What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t weigh in on the latest controversy?
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the controversy surrounding the possible building of a huge Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque close to Ground Zero, where about 3,000 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack perpetrated by Muslims.
There is a huge uproar over the insensitivity of the Islamic community, wanting to put a mosque so close to the site.
Some attribute dark motives, others attribute it to simple insensitivity, others claim that it’s simply a good location and building.
There is great speculation over how, exactly, this is all being paid for, with much public demand for clarity over the funding.
What is clear, is that an Islamic group, whose Imam probably has ties to terror groups, wants to make this a huge deal.
My personal view is that it’s at minimum in very poor taste, and extremely insensitive on the part of the Imam and his followers. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims, who must certainly view this as someone stomping on the graves of their loved ones.
My American, liberty-revering side says that we must grant the Muslims the permissions to build wherever they like and can afford to build, ensuring that they will be “good neighbors”, just like anyone else.
Our country was founded on the tenets of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the principles that we are all equal, at least in the eyes of the law, and it is wrong to discriminate against a religious group wanting a place to worship.
On the other hand (come on, you knew there was another hand, didn’t you?), this is not the usual conflict over having a house of worship built in someone’s neighborhood.
In truth, I am conflicted.
My Freedom loving side says “let them build it wherever they want. It’s a free country, and people are free to exhibit poor taste and judgment.”.
My Cautious and Suspicious side says “don’t let them do it. It’s just another beachhead in the invasion of our country and the push by Islamic fundamentalists to destroy our freedoms and way of life, and to tear down the very principles on which our country was founded.”
Honestly, I’m glad I don’t live in New York and that I don’t have to make the decision about this mosque. I suspect that I would probably find a way to prevent it from being built if I were in charge, but I also suspect that I might not like myself very much for doing so.
So, what do YOU think?