Rep. Pelosi calls for investigation of WTC mosque opposition
The Washington Times
By Kerry Picket
Published on August 17, 2010
UPDATE 1: Speaker Pelosi has sent out a statement regarding her comments on investigating those who she believes may be funding the opposition to the mosque:
“The freedom of religion is a Constitutional right. Where a place of worship is located is a local decision. I support the statement made by the Interfaith Alliance that 'We agree with the ADL that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center.' "
But on KCBS radio: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, called for an investigation of those who are protesting the building of the ground zero mosque on Tuesday. She told San Francisco's KCBS radio:
"There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how ... this opposition to the mosque is being funded," she said. "How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we've been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community, as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City?" (h/t Kristinn)
Calls to investigate the funding for those proposing the $100 million "Cordoba House" have fallen on deaf ears, though, as New York's Mayor Mike Bloomberg has described such an investigation as "un-American."
Ms. Pelosi called the ground zero mosque an "urban development decision" for New Yorkers to work through. Her remarks happened on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, parting ways with President Barack Obama on the issue. Mr. Reid suggested the mosque should be built somewhere else.
"First they came ..." is a famous statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. The text expresses, in a condensed form, the understanding of history presented by Niemöller in a January 6, 1946 speech before representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt.
"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."
Amerikan Patriot said: Cruella, your swastika is showing? The true tyrannical Leftist colors are coming out! Historically the Left has been responsible for more genocides than any other political group in modern times and now you see why! They cannot tolerate any criticism or dissent to their insanity and thus when they are unable to discredit such opposition they resort to force when they have the power to do so! The force used escalates to whatever level, they in their insanity, feel is necessary to crush such dissent…..
Nazi's black list discovered in Berlin
Booklet of over 2,300 names
Friday 14 September 1945
Berlin, September 13.
Himmler's Gestapo prepared for the invasion of England in 1940 by compiling a list of more than 2,300 persons ranging from Mr. Winston Churchill to Jewish refugees whose arrest was to be "automatic" after the Wehrmacht's victory. The list is contained in a booklet found in the Berlin headquarters of the Reich Security Police.
It named key administrators in the universities of Bristol, London, and Oxford, 171 firms ranging from banks to the Western Union Telegraph Company; Masonic lodges, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and 389 societies including the Fabian Society, the Rotary International, the P.E.N. Club, the Oddfellows Society, the Society of Frends, the Y.M.C.A., the Church of England Committee for Non-Aryan Christians, the Society of Friends of the Soviet Union, the Maccabi World Union, and trade unions.
A special section listed 35 publications whose offices were to be seized immediately and records confiscated and executives arrested. They included the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Herald, Daily Telegraph, News Chronicle, Yorkshire Post, the Observer, Spectator, Sunday Post, Sunday Chronicle, Sunday Pictorial, Sunday Referee, News Review, and Picture Post.
One section gave the motor-car licence numbers and names of 26 persons who had travelled in the Reich before the war "in suspicious circumstances."
The list, published in neat booklet form with extra pages for agents' notes and the results of their search for wanted persons, was found by Allied investigators. It was originally compiled after the fall of France and appeared to have been revised, probably yearly, thereafter.
Politics and the arts.
Mr. Churchill and his Cabinet Ministers were carefully documented. France's present leader was listed simply as "De Gaulle, former French general." Prominent refugees included Von Starhemberg, the former Austrian Heimwehr chief; Paderewski, the pianist-statesman; Eduard Benes, Jan Masaryk, Stefan Zweig, Dr. Hermann Rauschning, the former German naval captain Franz Rintelen, and Dr. Sigmund Freud.
The list also included all available responsible officials of the exiled Governments or the National Committees of occupied France, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Austria, as well as large numbers of refugees from Germany.
There were two entries for Mr. Attlee - "Attlee, Clement Richard, major," and "Attlee, Clemens, leader Labour party." Lord Beaverbrook appeared as "Beaverbrook," Duncan Sandys as "Dunkan Sandys," Vic Oliver as "Olivier, Jewish actor."
From the word of arts and literature were listed Jacob Epstein, Noel Coward, David Low, Paul Robeson, Dame Sybil Thorndike, and such authors as Douglas Reed, Aldous Huxley, and Rebecca West.
Among the political entries were: Lady Astor, "enemy of Germany," George Lansbury, "rules German emigrant political circles"; Richard Acland, "anti-Fascist Liberal M.P."; Robert Vansittart, "leadership of British Intelligence Service, Chief Diplomatic Adviser to the Foreign Office"; Neville Chamberlain, "political, former Prime Minister."
Members of the peerage included Lord Baden-Powell, Strabolgi, Burnham, Dawson of Penn, Camrose, Derby, Burghley, and Simon. Other notable people were Sir Archibald Sinclair, Sir Walter Citrine, and Sir Stafford Cripps. Lord Harewood and Lord Reading were listed together with their family names, "Lascelles" and "Isaac[s]."
Education was represented by, among others, Profess
or Julian Huxley, Cyril Edwin Joad, Harold Laski, and Philip J. Noel-Baker. Mrs. Beatrice Webb and Dr. Chaim Weizmann were also in the list. Considerable attention was also given to journalists.
Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.
In May 1933, the Nazi party decreed that any book, “which acts subversively on our future or strikes at the root of German thought, the German home and the driving forces of our people...” was to be burnt.
Students carrying banners toured the streets, rifling libraries, synagogues, and private homes. Works of philosophers, rationalists, poets, and internationally acclaimed authors, which had until then formed part of universal studies, were thrown into the flames.
On May 10, 1933, in a symbolic act of ominous significance, the students burned upwards of 25,000 volumes of “un-German” books, presaging an era of state censorship and control of culture. That night, in most university towns, right-wing students marched in torchlight parades “against the un-German spirit.” Rituals scripted for the event called for high Nazi officials, professors, university rectors, and student leaders to address the participants and spectators. At the meeting places, students threw the pillaged and unwanted books into the bonfires with great joyous ceremony, band-playing, parades, songs, and “fire oaths.”
Although the German Students Association had planned the book burnings for May 10, some were postponed a few days because of rain. Based on local chapter preference, others took place on June 21, the summer solstice, a traditional date of celebration. Nonetheless, in 34 university towns across Germany the book burning was a success, attracting widespread newspaper coverage. In some places, notably Berlin, radio broadcasts transmitted the speeches, songs, and ceremonial incantations live to countless German listeners.