September 22, 2007

Crescent Bowl of Embrace Betrayal

My blog friend Cao has an important post up regarding the memorial to the heroes of Flight 93 in a field in Pennsylvania. The elements of the memorial are so much like a mosque that it is amazing that more people aren't up in arms. Cao has documented carefully the elements and how they fit into the memorial making it like a mosque.

Had the designers made it with all the elements of a Christian Cathedral can you imagine the hue and cry in as much as it is being built with public monies? Why the designer and supporters are masking their intent is beyond me, anyone with a lick of sense can see. Here is a tidbit, after reading this, head on over to Cao's Blog and read the whole thing:

THIS Flight 93 memorial isn’t to honor our heroes; it honors the TERRORISTS who attacked us that day. It would be the biggest memorial mosque ever; on American soil; comemorating the 9/11 attack on the people on flight 93 in Pennsylvania. This is literally another Islamic hijacking. Where is the outrage?

I was thinking last night that terrorists believe that war is deception. This deception would be the biggest slap in the face of all time. Instead of making a monument to the courageous heroes on that flight who said ‘let’s roll’…the proposed design is dedicated to the terrorists of 9/11, and I doubt that if more people knew about it, they would support it.

Read the whole thing: "The Crescent “Bowl” of Embrace; a memorial mosque to the terrorists of Flight 93"

Posted by GM Roper at September 22, 2007 07:52 AM

You are a gentleman and a scholar.

The more I find out about this engenius design, the more I have to wonder what the hell is wrong with this country.

This is quite simply, an outrage...and the Park District should not be paying for or supporting the erection of an enormous mosque on public property...particularly since it's a memorial mosque that places the Islamic terrorists in the Islamic heavens, and the infidels - the VICTIMS - cast to the side.

Those people are the ones we are supposed to be memorializing; not the terrorists.

Posted by Cao at September 22, 2007 08:03 AM

I recall back when this project first began, that there were a lot of objections to this abomination registered then, as well.

Sadly, it was pretty much a done deal thanks to the PC concerns of the usual spineless suspects: Perform the "oscularum infame" on our enemies, maybe they won't hurt us anymore.

This is just like the folks who want whatever is built on Ground Zero to carry a theme of "America's injustices to the rest of the world" and "why they hate us".

Pardon me while I grit my teeth for bit...

Posted by Seth at September 22, 2007 09:48 AM

Pardon me while I grit my teeth along with you Seth. This is something that fills me with rage.
To think our troops get to come home to this outrage!

Posted by HoosierArmyMom at September 22, 2007 01:50 PM

I googled around to see what the designer's statements about all of this are. I was expecting to read some hippy-dippy we-are-all-brothers thing, but that's not what I found. I think his sentiments are genuine in memorializing the heroes and the islamic symbolism is accidental. If that seems impossible to those reading, remember how plausible all those interpreters of the Book of the Revelation or The DaVinci Code sound until one looks at alternative explanations.

That being said, I am distressed that an accidental symbolism which reverses the artist's intent is not grounds for cancellation. I am not, however, surprised at such things. I have been involved in controversies about public art in the past, and have found artists very unwilling to part from their original conception, even if it clearly isn't working. That sort of obstinacy seems endemic to the breed. A roomful of people shouting "you are getting the exact opposite effect you are looking for" moves them not at all. Meatheads.

And it may, in the end, work out in unexpected ways. The Vietnam memorial, which was clearly a depressing, sunken creation, morphed into a powerful expression for those involved.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at September 22, 2007 04:40 PM

I'm not so worried about the artist with such vision that he demonstrates such a profound lack of it. What concerns me are those who chose this design and push to make it a reality. These people have no emotional or professional attachment to this "art" yet choose to ignore the protests against it pretending they don't see how intricately similar it is to a mosque design - even the calculations for pointing toward mecca. Or at least pretending that all similarities are accidental and those who protest are over-reacting.

Posted by Oyster at September 23, 2007 09:08 AM

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