On Monday afternoon New York City gave a slap I the face to everybody who died at the hands of radical Islamists on 9/11 and named a street after a Muslim first responder who died in the attacks.
The New York Daily News reported that Mohammed Salman Hamdani, who was the son of Pakistani immigrants, had the intersection of 204th St. and 35th Ave in Queens renamed “Salman Hamdani Way.”
Hamdani was a police cadet who ran into the buildings to try to help people after the planes hit, so honoring him seems like a good thing right? Sure, but what about the hundreds of other first responders and thousands of victims, why aren’t there streets named after them?
As Pamela Geller from Breitbart points out, “Endless concessions and accommodations to Islamic demands only give way to more.” What was so special about Hamdani that he deserved to get a street named after him? Is just being a Muslim that helps people enough for such an honor?
She correctly points out that New York City and the Council on American and Islamic Relations (CAIR), which is tied to Hamas by the way, seem to think that’s all it should take. In their press release about the renaming, CAIR not only expressed their joy and the decision of the city council, but tried to play the victim card as well.
Their Board President for the New York Chapter, Ryan Mahoney, first praised Hamdani for being a “true American hero,” then went on to say that “This street naming will serve as a reminder of courage and sacrifice to the residents and visitors of Bayside for years to come as well as a testament that individuals and communities of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are united in the cause of service to humanity.”
However the group apparently couldn’t resist the opportunity to play victim and completely ignored that Hamdani’s name was specifically mentioned in the PATRIOT Act.
Mahoney said “In 2012, Hamdani was not included in the list of fallen police officers in the NYPD’s official 9/11 memorial and in the list of 441 first responders on the National September 11 Memorial.”
The Daily News also played the victim card for Hamdani, saying he was “accused of involvement in the attacks,” however as Geller points out there’s “little evidence” to back up the claims that he was painted in such a light.
She quotes journalist Matthew Shaffer who said that “There’s little evidence of the ‘rumors’ of which Ellison speaks, either. Poke around yourself. Go to Google and search for Mohammed Salman Hamdani’s name, using various time frames from before today’s hearings (say, in the week after the September 11 attack). You’ll discover two discordant sets of returns: none for sites and news reports accusing Hamdani of being a terrorist, and many thousands of pages honoring him as a hero while claiming that he was ‘widely accused’ of being a terrorist.”
So all of this for a guy who was doing his job and didn’t have any grave injustices done to him. As if allowing a mosque to be built at the site wasn’t bad enough, now they’re naming streets after people simply for the fact that they’re Muslim. New York City has lost its mind, but then again we all knew that when Mayor Bloomberg started banning certain foods and soft drinks.
Based on their actions here, can we assume that other non-Muslim first responders will be bestowed with the same honor? Doubtful, in fact there’s probably a better chance that Obama will be impeached before 2016.
We can hope, right?