new campaign, suggests the Muslims don’t have a right to build a mosque; they do, however, question the wisdom and sensitivity of a decision that places a shrine to Islam essentially on what many Americans consider the hallowed ground of a graveyard.
Sullivan was frustrated both with his construction union leaders as well as his elected leaders who prominently displayed their support for a project many have described as a “triumphal mosque” at the Ground Zero location.
The Islamic center is being planned by the Cordoba Institute, which carries the name of the Spanish city where Muslims built a historic mosque to mark the religion’s successful campaign to conquer the region.
Sullivan told WND the response he has received has been 95 percent positive, including offers of “boycotts” from services and sectors other than construction. He said the few negative responses, include vulgar threats.
“What it’s done so far is create this movement,” he said. “It already has my union leaders going out of their minds. They’ve got all these rank-and-file members against this thing.”
But he said the union bosses are carrying out the wishes of their Democrat masters, and “they are in a spot.”
“As Americans, we acknowledge the Imam Feisal Rauf’s ‘right’ to build a mosque. But for most Americans, it is wholly contradictory of the Ground Zero Mosque developers to claim that it will be a center of ‘inter-faith’ relations when implicit in the term ‘inter-faith’ is the fundamental notion of respect and sensitivity to those of other faiths … and to those who view Ground Zero area as a cemetery,” according to the website.
The company said Sullivan already has been joined by “a couple of thousand hard hats who simply won’t work the site,” he said.
“That’s growing every day,” he said.
Featured prominently on the website is a Youtube video posted by Pat Condell in which the “Islamization” of the world is discussed:
“Apparently it’s not enough that nearly 3,000 innocent people had to lose their lives in a hideous act of religious mass murder but now their memory has to be insulted as well and the religion that murdered them allowed to build a towering triumphalist mosque on the ground where they died. Is American losing its mind?” he asks.
The website explains that troubling many Americans are Rauf’s “well-documented anti-American statements and his established relationships with Islamic terrorist organizations like Hamas.”
The online campaign also provides an option for citizens who are neither hard hats in New York’s construction industry nor in a position to boycott the project to notify their members of Congress and others of their concerns.