Why is the Ground Zero mosque removing web pages, and changing its name?

More deception and dishonesty from Imam Rauf.

Claudia Rosett, as Thomas Lifson points out at American Thinker, is watching parts of the Feisal Rauf’s Ground Zero mosque website disappear before her very eyes.

Seriously, Where Is Imam Feisal … and What’s with His Web Site?

So where right now is Rauf? Still in Malaysia? Sipping tea with who-knows-whom in the Middle East? Jetting between Southeast Asia and the Gulf at U.S. taxpayer expense?

And while he’s on these travels, what’s going on with the web site of his Cordoba Initiative? Last week, after someone in his Malaysia office referred all questions back to his office in New York, the phone number and address of his office in Malaysia quietly vanished from the Cordoba web site. Roughly around the same time, as Anne Bayefsky noticed and explained in a Pajamas Media post this week, Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative web site also erased a photo showing Rauf meeting in Malaysia a while back with an Iranian official, Mohammad Javad Larijani — who, as Bayefsky explained, “was the Iranian official who defended Iran’s abysmal human rights record before the UN Human Rights Council in February and June of this year.”

Friday evening, after Obama gave his de facto endorsement to Rauf’s Cordoba/Park 51 Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center project, I took another look at the morphing Cordoba Initiative web site, and discovered it now has a note on the main page saying “Website is currently under construction.” (Grab your screenshots now — parts of this site are already sliding down the Memory Hole).

What’s going on? Why the vanishings of the Malaysian address, the Rauf-Larijani Iranian connection photo, and the elusive Imam Feisal himself? Have either Obama or Bloomberg made even the smallest effort to inquire about what use will be made, or by whom, of these de facto endorsements they are handing out?

This prompted us to take a look at Rauf’s website and we found an interesting explanation of the “Cordoba” name already down the memory hole. From the CordobaInitiative.org website dated July, 2008:

The Cordoba Name

For hundreds of years during the middle ages, Cordoba was the capital of Muslim Spain. During much of its “golden age” from the 8th to 12th centuries, the Cordoba Caliphate witnessed a great flowering of culture, art, and philosophical inquiry amid a remarkable climate of religious tolerance. Religious freedom, while not perfect, was sufficient that many Jewish and Christian intellectuals emigrated to Cordoba, where they lived, wrote and flourished side by side with their Muslim counterparts in a strikingly pluralistic society. The Cordoba name reminds both Muslims and non-Muslims that a great Islamic civilization was once the most open and tolerant of its era.

The Cordoba Caliphate? An Islamic civilization? That’s right. As Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch pointed out, Rauf has already abandoned the Cordoba name, Ground Zero mega-mosque group ditches name redolent of Islamic supremacism:

The name “Cordoba” has been marketed to gullible Americans as being a place where Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived in harmony and peace, but actually Medieval Muslim Spain enforced the dhimma and systematically oppressed the Jews and Christians, and was the site of a Muslim pogrom against the Jews in the year 1011 — 1000 years before this mega-mosque is slated to open.

Maybe enough people caught on to the name’s bitter irony, and the deceivers decided it was best deep-sixed.

Maybe. Jihad Watch points to an article by Raymond Ibrahim for more detail:

Oddly enough, the so-called “tolerant” era of Cordoba supposedly occurred during the caliphate of ‘Abd al-Rahman III (912-961)–well over a thousand years ago. “Eight hundred years ago,” i.e., around 1200, the fanatical Almohids–ideological predecessors of al-Qaeda–were ravaging Cordoba, where “Christians and Jews were given the choice of conversion, exile, or death.” A Freudian slip on the part of the Cordoba Initiative?

At any rate, the true history of Cordoba, not to mention the whole of Andalusia, is far less inspiring than what Western academics portray: the Christian city was conquered by Muslims around 711, its inhabitants slaughtered or enslaved. The original mosque of Cordoba–the namesake of the Ground Zero mosque–was built atop, and partly from the materials of, a Christian church. Modern day Muslims are well aware of all this. Such is the true–and ominous–legacy of Cordoba….

More pointedly, throughout Islam’s history, whenever a region was conquered, one of the first signs of consolidation was/is the erection of a mosque atop the sacred sites of the vanquished: the pagan Ka’ba temple in Arabia was converted into Islam’s holiest site, the mosque of Mecca; the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, was built atop Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem; the Umayyad mosque was built atop the Church of St. John the Baptist; and the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque upon the conquest of Constantinople.

So, why the name change after touting it as such a model of historical tolerance? Why did Rauf flush his Cordoba explanation down the memory hole prior to announcing his plans for a mosque at Ground Zero? Then flush the name too? Screen shot here in case they flush the memory hole down the memory hole.

Claudia Rosett asks at the end of her piece:

…are there other folks the rest of us have not yet heard about, who are currently buying private property near the Twin Towers site to build yet more mosques and Islamic centers?]

Excellent question.

19 thoughts on “Why is the Ground Zero mosque removing web pages, and changing its name?

  1. This is a perfect opportunity to watch how these slimy liars play their games. Learn from it & use it against all of them.

  2. Yes, slimey liars describes them until something better comes along. The Meszkito in Cordoba was a Christian center until the barbarian hordes came along and slaughtered their way into Cordoba Spain and took it over. Much as is happening in NY. They slaughtered their way in and are building their victory mosque. Victory over the US. Symbolism is very important to moon worshipers.

    We need Ferdinand and Isabella to kick them out as they did in Spain. No one that brave in sight in our government. Afterall,our usurper President was born in Kenya and is a Moslem.

  3. [found this recent web snippet – Karl]

    Michelle Obama’s Allah-day

    Why was Michelle Obama spreading “stimulus” money during her sheik-like holiday in Spain? Do you suppose Barack Hussein Obama told her he can’t get re-elected without the votes of Hispanics who aren’t American citizens and she thought he meant the non-American Hispanics living in Spain?
    At least those foreigners are much better than “voters” in American cemeteries!
    BTW, in 1928 Herbert Hoover’s campaign promised that if he were elected there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”
    Well, Obama has come up with a Hoover twist and says that if he’s re-elected there will be “a chick in every car and some pot in every garage”!
    For some insights into Obamessiah and his think-alikes, Google “Obama Avoids Bible Verses,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Government-Approved Illegals,” and “Imam Bloomberg’s Sharia Mosque.”
    Have you noticed that America’s “Christian” president has favorites? See search engines including Google and type in “Obama Favors Islam Over Christianity.” If minority groups in America keep getting special “status,” will the USA become known as the United Status of America?
    I wonder how soon Obama will “come out” and admit he’s a Muslim!

  4. First off great stuff. Its good to find folks like you that are revealing the true facts about Cordoba, and Imam Rauf. I was wondering that with the Mosque getting so much attention today, it might be more then a coincidence that Iman Rauf is out of town on a mission for Obama at the expense to tax payers. Its easier to avoid tough questions when your not in country.

    Once again thanks for keeping us all updated on the facts and not the lies the liberal media wants us to believe.

  5. Here is my email to Bloomberg of a few days ago; a similar one went to Obama’s white house web site.

    Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

    You appear to be unfamiliar with Islamic jihad history. It makes the 20th century super tyrants – Stalin, Hitler, Tojo, etc,. mere street thugs by comparison. Islam is not just a religion, but an ideology planning to conquer the world, including the United States, as affirmed in the Muslim Brotherhood Manifesto.

    In its 1,400 year never-ending war with Western Civilization and the Civilizations of the East, Islam has made it a point of demonstrating its supremacy over conquered peoples by converting their sacred places to mosques, witness The Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem, the Church of the Hold Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) in Constantinople, and over 2000 Hindu temples in India, etc., etc., ad infinitum.

    Among the most revered mosques by Muslims as a symbol of supremacy is the former Mosque of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain. The jihad conquered Cordoba in 717 AD and took over the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and converted it to the Cordoba mosque. It was finally recaptured by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492 – it is now the cathedral of the Catholic diocese of Cordoba. Osama Bin Laden’s global jihad objectives include the re-conquest of Spain and the original Cordoba Mosque as part of his plan to restore the “glory” of Islam.

    The siting of the new Cordoba Mosque follows the 1400-year old Islamic tradition of imposing supremacy over Infidels by debasing their traditions and sacred sites, and memorializing the site instead as an Islamic victory. How better to toot Islamic supremacy than to and build a mosque overviewing the site of the victorious 911 Islamic attack on Western Civilization? And by resurrecting the name of Cordoba Mosque, they tell the Uhmah the jihad conquests continue!

    Please prevent this Islamic trampling on the memory of our innocent dead.

  6. It was fun watching the Obama backers trying to spin their way out of Obama’s approval for the Ground Zero Mosque. On all the talk shows, the Democrats were doing their best to put out the fire. But to no avail. Simply backtracking from his earlier statements won’t save Obama and his cohorts. America knows now we have a muslim in the White Mosque. America knows Obama stand on the side of Muslims and againsts the families of those who died on 9/11. Keep talking Obama, November is approaching quickly. You won’t recognize many of the new faces once the voting ends.

    This won’t go away. We won’t let it go away, You awoke a sleeping giant Mr Obama. The American people.

  7. Even after the website redesign and insistance upon a new name, Cordoba House and Cordoba Initiative is still used rather than the more innocuous Park51.

    Same with whether or not it’s a mosque. While speaking of the project, Rauf and Daisy as well as all their spokespersons say clearly and right at the beginning that it is not a mosque; it’s a community center. Then they go right into talking about the ‘prayer space’ on the top floor. A Christian prayer space is a church, a Jewish prayer space is a synagogue or temple, a Moslim prayer space is a masjid/mosque.

    Park51 is the same as the Jewish Comminity Center Manhattan and the Midtown YMCA. Almost, but with one notable exception. JCC has no prayer space, Jewish or otherwise, and the Y has no prayer space, Christian or otherwise.

    • and you can be sure sharia will be applied at the “community” center, pool, dining area, etc… interesting the “prayer space” will allow muslims to look down onto Ground Zero were their co-religionists destroyed the most symbolic buildings of capitalism and finance in the world

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  11. Back in the 1600’s there were spanish conquerors. They would destroy statues of native americans. Basically, claiming they were demons and an affront to God, the all powerful one. Then they would erect a Christian church where the statue once was. This was a sign of their triumph much like the cordoba mosque on ground zero.


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