Should a Mosque be built at Ground Zero? Both sides of the issue are examined in this article.
If our intelligence community was able to isolate all terrorist sleeper cells and export the members of those cells or charge them with conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, then perhaps the people would be able to rise above their biases and stand by the first amendment of the US Constitution.
If the Mosque was not being built near ground zero in New York, then it would be much easier to stand by the first amendment of the US Constitution. If you only consider the first amendment to the US Constitution, then you would agree with Obama.
There are mitigating factors. It’s near the site of a terrorist attack on the US. That terrorist attack was performed by Muslims. We are still at war with the terrorists (Al Qaida) who participated in planning the 9/11 attack. The majority of the Muslims have not waged war against Al Qaida. The building where the Mosque is being built was damaged by the landing gear of one of the planes involved in the attack.
Of course, the politicians stand by popular opinion. But is the real issue the Mosque? Or is the real issue safety and security? Is the real issue a bias against all Islamic people? Or is the real issue the Mosque becoming a refuge for terrorist sleeper cells?
All these questions are very disturbing. I credit PBS News Hour for defining the debate in practical terms.
I can’t refute the fact that the Mosque can be built on private property. But I question why that particular site was chosen for the Mosque. I question why those who are building the Mosque there won’t chose another site and avoid the controversy. Is it a protest against the growing bias against all Islamic people? I mean, lets face it. What is the first word that comes to your mind when you see an Muslim? Obviously, the fear of terrorism is coloring our thoughts.
If lawful, I’d like to see the state of New York impose conditions which must be met in order for the Mosque to be built and to remain there. One condition should definitely be transparency. PBS News Hour stated the Attorney General of New York should be involved in an investigation uncovering the source of the funds for building the Mosque. Terrorist groups like Hamas making statements that the Mosque must be built only raise more questions about funding.
I guess this controversy is not exactly a vote of confidence in our Department of Homeland Security.