The proposed Muslim Mosque slated to be built in the “Shadow of Ground Zero” has caused massive outcries in protest and in defense of the religious structure. A few months ago, when I heard about the plans for the Muslim holy place/community center, I posted my feelings on it in through my facebook status along with the link to the article where I gleaned the information from.
On May 11th, 2010 my facebook status read, “I’m all for religious equality. IF you put a church, synagogue, temple, mosque and any other religious structure in the area for people of all faiths. But just a mosque at Ground Zero would seem to me to be quite offensive to the victims of 9/11 especially that they are going to break ground for the building on 9/11/2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. This is just so sad.” And a link to the New York Daily News article “Plans for Mosque Near World Trade Center to Move Ahead”. I also proposed the idea of a community center for all people of all faiths in the follow up comments.
I still believe that a community center for all faiths is what should be near Ground Zero in New York but my feelings on the Mosque have altered, a little.
First, I’d like to state that I am not against the Mosque being built where it is planned to be built. After doing some soul-searching and some research, I realized that I would be just as bad as those who do not tolerate my faith if I were to be against any religion having a place to worship. I have had my fair share of hate and intolerance because I do not believe in one God. I am, however, adamantly against the groundbreaking of the Muslim Mosque on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.
My biggest issue with the Mosque being built is that small piece of information. That is what is appalling, galling and what I consider to be a slap in the face to the American people who witnessed the destruction and demise of the World Trade Center and the people who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. There is absolutely no reason that the groundbreaking could not be held on another day. And in my personal opinion, it should be held on another day.
I’d like it to be noted also that the Mosque is to be built 2 blocks away from Ground Zero not as close to the hallowed ground as some media outlets would lead us to believe. And if we, the American people, cannot or will not tolerate another place of worship being brought into the area, then we should get rid of all the other religion(s) already in the area. I’d like to point out that there are Christian Churches, Catholic Churches, Jewish Synagogues and Temples (at least six that I can name offhand) all within 2 blocks of the World Trade Center. Some much closer than the Mosque will be. Are we willing to rid ourselves of those religious structures? If we are not, then how can we oppose another persons place of worship?
Article 1 of the Bill of Rights states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” (Source)
Before you decide if you are for or against the proposed Mosque near (but not at) Ground Zero, ask yourself if you are willing to give up your own religious freedom.