What’s worse than not knowing what to do is not knowing what to think.
Any newspaper reading person will come across the fight to stop the building of a Muslim community center – which would include a mosque, a library, a gym, an auditorium and a restaurant – two blocks from Ground Zero.
At first, I felt torn about the proposal.
There are obviously two ways to see this and both make sense.
But I have decided to take a stand. To fulfill the dream of making the United States a tolerant, loving place for all races and religions, this center must be built.
Thinking about this further will even bring one to the conclusion that this “sensitive” location is perfect. It’s exactly where it should be.
Now there are a plethora of rants against this from regular citizens and government officials alike.
It’s of no surprise that Sarah Palin, the Republican 2008 U.S. vice presidential candidate, sent a tweet insisting, “Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.”
This is just one of the rants, though it is extremely polite.
Of course there are others that aree downright offensive.
Consider this, for example, from Slate:
Rick Lazio, New York’s leading Republican candidate for governor, held a press conference to decry the project. He framed it as a threat to New Yorkers’ “personal security and safety.” Then he stood proudly beside Debra Burlingame, the co-founder of 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America, as she accused Rauf of hatching the mosque plot “to bring people to Islam” and create “a Muslim-dominant America.” Burlingame said “creating an Islamic presence” near Ground Zero would serve as propaganda for “people who want to hurt this country.”
I wish I could tell Mr. Rick Lazio that during my father’s 25 years in the U.S, where he worked hard and struggled to make a good living, he was never a threat to anyone’s personal security and safety.
Nor was my uncle and his family who continue to live in the California ever think about hurting this country—the country that made him.
Now since it’s a Holy Month and a time to reflect and have at least some peace of mind, I didn’t read too many of the negative online comments abou the plan, but here is an example of what people think:
C’mon. This isn’t a mosque. Or a cultural center. It’s a shrine. Sure they have a right to build a shrine to their heros. Go ahead, and good luck with that.
Dear Rbrown, you spelled heroes wrong.