Buildling a mosque at Ground Zero.....

  1. I love how one person called a mosque a "monument to terrorism". The prejudice is deep and I would fear for the safety of the people there, since Muslim Americans were terrorized after 9/11. Still I have to wonder "why there?".

    In battle to build mosque near Ground Zero, opponents ask 'why there?' - CNN.com
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  3. by   tntrn
    Why there, indeed. I believe it's because nobody has the, uh, chutzpah, to tell them NO WAY.
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from tntrn
    Why there, indeed. I believe it's because nobody has the, uh, chutzpah, to tell them NO WAY.
    In the video, there were plenty of people saying exactly that. From a political standpoint that might be difficult and illegal.
  5. by   tntrn
    Quote from Tweety
    In the video, there were plenty of people saying exactly that. From a political standpoint that might be difficult and illegal.
    Balderdash! In my experience with building permits, it is possible to delay granting any or all of the hundreds that would be needed for such a project indefinitely....
  6. by   herring_RN
    A strip joint, a porno store, and a a bookie operation are already there.
    The planned community center and Mosque would be two blocks from Ground Zero.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/nyregion/28nyc.html

  7. by   SharonH, RN
    The real question is why NOT there? I look forward to your response.
  8. by   tntrn
    Quote from herring_RN
    A strip joint, a porno store, and a a bookie operation are already there.
    The planned community center and Mosque would be two blocks from Ground Zero.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/nyregion/28nyc.html

    all of which are purported to be offensive to Muslims.....so that begs the same question, but in a different light....why there?
  9. by   herring_RN
    What is th proper distance?
    Two blocks is too close.
    There has been a Mosque 12 blocks away for years.

    How many blocks would be OK?
    I don't live in New York.
    If it were a congregation I belong to I would speak against upsetting people. But I have no say and no answer.
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    The real question is why NOT there? I look forward to your response.
    Because surely they know they are going to attract rath, protest, prejudice and hatred, as well as violence and vandalism.

    Still, I'm supportive of them building it there if that's what they want to do. If it brings out the Ugly American, so be it, as we need to confront that and heal ourselves.
  11. by   tntrn
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    The real question is why NOT there? I look forward to your response.
    My answer is this: because the 9-11 thing isn't far enough in the past.....it appears way too much like this mosque will be and perhaps is intended to be an "in your face" kind of statement. Too soon for people to have washed away or had it PC'd away, their feelings and remembrances that it was Islamic people who made it Ground Zero.
  12. by   leslie :-D
    for some/many, this site would be suggestive of "interfaith tolerance".

    naturally speaking for myself, i happen to think it a peaceful, unifying gesture.

    leslie
  13. by   Elvish
    1)So, is everyone who's upset about this also upset about the chapels in Europe on sites where Christians killed people during the World Wars?

    2) My understanding is that nobody's building anything. My understanding is that there is already a building that is unoccupied or has several unoccupied floors, and that the proposed site of the mosque/cultural center (as I've also heard it called, not sure about that). I could be wrong on that, but that's what I remember hearing.

    3) If you are a conservative, then you surely you don't like the government or anyone else meddling in affairs of private citizens. This is private property owned by private businesses/individuals, private individuals should be able to do whatever the heck they want. Why do you care what the heck they build/establish there?

    4) Muslims died on 9/11 as well.

    9/11 was a terrible painful day for this nation....but most of the opposition I'm seeing comes from unwillingness to separate the 9/11 attackers (idiots all) from most of the rest of Muslims who aren't like that. Everyone keeps saying they don't want people calling Tea Partiers racist because of a small minority; time to follow that Golden Rule.
    Last edit by Elvish on Jul 25, '10
  14. by   Tweety
    Quote from leslie :-D
    for some/many, this site would be suggestive of "interfaith tolerance".

    naturally speaking for myself, i happen to think it a peaceful, unifying gesture.

    leslie


    But first, as already evidenced by the video, we need to confront prejudice, hatred, and misunderstanding...it's going to be a painful process.

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