Mosque at "Ground Zero"

Before I begin with sharing my debate over what I would consider to be a subject for national concern, I want to share some excerpts from comments shared by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf: founder of the “Cordoba Initiative” and the leader in Muslim American relations between Islam and the West.

Speaking at his New York mosque in 2004, Imam Feisal said: “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.” He also said that there could be little progress in Western-Islamic relations until the U.S. acknowledged backing Middle East dictators and give an “American Culpa” speech to the Muslim world, because there are “an endless supply of angry young Muslim rebels prepared to die for their cause and there [is] no sign of the attacks ending unless there [is] a fundamental change in the world”.

In a 60 Minutes interview shortly after the September 11 attacks Imam Rauf said, “Fanaticism and terrorism have no place in Islam” and went on to say, “I wouldn’t say that the United States deserved what happened, but the United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.” When the interviewer asked Rauf how he considered the U.S. an accessory, the Imam replied, “Because we have been accessory to a lot of innocent lives dying in the world. In fact, in the most direct sense, Osama bin Laden is made in the USA.”

During an interview on New York WABC radio in June 2010, Imam Rauf declined to say whether he agreed with the U.S. State Department’s designation of Hamas as a terrorist organization. Responding to the question, Rauf said, “I’m not a politician. I try to avoid the issues. The issue of terrorism is a very complex question… I am a peace builder. I will not allow anybody to put me in a position where I am seen by any party in the world as an adversary or as an enemy.”

Now with that said I want to make it absolutely clear that I am in no way calling this man a terrorist. I simply want it to be understood as to who this guy claims to be from words taken from his own mouth and not that of my own.

Now the subject at hand here is one, proposal to build a 13 story “Islamic Relations Center” two blocks from the sites of the 9/11 attacks. Being that I am not a very politically charged person, more so that I am a what is morally right charged person I don’t view this in a political aspect. Lets look at the case at hand in a different prospective.

Bare with me here and hear me out. Now during the attack of 9/11 3000 people lost their lives for many reasons. From the service men that lost their lives trying to save those that were hurt, to the innocents that were killed because they were, for lack of better verbiage here, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Each and everyone of these people had families, each and everyone of these people had their own views in religion. However all of these people died for the same reason, our country was attacked by a Islamic group in what they considered a “jihad” or a holy war. Their lives were lost due to a extremist view of what is supposed to be a religion that is all about peace. Regardless its these misconceptions of the Islamic religion that are cause for concern here.
So lets break it down here, the argument from a political standpoint is that the mosque should be allowed to be build because it is within the constitutional rights of this Muslim organization. This is also a moral standpoint if you will. Now for this writer, and I’m positive thousands of other Americans that have taken interest in this, its not the fact that they want to build a mosque in NY. For me that’s not the case, because yes it is their right to build a place of worship to their individual religion, and by all means have at it. However its the fact that they want to place this mosque two blocks from the site of where thousands of people died because of the misconceptions preached inside of this religion. Now granted this mosque may be built with every intention of what they plan to use it for, and that is to help unite the Islamic world with western culture. The problem here is this, first and foremost the extremist that spear headed the attacks of 9/11 are going to view this structure as a monument to the success of the attacks. It doesn’t matter if it is or not, that’s the way it will be viewed. Also in the same breath because of these views of victory the families of those killed are going to see it in the same light.
For me its just morally wrong, by all means build your mosque. Build it away from the area that our country still sees as a sore, and hurtful place of remembrance. Cause at this point, and forgive the analogy here, its like if the government were to allow Japan to come over to Pearl Harbor and build a monument to the Japaneses Navy and Air force during the world war 2 era, and not only letting Japan do this but letting them build it right in the middle of the harbor next to the ships that are still sunk there to this day. Its almost like getting slapped in the face.

Now I am a firm believer in constitutional rights, and I am a firm believer in equality, but as a American that was directly impacted by the repercussions of the 9/11 attacks I firmly believe our government should look deeper into the impact that this will cause. Because yes they are upholding the rights of these individuals, but they are also driving divides into our own society. Look at it this way when all is said and done, how much future problems is this going to create. I don’t mean problems from “terrorist” I mean problems in how our nation views what most of us already consider a flawed and failing government.

Mosque at "Ground Zero"

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