The “Ground Zero” Mosque Debate

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Current Events, Politics
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Plans have been made to build a mosque near the location of where the World Trade Center twin towers used to stand.

NYC Community Board OK’s Ground Zero Mosque Plans

Apparently this has upset quite a few people.  Some of those are family members of 9/11 victims.  Though it seems quite a few more are “tea party” folks and such that feel the need to protect people, whether those people actually asked to be protected or not.

Either way, and this may not be a popular opinion, it has always bothered me that some 9/11 victims want to treat the former WTC twin tower site as “sacred ground”.  Don’t get me wrong, it was horrible what happened to those families.  Awful.  But even so, I just don’t see how the families get to take any ownership of that site.  Say somebody gets gunned down inside a McDonald’s.  Does the victim’s family get to treat the McDonald’s as “sacred ground”?  If not, what’s the difference?

But now it seems that the idea of “sacred ground” is expanding even further.  See, the mosque is not being built on “ground zero”.  It is two blocks away.  So now we are not only going to let the family members dictate what goes on at “ground zero”, but what goes on near “ground zero” too?  How far will the radius extend?  And how does the fact that strip clubs and porn shops are also close to “ground zero” not disrespect the victims?  Or the mosque that is already within walking distance?

This is bringing the worst out of people I think.  I see comments that a mosque shouldn’t be so close to a “Christian cemetary”.  How presumptuous is it to assume that all the victims were Christian?  Apparently a right-wing radio host suggested that somebody blow the mosque up.  Yeah, that will show them terrorists…..er………how it’s done?  And then I see this on YouTube.  A political advertisement for Rick Barber who is running for U.S. representative.  Well let’s see what state Rick Barber is running in.  I mean, I seen plenty of dumb commercials here in Alabama so it will be good to play one from another……aw crap!  It’s Alabama!

Rick Barber: Marine Corp veteran, small business owner, tea party activist, and apparently very angry!  Or constipated, I’m really not sure!  Despite what Mr. Barber may think, “jihad” really isn’t that much of a threat to our freedom and way of life, or at least it wouldn’t be if we didn’t respond in such extremes in pursuit of the unachievable goal of absolute safety.  You know, like not allowing a Muslim group the freedom to build a mosque wherever they would like.  And Mr. Barber, if “man” did not cause 9/11, what exactly did?  So if a mosque is built within a certain distance of “ground zero”, the terrorists win?  We surrender?  Hey, if you don’t want to “mince words”, then say what you mean.  Just say that the enemy is anyone who follows the Muslim faith and be done with it.  Really, that’s what you mean, right Mr. Barber?

If we want to promote ourselves as a free, tolerant nation, then we let the mosque get built.  Doing otherwise plays right into the hands of the terrorist’s propaganda.  More importantly, doing otherwise is just plain wrong.

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  1. educlaytion says:

    Interesting. I just wrote about this mosque and have been trying to figure out what the average person thinks about this controversy and groundbreaking on Sept. 11 2011!

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