Muslims take over New York City!
Thankfully, instead of just assuming this was true he asked me about it. He in turn had received it from someone else. Apparently, it’s making the rounds.
I first saw the top picture on a radical Christian website, that among other things states that a “vote for Mitt Romney (a Mormon) is a vote for Satan” and this response to Rick Warren reaching out to Muslims:
There is no “walking hand in hand” with Muslims! They are on the wide road to destruction while born-again Believers are on that narrow road to Glory! Muslims need to understand that they have bought a 1400-year-old lie from hell, and when they die, their souls will burn in the flames of hell for all eternity unless they turn from the lies of Islam and embrace faith in Jesus Christ and the Truth of the Bible!!!
I hesitate to even provide the link because the site is filled with such hatred and condemnation that it makes me sick. But then I thought no I think it’s important that Christians see that their religion also has its share of crackpots. What makes this particular guy ( I won’t even mention his name, I’m so disgusted) so dangerous is that he is sponsoring a “Ha we will show you dirty Muslims who’s boss, we’re gonna build a church within the same vicinity. Personally, I have no problem with that, except unlike the Muslim Community Center, his church will be spewing forth the exact filth and hatred that so many politicians are pointing to as a reason to NOT allow the Muslims to build their church, mosque or whatever. He is explicitly capitalizing on the emotions of 9-11 to get his own church built, yet no one has come out against it. Why?
In regards to the original e-mail, I sent this response back to my friend with a few things modified for this post:
A lot of stuff happens in NYC. :)
With that being said, this could have been a way for them to protest the anti-mosque crowd on one given day. I have NEVER seen this, and I work on the same street. Madison Avenue is only 3 blocks away, so if there was in fact a traffic tie up, all I have to do is look out the window to the east. In fact, just the opposite occurs. In the afternoon (because 42 Street is considered midtown and it’s mostly stores and offices, not residences) the streets are actually quite empty by NYC standards.
I walk the city quite a bit, especially Manhattan. It’s hard for me to even find a mosque even though I know they exist. I think most people equate mosques with minarets, the calling of prayers over the loudspeakers, etc. This just isn’t the case…in Manhattan anyway. Many are just rooms in a building that you couldn’t tell what the hell it is except for the Arabic writing the outside and even then it doesn’t mean it’s a mosque. Could just be a community center or a restaurant.
Here’s a great link to show you what I mean. The top pictures are typical mosques and you have to scroll down quite a bit to see the mosques in NYC.
One other thing to consider. I read the NYT on a daily basis. But I also read the WSJ, New York Post (Rupert Murdoch’s paper, owner of Fox News) and various other references. Not a single one has reported on this. And believe me if this actually happened EVERY Friday as the picture and poster claims , we would know about it. Again, 42nd Street Midtown is one of the commercial centers for International business and offices. It just wouldn’t be feasible.
After asking another friend about it, this is what I found out:
Check it out. It’s not true. It’s part of a yearly Muslim Day parade.
Really, it’s not much different from the St. Patrick’s Day parade or the Easter parade.
The reality is, New Yorkers would never put up with a major intersection being blocked once a week by Muslim prayer groups, Hindu cattle crossings, Christian re-enactments of the Last Supper, or Druids performing human sacrefices. We have places to go, things to see. Get out of the way!
So there you have it. One the greatest strengths of the internet is also its greatest weakness. For it has the power to spread BOTH truths AND lies with equal speed. It is up to the individual to determine how much effort he or she is willing to put forth in order to ascertain which is which.