Friday, 10 July 2015

Rule #181: Ground zero mosque

The concept of building a giant mosque at or near the site of the world trade center attacks seems like a simply wonderful idea. I can't imagine why anyone would oppose such a thoughtful memorial to those whose lives were destroyed by Muslim terrorists in the name of Islam. But just to be fair, let's take a moment to examine why some people may be a little uptight about it.

 To consider Sarah Palins' comments: "Ground zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation, please reject it in the interests of healing". I guess it could be seen as unnecessary, and interpreted as provocation. Perhaps a little insensitive to the healing process.

 It has also been labelled "morally repugnant" to erect a mosque so close to where Muslims killed so many Americans. It's been compared to erecting a Serbian church near the killing fields of Srebrenica where 8,000 Muslims were slaughtered. Or building a pro-Japanese monument anywhere near Pearl Habour. It is assumed neither of these initiatives would be supported.

 I guess I'm starting to get the picture. I can see why some people may be opposed to the concept. In fact 68% of Americans oppose the project. But I must be missing something. Those are all very compelling arguments, but there must be more to it. Oh yeah, now I remember...

The 9/11 attacks were committed by Muslim terrorists in the name of Islam! And now they want to insult the memory of those killed by constructing a Muslim mosque on the site that should remain a sacred burial ground and a war memorial free from the antagonistic presence of a mosque.
That's it!

In the new world, there will be no "ground zero mosque".
(even if Bush did do it).

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