Why Ground Zero Mosque is Wrong

Am I the only one who seems to miss the point of this? I am not only surprised but shocked at how the responsible authorities in New York could in their right frame of mind approve such a project. It makes me wonder, what exactly were they thinking, or more importantly what were they smoking?

This is wrong on many levels and those who suggested such a proposal should be ashamed of themselves as well. The so-called moderate Muslims can go about ranting that what happened on September 11, 2001 has nothing to do with Islam and that it was carried out by a very few misguided people but it would perhaps never change the fact that those who flew the planes into Twin Towers were indeed ‘misguided’ by the teachings of Islam. Besides being insensitive to those who suffered in the attack and the city of New York there are several other implications as well.

As much as I detest the fanatical elements of Islam, I have equal repugnance for those who label themselves as ‘moderates’. Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Cordoba Initiative says that people have been complaining about the lack of moderate voices of Islam and suggests that this mosque and community center will represent that voice. However, these apologists have picked a wrong place to raise the pulpit. Even for a person like me who has never visited the city of New York, any image of the Manhattan skyline brings back the nightmarish images of that fateful day. Instead of raising a monument for the memory of those innocent victims and brave firefighters who perished, the memory of Twin Tower will be putrefied by a multimillion dollar structure paying homage to a bigoted ideology.

Even if we overlook the lack of political correctness, there are still other implications which are slightly graver. It is beyond any doubt that countries like Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan are havens for nurturing jihadist, however, in some cases the inoculation of militants has taken place in countries like USA and UK. Names like Collen LaRose (aka Jihad Jane), Michael Finton and recently arrested Faisal Shahzad most probably received their first taste of jihadist doctrine on American soil. This Islamic center in the heart of New York, like several other Islamic centers around the world will also receive donations from other Islamic countries, most notably Saudi Arabia which follows the most orthodox brand of Islam. And it is a matter of simple economics that once the money starts pouring in, it also sets the direction of organizational goals.

Quite ironically the project has been named Cordoba, after a city which marked the zenith of Muslim empire and their jewel in the crown. Legend has it, that when they were driven out of Spain, the Arabs in shame untied their turbans which to this day they let hanging loose over their heads. It should not come as a surprise that once the mosque is opened in fall of 2011, there will be celebrations in various part of the world to rejoice the victory of Islam in the US of A. Almost 10 years ago the horrific events that took place in the same spot did send a proverbial ‘Mexican wave’ in most part of the Islamic world and next year the same emotions will be displayed in those very geographical locations.


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Comment by Gaytor on May 17, 2010 at 10:04am
Symbolically, I agree that it's a terrible place for a mosque. Also, if you spend any time listening to the fanatics speak of their quiet take over through generations of birth rates and immigration, you would certainly recognize that this fits perfectly with that line of thinking. Appeal to the weakness of the West, get your foot in the door then complain them into submission. Look at England with Sharia Courts (separate laws for citizens based on religion. Seriously?) or ordering women constables to cover their heads in a place of worship. It's a slow long breaking of a will of the country they live in and we shouldn't start.
There is no moderate Islam. There is moderate Islam like there is moderate Christianity. They aren't adherents to the teachings of their religion, just the hopeful ideas. Cherry pickers if you will. These moderates keep the rest of us from looking at the religion through an unfiltered lens and endanger us all by foolishly protecting those with whom they don't even agree. They are in effect a wall of defense from those of us that would expose their thought process and religion for what it is... a murder advocating, woman oppressing, elitist men whom want to see no progress as long as it keeps them in power over someone.

The idea of mosque is ignorant to the realities of what religion really is. Aside from that, this is public property owned by the Port Authority of New York, so why does it include a religious institution?
Comment by Michael R on May 17, 2010 at 10:21am
This is a complete cop out and so wrong on so many levels. Like I've stated before, there is no moderate Islam...there is just Islam. To say I'm disappointed doesn't go nearly far enough. Is our only solution to our own hypocrisy to say...oh, the real Islam really didn't mean it so let them build a temple to their own ignorance (and our own) right at the biggest wound we have? Are you f&@king kidding me? Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on May 17, 2010 at 12:23pm
Whenever I mentioned the petition to stop this plan on facebook and the complainers and stated my own belief that this feels like "rubbing salt in the wounds", my father quietly played the tired "racism" card. *sigh* He's really starting to become a ditto head.

Of course the problem lies in the fact that the group that's planning this bought a building that was formerly a Burlington Coat Factory. So now the building is private property.
Comment by KEVIN GRUBBS on May 17, 2010 at 1:42pm
wow, Are you freaking kidding me. why is the world seem to be kissing their ass?
Comment by Chetan D on May 19, 2010 at 12:06am
Like the woman at the end of the article said, read the constitution.

Public spaces have always been used to build religious sites- churches included. So before this mosque is barred from being built, every other church has to be demolished.

I agree Islam is far from a sane religion, but there are moderates who definitely want to use it as a community place (hopefully). They have the right to do so- under the constitution.
Comment by QM on May 19, 2010 at 1:29am
Chetan, I didn't say its illegal or unconstitutional. I said its wrong on many levels. This is perhaps what Bin Laden (or any other Muslim in the world, moderate or otherwise) would have probably wanted. Plus the repercussions of this are not going to be nice either


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