Ok– something is REALLY bugging me and I’m just going to say it! What is wrong with building a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero? IMO: absolutely nothing. This nation was built on principles of religious freedom and tolerance, and the day that is gone… I don’t know what I’ll do! Yes, it bothers me that teachers can’t say Merry Christmas to a student, etc. (even the more liberal nations of Europe still close everything down on religious holidays other than Christmas and Easter)… but this isn’t even the same thing. We’re talking about building a mosque, a place of worship!
Don’t start lumping all Muslims into the same bucket either! That’s like saying Latter-day Saints and Catholics are the same as the Ku Klux Klan or the IRA (um, yeah- that’s exactly what it is). So we shouldn’t allow the LDS Church to build a temple down the street from a Baptist church populated by African-Americans because the Ku Klux Klan doesn’t like them? Preposterous! And this situation is no less different! This is a no-brainer to me. Should we label all Catholics as second-class citizens because leaders of that church killed people during the middle ages? No! They weren’t involved, and the church is far different today than it was then.
Many people say “well, lots of people died and this is an offense, a slap in the face, to their grieving families.” And I say to that: why and how? Again, refer to the above. It makes no sense whatsoever! It simply shocks me to hear on the radio this morning that 60-70% of Americans think it’s wrong to allow them to build–what has this country come to. If two blocks isn’t far enough away, what is? Should it be 8 blocks, or 5 miles? Where do we draw the line (oh, by the way: there are strip clubs the same distance away… but a mosque is SO much more evil than that…). Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but this is truly an outrage. This should be a non-issue! Grrr…
For being a Christian nation (according to some), we sure don’t act like it sometimes.
Okay– usually I won’t talk about politics, but I had to get that off my chest. I feel much better now!