Georgie Anne Geyer doesn't know that Cordoba was actually a place where Jews and Christians lived as dhimmis, under all the institutionalized oppression of the Sharia, and so the fact that the group behind the mega-mosque has taken the name "Cordoba Initiative" is not a good sign -- which is probably why they have now dropped that name. But she makes some good points about the arrogance and unilateralism of the Muslims involved in this project.
"Ground Zero Mosque is a bad idea," by Georgie Anne Geyer for Universal Press Syndicate, July 24:
[...] First, the wrenching context: We all know what happened on 9/11, of course, and we are well informed about the perpetrators of the massacre. But who exactly are the Muslims who blithely want to build so close and so high that they can look down on this tragic American cemetery?
One organization is the Cordoba Initiative, which has a good reputation as an Islamic group that wants to meet with Christians in an atmosphere reminiscent of an Islamic "Y." (It is named after the liberal Islamic caliphate in Cordoba, Spain, ruling from the eighth to the 15th centuries, which respected Christians and Jews -- a good sign.)
But no one has revealed where the $100 million for the mosque has come from, who is behind the idea, or who are the people leading the entire project. [...]
The so-named "spokesman" and "founder" for the Ground Zero Mosque initiative, interviewed on CNN, was far from courteously trying to convince other Americans of his group's good intentions. He was arrogant, smug and derisive of non-Muslim Americans. One came away from his interview feeling that he really wanted to, as the kids rather eloquently say, stick it to us.
Given these chasms of information -- and the attitude of the Muslims involved -- one can only be against this Ground Zero Mosque. The unequivocal fact is that the grounds where so many died so terribly is no place at this moment of history for any mosque....