A proposed mosque, two blocks from where the World Trade Center twin-towers stood, have unleashed emotions, which the New York Times described as, "vitriolic commentary, pitting Muslims against Christians, Tea Partiers against staunch liberals, and Sept. 11 families against one another."
"We feel that it is a cemetery and sacred ground and the dead should be honored," said Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger. "To build a 13-story mega mosque on the cemetery, on the site of the largest attack in American history, I think, is incredibly insensitive."
On the other side, some Muslim community leaders say the mosque could provide an opportunity for improving interfaith relations. "We're saying Muslims have a legitimate role to play in the social fabric of this country," said Ibrahim Ramey, the director of the Human and Civil Rights Division of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation.
My question to you: Do you support or oppose a mosque near Ground Zero?
America is about respecting others wishes, helping when needed, being a so called good neighbor. Why should the people that show up there to pay their respects and mourn their loved ones they lost have to see a monument erected by the same religious party that was responsible (directly or indirectly). I don't think it's fair or necessary for those people to be further reminded of their loss. There's a lot of land in America. Explain it to me. You're so American that you wish to further torment these people. Sounds real American to me!
"America is about respecting others wishes, helping when needed, being a so called good neighbor"
None of those things are in the Constitution.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This would be the First Amendment.
As a New Yorker, I'm very on the fence about this. I believe the Muslim community has a perfect right to build a mosque wherever any other religion would also be permitted to build a structure. But for practical purposes, won't this create a security nightmare for all of us both during its construction and once it's open? Do we want/need 24-hour policing of the mosque - and airport-like screening of everybody entering or leaving it - on a more or less permanent basis?
Shane, m'Man! It's gonna be 2, count 'em TWO BLOCKS AWAY! Not even VISIBLE from "Ground Zero"! I doubt seriously they'll have neon lighting to show where they are. It sounds pretty innocuous from where I sit. It'll very likely be an anonymous sort of a thing. Try to relax, ol' son; it'll all work out. Nobody wants to "torment" anyone.
Respectfully (b'lieve it or not) submitted,
Being a New Yorker one thing you should be able to appreciate is that most of this controversy is coming from right wingers that have probably never even been to New York. I suspect that most New Yorkers are a tolerant bunch that can tell the difference from some kid playing basketball at a community center from a sleeper cell.