This issue is becoming very controversial and divisive. Therefore, I thought it'd be good to post about it.
So what are your thoughts? I had to think about it for a while before deciding that the mosque's construction should not be an issue. It's their right to build there, and I don't think it's close enough to cause problems.
Partially the point of the terrorist attacks was to get us all fearful and distrusting of each other. And here we are nine years later still angry and fearful towards Muslims in our country. It's going to be made a place of worship, and a cultural community center right? I think it could be America's greatest showing of strength to let it be built, and not let the horrendus attacks by a few change our views on millions of people and a whole ideal.
By the way, some people, American companies used the day to exploit the tragedy to make more money off of people. Now that's something that should be stopped.
right down the street? stupidity? superkavi put it best;
1- The Wall St/Tribecca area has been know as "Little Syria" since the 1800's.
2- An actual Mosque has existed 4 blocks from the WTC since the 1970's, before the WTC was even built. --cricket chirp--
3- This Iman has been a valuable member of the community, involved with his precinct for the past 20 years and has received many accommodations for his service.
4- This Iman and his congregation immediately and repeatedly denounced the actions of extremists.
5- He worked with the FBI immediately after the attacks and conducts the FBI's Cultural Diversity training. --cricket chip--
6- 300 Muslims died in the attacks that day, many from his congregation, many serve/served as first responders- these American-Muslim *are* the 911 families.....
7- After much post-911 bigotry, many hate crimes, and public demand for the Iman and American Muslims to denounce and *do something* the Iman dedicated the Islamic Cultural Center as as an olive branch, and states that it is a message condemning the acts of violence by terrorists- not some twisted victory as it is being *spun* into.
8- It is NOT a Mosque but an inter-faith, Islamic Cultural Center, like a YMCA (and the YMHA's) named, "Park 51", complete with a basketball court, cooking school (oh, shit, "chef terrorists"!!), theater, and pray room.
9- The Islamic Cultural Center is not *ON* ground-zero, it is not even *VISIBLE* from group-zero, and the 13 stories, 3 blocks away from gx, is ridiculously dwarfed in comparison to the towering, 54-63 story skyscrapers that stand on every block along the way.
10- The majority of New Yorkers, 911 families, religious leaders (Jewish and Christians), neighborhood, and Community Board voted favorably FOR the Center this months ago.
11- New York's Mayor Bloomberg (R) supports it.
12- ... Today, Aug 23, this Iman is acting Ambassador overseas through our US State Department...
Breaking News! In a condemnable incident, an unidentified low-profile man ripped pages out of a Quran and burnt them outside the proposed Community Center and Mosque near Ground Zero.The news was reported by the New York Daily News along with some pictures.
Even though Pastor of the Florida Church Terry Jones cancelled his plan to burn the Quran due to international pressure and criticism, the unidentified zealot did not bother and set the Quran pages on fire.
"If they can burn American flags, I can burn the Quran. Americans should never be afraid to give their opinion", he said. The news was first reported by the New York Daily News. Even the Americans termed the act of burning Quran as 'ugly' and 'condemnable'.
In another incident near Nashville, Tennessee, evangelical Pastor Bob Old and another man burnt at least two copies of the Quran, drawing criticism and rebuke from other people. However, it is not immediately known whether these are rumors or any truth is there in the news.
The call of 'Burn A Quran' was first made by Terry Jones, the Pastor of Dove World Outreach Centre church in Gainesville, Florida. He later cancelled his plan.