Is anyone besides me sick of this mosque debate? Build it. Don’t build it. Move it. Don’t move it. Not in my backyard! Pro-Islam. Anti-Islam. Terrorists. Extremists. Mainstream. I’m tired of it all! I find it interesting that the Muslims who wish to construct their Islamic center would choose a site two blocks away from Ground Zero. Then again, two blocks away in NYC is actually quite long. I’ve walked the streets of New York and their “blocks” could hold three of ours.
But I do wonder about their thinking behind building an Islamic center so close to the site of our country’s worst terrorist attack. They can’t claim ignorance of their proximity to the Ground Zero location and they seem quite determine to build in the area. Are the Muslim leaders trying to stick it to us? Is this their way of pouring salt in the wound? I don’t know, but then again there seems to be some double standards being used on our part as well.
It’s been reported that in the same area of the proposed Islamic center is already a Muslim place of worship, a risqué lingerie shop, and an off-track betting parlor. There wasn’t a fuss raised when these places came into being, but a twelve-story Islamic center has everyone on the warpath. I feel that it’s because the Islamic center will be “visible” that people have an “issue” with it. The other places of business are one to two stories at the most. They don’t stand out and are therefore largely ignored. But a twelve-story building cannot be ignored. It will stand tall amongst the other buildings and will be visible for all to see. That’s a problem for many people.
So what’s to be done? How can this be resolved? The Muslim leaders have a right to build their mosque and have gone through all of the legal paperwork and building permits. Mayor Bloomberg has already given his blessing for the project to go forward despite the fact that many of his constituents are opposed to its construction. A local issue gained national attention when President Obama commented on the situation during a gathering at the White House. Unfortunately, the President offered seeming support one day and then appeared to backpedal on the issue the next. And of course, the Republicans jumped all over him like scavengers on a carcass (but haven’t they been on his back since he took office?).
My take on the situation is this—legally and religiously, the Muslim community has the right to build their Islamic center any place that they choose. Morally and out of common decency, they should consider moving the location a little further away from Ground Zero. It would seem that they’re ignoring the tragedy that occurred and not taking the victims’ families’ feelings into consideration. It’s like the Klu Klux Klan building a museum on the site where the first African slaves arrived in this country. Or the Neo-Nazis wanting to build a statue of Adolf Hitler in Israel. It just shouldn’t happen.