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Yes, Build The Mosque “At” Ground Zero

August 16, 2010

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The plans for a new mosque near where the World Trade Center once stood Plans for the construction of a mosque just two blocks from Ground Zero have triggered furious outrage in those who say Islam is an evil and violent religion that lead to the deaths of nearly three thousand people in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Cordoba Initiative aims to build a 15 story community center that would include a swimming pool, gym, performance art center and the mosque.

Cordoba says the new facility is just another step in their efforts to restore interfaith tolerance and respect between Muslims and the rest of the world, particularly in the United States.

The opposition is getting louder. The blogosphere is teeming with anti-mosque efforts.

Sarah Palin took to twitter to ask peace seeking Muslims to see the mosque as a slap in the face and to oppose it.

Newt Gingrich came out and said the federal government should stop the project.

On Friday, the Anti-Defamation League, a national Jewish group, announced its opposition to the mosque by appealing directly to the leadership of the planned center, saying building a mosque so close to ground zero would cause unnecessary pain.

I couldn’t disagree more.

In my eyes, one of the most harmful effects of 9/11 is that so many Americans are anti-Islamic- and not be cause of Islam, not even because of the terrorists who hide behind it, but because of fear mongering.

In an effort to make sense out of the terrorist attacks, many Americans came to believe the over simplified and erroneous explanation: Muslims hate Americans because of our freedom, and Islam is the root of this hate, therefore, Islam is an evil, violent religion, and anyone who believes in it must hate America too. End of story.

There are strong anti-mosque efforts in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Tennessee, Wisconsin and elsewhere.  anti-Muslim sentiments have skyrocketed across the country and around the world. Isamophobia has taken hold.

Hate crimes against Muslims have skyrocketed, yet few have been prosecuted.  A few months ago a mosque was fire bombed in Florida. Though there were people inside at the time, luckily no one was hurt.  Nevertheless, it took an organized effort to get media attention.  Had it been a church, it would have been breaking news.

Because most don’t know enough about Islam to refute the myths, hatred and violence against it goes unchecked. As a nation, we should be ashamed.

Even though anti-Islamic attitudes seem to thrive, it looks like the new mosque near Ground Zero will be built.

It was a terrorist act by a small group of people which destroyed the World Trade Center and our sense of safety and trust.  It will take many more people to rebuild Ground Zero and create a new kind of peace.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Enrique permalink
    August 18, 2010 9:15 pm

    First let me be clear that I am not anti-muslim, and I know that not every muslim has jihadists beliefs or is a jihad. Although I am christian, I grew up listening to Louis Farahkan, and have always respected celebrated Islamic religion and Culture or any culture for that matter. With that being said, here is what I have to say. being a patriot for this country and having served 4 years honorable service in the USMC, I feel like it is a slap in the face. Whether I am right or wrong, that’s how I feel about it. on the other hand, I do see how when a certain group of people do something extreme, Americans build a phobia around that group of people. After Pearl Harbor in WWII, no person of asian decent was safe or exempt from internment camps here in Washington state. Fear creates hate, certainly.

  2. August 18, 2010 9:46 pm

    My brother served in Iraq. He was a Muslim.

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