New Amsterdam To New Cordoba: Thwarting N.Y.'s New Colonizers
By Josephr R. Evanns and Egon Mittelmann
Investor's Business Daily
August 31, 2010
The names of the city that we now call New York bear witness to successive waves of conquerors/colonizers. First came the Dutch, who named the city "New Amsterdam," then gave way to the British who renamed it "New York." Now come Muslims invoking the name of the Spanish city that was the seat of the Caliphate of Iberia and North Africa.
Cordoba became the seat of the Caliphate of Iberia and North Africa, as well as the namesake of the Cordoba Initiative--the stated goal of which is to erect a mosque at the site of the first Islamic victory in conquering and subjugating America, on the 1,300th (not the 1,299th or 1,301st) anniversary of the conquest of Spain and the 10th anniversary of the great Islamic triumph of 9/11.
One remedy for the Park Place Ground Zero New Cordoba Mosque is predicated upon the value of the property upon which the mosque is to be built. Should the mosque be built as presently projected, that parcel would be removed from the property tax base as being used for religious purposes. This would further narrow the already shrunken New York City tax base.
The situation is tailor-made for the application of the Kelo Principle, derived from the case of Kelo vs. the City of New London, in which that city under a private redevelopment plan condemned under eminent domain property that did not provide — in the city's opinion — enough tax revenue. The Supreme Court validated the seizure of the property under eminent domain for transfer to a private redeveloper to improve the tax base.
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