Buffalo businessman Carl P. Paladino, a candidate for governor in the forthcoming New York Republican primary made a startling revelation about the Ground Zero mosque in a interview (reprinted below) with NY1 reporter Elizabeth Kaledin. Paladino says there are plans for the new mosque to contain a memorial wall dedicated to the 19 Muslim hijackers who crashed the airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Capitol Confidential, a web site with a behind-the-scenes look at New York politics, has a story about Paladino's campaign written by Jimmy Vielkind, published on July 29th, which releases a transcript of the interview with NY1.
Capitol Confidential reporter Jimmy Vielkind writes:
Carl Paladino, the Buffalo developer hoping to win a Republican gubernatorial primary, is doubling down his opposition to a mosque in Lower Manhattan, saying it’s an “affront to the American people” and “it’s about the Islamists wanting to illustrate that they have conquered America by taking down the World Trade Center.”In an interview last night with NY1 (partially obscured by Paladino’s statement that he will not run for governor on just a third-party line) and speaking this morning with Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom, Paladino equated those building or using the proposed Cordoba Mosque with Muslim terrorists who attacked the United States on September 11 and are waging war on American troops abroad.
“The governor doesn’t really have a clue what this issue is about,” Paladino told Arbetter. “It’s not about religion, it’s not about the First Amendment. It’s about ideology. It’s about the Islamists wanting to illustrate that they have conquered America by taking down the World Trade Center. It’s a claim of triumph.”
“I will fight and use any means. Right now, the means that I’m suggesting is to do an eminent domain easement over the entire area,” he continued. “I will protect the American people from such an arrogant intrusion.”
"NOTE: The current transcript is updated slightly from an earlier version of the post, which was based off of a rough transcript. I later got the recording and tweaked the post to be in agreement with the audio. There were no major changes — just some misplaced this-that and some verb tenses. The above version, now, is correct."
According to a transcript, on NY1, Paladino was asked by Elizabeth Kaledin about his opposition to the mosque.Q: You’re saying the siting of the mosque is being evidence of plans of conquest.
A: Not plans of conquest, that act of those Jihadists.
Q: These people are unrelated to the terrorists?
A: How are they unrelated? They telling us they’re related.
Q: There are millions of Muslims in the world.
A: There are millions of them, but these people who are advocating this mosque, we don’t know who they are, do we.
Q: Should we not find out? Calmer minds have prevailed and said let’s find out the trail of the money.
A: Calmer minds would say build your mosque anywhere else, don’t build it in the footprint of the dust storm following 9/11. That dust contains the remains of many, many people. It’s not 600 feet away. It is part of the area that the dust covered. OK? That’s a very solemn place for the American people. I met this afternoon with a mother of a fireman who died there. It’s a terrible feeling she has. Did you know they’re going to put on a wall in this whatever they’re building, they’re going to put on the wall the faces of the men who flew those aircraft into that building. They’re going to put their faces on the wall. Why are we memorializing those men?
Q: We’re off the topic, here, of the mosque. I want to be clear — your opposition to the mosque is bigger than an issue of sensitivity.
A: It absolutely is.
Q: You sound like you’re opposed to, you know, sort of the growth of an Islamic or Muslim practice of religion in Lower Manhattan.
A: Not the practice of religion. The growth of a Muslim, Islamic idea of conquering the world. Okay. They have said it. They have said the world will eventually come under their rule rule. And this was a part of it. The attack on the World Trade Center was a part of it. This is no different than putting up a symbol to Hirohito next to Hickam Field in Pearl Harbor.
Q: Do you think that is a positive message to express to young New Yorkers, especially young New Yorkers?
Q: That we should be looking over our shoulders thinking that Muslims are trying to take over.
A: We better start.
Q: You want to teach that to our children?
A: Yes, because that’s the real world out there, and that’s what our troops are fighting for and dying for in those two wars.
I can only wonder why there are not more Republican candidates speaking the truth about the real motives behind the Muslim push for the building of so many mosques in America. The lead for this story came from Bare Naked Islam which is one of a growing number of diligent web sites reporting the truth about the Islamization of America.