The proposal to build a large Islamic centre and mosque blocks from Ground Zero in New York’s lower Manhattan is a bad idea. The site is near where the devastating al-Qaeda attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 killed about 3,000 people.
For months now, a five-story building two blocks north of the World Trade Center, after being abandoned for eight years, is being used on Fridays by hundreds of Muslims to pray and listen to their imam read in Arabic from the Koran. The building has no sign that hints it is used as a Muslim prayer space, or of the grander plan for a massive Islamic center that would replace it.
“I realize it’s not all of them [Muslims], but I don’t want to have to go down to a memorial where my son died on 9/11 and look at a mosque.
“If you ask me, it’s a religion of hate.”
Have some Americans forgotten that Muslims, in the name of Islam, were the 9/11 attackers, and that Muslims financed the attacks and that thousands of Muslims ran into the streets in cities around the world and cheered and celebrated when they heard about the attacks?
Have some Americans forgotten that days passed before many Muslim leaders, including religious leaders, unreservedly condemned the attacks without pointing out how Americans had brought the attacks on themselves.
I find the proposal offensive: it disrespects the victims and their survivors. It will do nothing to celebrate pluralism in the United States; it would be an ulcer on the landscape, standing as a tribute to the attackers and their millions of supporters. It would celebrate a religion in which name nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered on that infamous day: September 11, 2001.
Source: The New York Times