I got the following letter yesterday morning with regard to the St. Louis minaret that Political Mavens printed photos of, and which Gateway Pundit confirmed with its own photos in a post titled “Islamic Prayer Tower Rises Over South St. Louis City”, which the Little Green Footballs blog picked up. The letter came from an Irl S.:
[Yesterday’s] story about the STLouis Mosque, info supplied by “Zach. B”, is factually wrong. Story in today’s STL Post-Dispatch states that the Minaret will have no speakers, and will NOT broadcast prayers at any time. Nor, other than Zach. B., have neighborhood people complained.
With all the real problems involving radical Islam, this is NOT one of them. Petty, prejudiced presentation.
Would like to hear from Gorin in response.
Indeed, if you go here, you will see the story printed by St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which I’ll excerpt below:
Mosque threatened, Muslim group says
By Tim Townsend
A national Muslim civil rights organization has asked the FBI to investigate what it considers threats made on the Internet against a Bosnian mosque in St. Louis.
The comments were made on at least two blogs and related to a posting about a minaret being built at the mosque. The mosque is the Islamic Community Center, or Madina Masjid, at 4666 Lansdowne Avenue. A minaret is a tower from which the Muslim call to prayer is traditionally sounded.
The author of a blog called “Gateway Pundit: Observations of the World from the heart of Jesusland,” posted three photos of the minaret covered with scaffolding. One of the photos included the caption: “Those calls to prayers ought to go over really well with the people of this South St. Louis neighborhood.”
The “Gateway Pundit” author also cited another blog, Republican Riot, saying the Muslim call to prayer “is to be broadcast several times a day.” [Incorrect: Republican Riot did not say that; it was a clearly labeled quote by my source, introduced by a sentence specifying that this is a Bosnian mosque that would be broadcasting the prayer he speaks of.]
But Madina Masjid’s spiritual leader, Imam Muhamed Hasic, said the minaret is symbolic, not practical. There is no sound system or speakers on the minaret, which is scheduled to be completed next week. He said the minaret will not be used to call Muslims to prayer.
Another blog, called “Little Green Footballs,” linked to the “Gateway Pundit” post, and several comments on “Little Green Footballs,” caused the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations to contact the FBI, said Ibrahim Hooper, the council’s spokesman.
On “Little Green Footballs,” blogger Amer1can wrote, “Would be a shame if it were to be vandalized or destroyed. Just a shame I tell you….wink wink STL youth.”
Blogger Arthur E. Hippler added: “I suppose dynamite would be considered an extreme response.”
[Note: The reporter is purposely confusing comments posted by readers with those of the bloggers themselves. To make the point, Gateway Pundit posted Muslim-threatening comments left by readers on the Post-Dispatch’s own site.]
Hasic said he was unaware of the bloggers’ comments about the minaret and that he had heard of no complaints about the structure from people in the neighborhood. He said the mosque would officially celebrate the minaret’s completion next month.
Build it, and the sound will come.
Do we really need to spell this out for the fair-minded likes of letter writer Irl S., and the folks of St. Louis who haven’t complained? Today there is no sound, but tomorrow there will be. These things happen in stages — like the boiling frog scenario — and speakers are easy to install. The Muslims in Hamtramck, Michigan didn’t get their call to prayer approved overnight either; they had to overcome a noise ordnance.
Why did my source assume there would be a prayer broadcast from the minaret? Because he knows what a minaret is for. Actually, its job is two-fold. As the paper itself put it, the minaret is “symbolic”. The tall minaret is there to assert the mosque’s supremacy over other houses of worship. An excellent current example of this, in addition to Western Europe, is Kosovo, where the 100 Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosques that have gone up since Western intervention tower menacingly over the Orthodox churches that haven’t been burned down yet:
Do we really think the Serbs didn’t start out as we did? It’s an important question to consider, since St. Louis residents’ immigrant neighbors are the Serbs’ old ones from Bosnia.
Now, given that Irl S. seems to be aware of the “real problems involving radical Islam,” what might he think this tower is “symbolic” of? Since we know that non-Muslims in Muslim-majority countries are oppressed and killed, what beauty of Islam is it that the St. Louis Muslims are so proud of, and that the minaret symbolizes to them? Their pride in the fact that non-Muslims are third-class citizens (behind the second class — Muslim women) in their society? Or is it that Muslims all over the world blow stuff up hourly? Or is it symbolic of jihad’s arrival in St. Louis?
There’s no chance, is there, that jihad is a multi-pronged strategy? Irl S. certainly sees no connection between the ascendance of “radical Islam” simultaneously with that of Islam overall and everywhere.
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