Stop the Flight 93 Memorial
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Tom Burnett Senior, father of Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett Junior, is asking everyone to please sign the online petition that he and I and some folks from western Pennsylvania put together. (Paper petitions are also available.)
More about the Flight 93 terror mosque
Does it really point to Mecca? See for yourself. Below is the plan view of architect Paul Murdoch's Crescent of Embrace design, with orientation lines superimposed in red, and the direction to Mecca ("qibla") superimposed in green:
Crescent of Embrace points almost exactly at Mecca. To be precise, it points 1.8° north of Mecca ± 0.1°. (To verify the qibla direction, just visit any online Mecca-direction calculator and enter Somerset PA or Shanksville PA as your starting point.)
The ends of the Crescent of Embrace are very distinct. The upper tip is the end of the thousand foot long, fifty foot tall, Entry Portal Wall and the lower tip is the last of the fifty foot tall red maples. All this to be planted/built on a bare field, as indicated in the graphic on our blogburst logos (Paul Murdoch's original publicity shot), making the giant Islamic-shaped crescent clearly visible from commercial aircraft like Flight 93 passing overhead.
A crescent that Muslims face into to face Mecca is called a "mihrab" and is the central feature around which every mosque is built. Some mihrabs are pointed-arch shaped, but the archetypical mihrab is crescent shaped. The Planned memorial is actually the world's largest mosque. All 12 typical mosque features are realized in the crescent design, all on the same epic scale as the giant mihrab.
For instance, there will be a 93 foot tall-minaret like Tower of Voices, topped with another Islamic-shaped crescent. Minarets are literal towers of voices, used to call out the times for Islamic prayers, which are determined by shadow length. Prayer callers use a special Islamic sundial to determine when early and late afternoon prayer times have arrived. Murdoch's Tower of Voices turns out to be a gigantic version of one of these traditional Islamic sundials, a highly specific structure that could simply NEVER occur by accident.
The shadow calculations are complicated, but you can see the overt similarity just by looking:
Traditional Islamic sundial, left: the gnomon's shadow is just reaching the outer curved vertical, indicating time for Islamic afternoon prayers. Tower of Voices, right (and further right): shadow calculations confirm that, when the tower's shadow reaches the inner arc of trees, it will also be time for Islamic afternoon prayers.
All still there in the so-called "redesign"
Outcry over the crescent name and shape forced the Park Service to rename the memorial "Circle of Embrace," and to add an extra arc of trees to the rear of a person facing into the crescent, but the Park Service's own website is explicit that the circle is still broken. What symbolically remains standing in the wake of 9/11 is still the same giant Islamic-shaped crescent from the original Crescent of Embrace design, and this giant crescent still points almost exactly to Mecca. That is, it is still the world's largest mihrab, and the centerpiece of the world's largest mosque.
The construction drawings alter the orientation of the crescent slightly. Instead of pointing less than 2° north of Mecca, it now points less than 3° south of Mecca, none of which makes a whit of difference by Islamic standards, which are very lax about how closely mihrabs point to Mecca. This for the simple reason that throughout most of Islam's 1400 year history, far-flung Muslims had no accurate way to determine the direction to Mecca. Most of the worlds most famous mosques point 10, 20, 30 or more degrees off of Mecca. Thus it became settled as a matter of religious principle that what matters is intent to face Mecca. Just ask the Saudis.
The Park Service knows all about the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent. They were assured by a Muslim consultant that the crescent could not function as a mihrab unless it pointed exactly at Mecca:
Mihrab orientation is either correct or not. It cannot be off by some degrees.
This is a bald lie, from someone who knows better than anyone else that it IS a lie (a professor of Islamic architecture at MIT named Nasser Rabbat). I told them the truth, but they thought they should only believe Muslims on any matter having to do with Islam, the equivalent of only believing what the Japanese said about Japanese intentions in the wake of Pearl Harbor.
Much more on information is available, both on this Crescent of Betrayal website (including free downloads of my 2006 Crescent of Betrayal book), and at my Error Theory blog (where several years of blogburst posts are linked in chronological order down the right sidebar).
Crescent of Betrayal home
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5-21-09, Two Memorial Project commissioners quit over the Project’s bad behavior (HTML, Error Theory link)
6-5-09, Obama’s filing against 9/11 families: so bad it’s good (HTML, Error Theory link)
6-16-09, False AP report: Obama did NOT say that Iran must respect voters' choice (HTML, Error Theory link)
6-16-09, EPA comment period closes Tues: tell ‘em no state-establishment of CO2-phobic religion (HTML, Error Theory link)
7-10-09, Everyone involved with the Flight 93 Memorial knows that the Crescent of Embrace points to Mecca (HTML, Error Theory link)
7-27-09, Memorial Project still helping the hijacker fix his disguise (HTML, Error Theory link)
8-18-09, Cash for clunkers: two crimes, justified by a lie (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-12-09, Burnett radio interview about 9/11 and the Flight 93 memorial (HTML, Error Theory link)
10-21-09, Construction drawings released: Flight 93 crescent now points less than 3° from Mecca (HTML, Error Theory link)
11-9-09, Ground broken for Terrorist memorial mosque (HTML, Error Theory link)
11-23-09, Flight 93 father denounces civilian trial for 9/11 terrorists (HTML, Error Theory link)
3-13-10, Crocodile tears from the parents of Jihad Jamie? (HTML, Error Theory link)
4-15-10, Nuclear Summit logo is an Islamic-shaped crescent (HTML, Error Theory link)
6-28-10, Kagan lied to Supreme Court in 9/11 case, should be disbarred (HTML, Error Theory link)
7-20-10, Flight 93 father: Ground zero mosque is the SECOND mosque being built on a 9/11 site (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-1-10, Flight 93 on 9/11: Ride to Stop the Crescent Mosque (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-8-10, Alan Keyes against the Flight 93 memorial (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-8-10, Bristol Palin vote-rigging perpetrated by HOMOSEXUAL PRANKSTERS, not by socially conservative Sarah Palin supporters (HTML, Error Theory link)
8-1-11 We all know who broke the circle of peace on 9/11 (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-6-11 Muslim consultants LIED to Park Service (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-22-11 Flt 93 mother on Crescent jury: "I don't want to reach out to those people! THEY MURDERED MY DAUGHTER!" (HTML, Error Theory link)
9-9-12 9/11: New Park Service images prove the Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 is unchanged (HTML, Error Theory link)