Cordoba House versus Team B:  Key to the Global 21st Century

Dr. Robert D. Crane

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Cordoba House versus Team B:  Key to the Global 21st Century

by Dr. Robert D. Crane

  The cat is now out of the bag.  The real issue in the Islamophobic attacks on Cordoba House was revealed officially on September 15th by Frank Gaffney’s monumental think-tank report, Shariah: The Threat to America, An Exercise in Competitive Analysis -Report of Team B II.

  The first excellent coverage of this new development on Capitol Hill was Daniel Luban’s analysis on Sep 16 in IPS reporting on Team B’s coming out party the day before, which highlights the linkage of Cordoba House to what Team B calls the “Great Shari’ah Conspiracy”.  This new linkage was supported at this official launching ceremony by such as Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican who is the influential ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who heads the House Tea Party Caucus. 

  The key word in the new campaign against Cordoba House as the ostensible agent of the “clear and present danger” of Islam in America and throughout the world is “totalitarian”, as in the report’s conclusion that the shari’ah is “the preeminent totalitarian threat of our time”. 

  This epithet was first invoked by Newt Gingrich fifteen years ago as a powerful political gimmick when he was Speaker of the House (see “Cordoba House: A Strategic, Legal, and Political Analysis” in, September 11, 2010).  Ironically, he was ousted shortly thereafter by the consensus of Congress as a totalitarian threat.  We should keep watch over this thread as a key to his bid now already launched for the U.S. presidency.

  We should keep this in mind also in our comments on Cordoba House and Park51.  Luban’s article unfortunately is entitled “Forget ‘Ground Zero Mosque”.  No way.  Cordoba House is the epicenter of what may well mark the future of human responsibilities and rights in the 21st century.  Cordoba House is a perfect symbol of America’s universal values.  This is why the purposes of Cordoba House, as articulated by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf in his book, What’s Right with Islam Is What’s Right with America, should be central to informed discussion on both domestic and foreign policy in America and throughout the world for the rest of our lives.


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