Monday, September 15, 2008
The Islamic Society of Boston has revealed that they intend to broadcast an amplified call to prayer throughout the neighborhood now that the Boston mosque is complete...but that's contrary to what two previous spokespeople assured the public when the mosque was still under construction.
The Boston Globe has done a pleasant puff-piece on the Islamic Society of Boston/Muslim American Society Boston Mosque: Making peace, and prayers. Sub-head: 'Mosque opens its doors as controversy fades'. Controversy fades? Only in the pages of the Boston Globe. Quoted in the piece are representatives of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), without mentioning both groups' ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the many controversies that stir around both groups, the mosques' ties to Saudi extremists and funding, the fractures within the local Muslim Community itself, and the many other still-living issues surrounding the mosque project and its leadership. As Michael Graham writes today:
...Speaking of taxpayer screwjobs, the Boston Globe-Democrat has a story today about the opening of Menino's Mosque. Interestingly, this long and detailed article leaves out the two key facts about the Islamic Society of Boston's project:
The taxpayers of Boston subsidized the building of this mosque by "donating" a $2 million parcel of land to the ISB for less than $200,000- -- a deal arranged when a member of the Boston Redevelopment Board also just happened to be a fundraiser for the ISB.
The ISB is notorious for its support of terror advocates like Mullah Al-Qawadari, who was the first prominent mullah to urge women to become suicide bombers, too. The ISB has actually distributed the teachings of this sicko. And now, thanks to Mayor Menino, they've got a publicly-funded mosque to continue their work.
A revealing comment appears in religion reporter Michael Paulson's related blog entry: A view from the minaret. Paulson makes a stab at climbing the minaret. He writes:
I made it high enough to report that there's a nice view to be had of the crescent-topped mosque dome silhouetted against the distant skyline, but not high enough to tell you what it would be like if you were the muezzin who had to go up there five times a day to chant the call to prayer. Of course, the muezzin can't tell you either -- he's no fool -- they're going to broadcast the prayer summons (which will only happen during the day out of respect for the neighbors) by loudspeaker.
Well isn't that interesting? If you'd like to hear what neighborhood folks are going to put up with multiple times a day, let me remind you what it sounded like the day of the minaret capping:
Of course, this is the 21st century, there is no need for an amplified call to prayer. People have watches, cell phones and pagers now. This is proselytizing. To show you how things creep, let me remind you of a comment left by Miss Kelly on that post about the capping:
...I saw Salma Kazmi, former ISB spokesman, interviewed on Emily Rooney's show a few years ago, and she was asked about if the ISB was going to broadcast the call to prayer. She said "We have no plans to do that, at this time." Wiggle words!...
Wiggle words indeed.
Ron Newman, in the same thread, states (emphasis mine):
At yesterday's Workmen's Circle event, I asked Jessica Maase about the timing and volume of calls to prayer from the minaret.
She said that there would be no public calls to prayer audible outside the mosque at all, and that they had to get a special 'entertainment permit' from the city for the topping-off ceremony.
Another commenter followed up:
When Jessica Maase [Masse] states that "no public calls to prayer audible outside the mosque at all" she is being disingenuous at best. This tactic of starting prayers at a low volume than slowly raising the volume until the sound of the Muslim prayers are even able to penetrate solid concrete has been used around the world since the late 1970's...
So despite the fact that two previous spokespeople assured the public that there would be no calls broadcast outside the mosque, now that the structure is built plans have changed -- now that we'll have a battle of freedom of religion versus simple noise ordinances (Looks like a similar situation to that faced in Hamtramck, Michigan, where the City Council waved the noise ordinances in deference to the mosque there). This is how it happens...one step at a time.
Update 9-17-08: Robert Spencer comments on the story: Controversial Boston mosque run by Muslim Brotherhood opens, will broadcast call to prayer over loudspeaker
Update: 9-19-08: Miss Kelly has lots of important background and analysis on this here: ISB Mosque Controversy Fades - for the Boston Globe Maybe
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