I've kept my mouth shut on this issue because I wanted to take the time to really think it through and reconcile how I feel about both sides of the issue at stake here: upholding one of our founding principles of religious tolerence versus showing compassion for those who died at the hands of religious extremist who happened to be of the Islamic faith subverted as they may have been.
If you say you honestly believe in the Constitution and the American way of life, you have to allow this Mosque to be built right where the ground has been broken.
Freedom of religion was one of the reasons our Founding Fathers left the British Crown. They wanted to be free of religious prosecution. In many ways, the stain of the Salom Witch Hunts remain a stain on this country's early history. Other than the occasional cult that have popped up here and there, this country has upheld the right of the individual to practise whatever religion he/she wants as long as such doesn't infring on the basic rights of others. Furthermore, because this country is a nation of laws, we've afforded every entity the right to do whatever they want to do as long as they follow the laws in place. By all accounts, the owners of the land where this mosque is to be built has followed the law to the letter. Moreover, as another poster has mentioned plans were in the works to build this mosque at this particular site long before 9/11 occurred. As such, how can the owner be denied his right to build a place of worship wherever he wants as long as he follows the city building and zoning codes?
The way I see it, this isn't a Liberal or Conservative thing. This is an American values things. To disallow the building of this mosque would send a message to those who wished to do this country harm on September 11, 2001, that they've won! They've destroyed the very Constitutional rights we've fought so hard to uphold. As an American can you live with the alternative? Can you live with the hypocrisy that would clearly be on display for the world to see and the message many around the world would take from this, the very nation that talks big on religious freedom and equality and democracy for all? Can you see how wrong it would be not to allow this mosque to be built?
I fully understand how those who are opposed to its construction truly feel, but as my wife said to me while we were discussing this very issue, "9/11 was an event; tragic as it was allowing the mosque to be built will not bring back those whose lives have been lost". Clearly, it won't take away the sting the "slap in the face" at building this Islamic place of worship so close to where the Twin Towers once stood appears to be making, but to disallow its construction gives power to radical Islam and quickens their resolve. The way I see it, WE take away their power by reaffirming to the Muslim world that we are not at war with Islam and that no matter how hard they try to tear us apart and demonstrate that we are a nation divided full of religious hyporcrits, we will never yeild to their inhumanity and subversion of our basic freedoms.
and if one wants to improve relations with americans, one shouldn't deride and defy their sentiments
this president (oh, brother) sure aint right very often himself (just look at last friday's jobs report, for starters)
cordoba in time will be forced by political heat to move this thing
rauf may have a legal right to build down there, he does
but you can't improve relations with people by openly pissing em off
when's obama gonna move ksm downtown?
This isn't a "Legal Issue". This isn't a "Constitutional Rights" issue. This isn't even a "Tolerance of America" issue.
Legally, they can build it, Constitutionally it's "Freedom of Religion", they can build it. America IS a Tolerant country of ideas that aren't always our own.
All you people blathering on about how wrong it is to oppose this Mosque, and how one cannot be against the Mosque and believe in the Constitution... PISS OFF.
The purpose of the Mosque is nominally a "community outreach center". Yeah, and I got a bridge to sell you in Kansas, connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans too. When you say you want to help heal wounds, and reach out to people, and the people go "WOAH, bad idea dude, don't do this." It's time to step back and reconsider the idea. Just cause you CAN do something, doesn't make it right. The location of the WTC Attacks, the fact it was perpetuated by RADICAL Islamic Extremist should give pause to those backing this idea.
"Hey, maybe this Mosque thing will piss people off." Should have been the first question asked by those planning this thing.
I have a feeling quite a few of you clamoring to show you aren't Islamic Bigots like those nasty crazed right-wingers are, wouldn't be so supportive of rights if the KKK bought property across the street from where MLK Jr was killed and made it a Holy Church for Understanding. They might have the RIGHT and the Constitutional Legal ability to do so.... but it would be a REALLY bad idea.
Ya know, it really IS okay to be against this Mosque being built, it doesn't make you a Muslim Basher. It makes you a common sense backer, a "Right" over "Wrong" person.
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Personally I think it's a bad idea too, the organizers were either naive or incredibly stupid to think this wouldn't be an issue.
However it is 2 blocks away, not exactly as some have suggested and described it as "towering over ground zero" or "at the site". That's a bit dramatic.
That's prime real estate though. They could probably sell the land for a tidy profit and build a bigger, better mosque elsewhere.
I dunno. It's their right. Much as it might be a bad idea.
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