How do YOU feel about the Mosque?

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How do YOU feel about the Mosque?
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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 12:23am

My daughter asked me today how I felt about the proposed Mosque in NYC. I confess, other than reading Sara Palin's sad tweet episode I hadn't really paid much attention to it. I can understand why some people are upset by it, and I can get why some people feel the Muslim community is not being as sensitive as they could concerning the Mosque, but other than that I don't have very strong feelings either way on the subject. So it made me wonder how others here feel about it. I think I agree with Bloomberg though that if handled correctly it could help mend some of the pain, as Bloomberg states: "Of course, it is fair to ask the organizers of the mosque to show some special sensitivity to the situation, and in fact their plan envisions reaching beyond their walls and building an interfaith community. But doing so, it is my hope that the mosque will help to bring our city even closer together, and help repudiate the false and repugnant idea that the attacks of 9/11 were in any ways consistent with Islam." (Like his correct use of the word repudiate!)

What do you think?

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/08/bloomberg-stands-up-for-mosque.html#ixzz0vbk63MvQ

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-08-03-ground-zero-mosque_N.htm




Edited 8/4/2010 12:23 am ET by justjane2009

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 12:34am

Hi - I'm new here...hope you don't mind me jumping in...from one Jane to another...


I think it makes about as much sense as someone building a Japanese restaurant next to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.


You can rationalize it all you want...it wouldn't be anything but offensive to the survivors of the men and women killed during the attack.

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 12:41am
Honestly? I think there certainly had to be a few innocent Muslims that perished in the towers on 9/11. I think it's important for us to remember that....and if they can incorporate a little "sensitivity training" so to speak, it CAN be a good thing. I just won't hold my breath for that caveat because such sensitivity is only expected/demanded of the Christian faith.
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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 1:00am

Jane....I used to live on Pearl Harbor. Literally. The water was a stones throw from my house. I took my mother to the Memorial and there were lots of Japanese tourists. My mother got so upset by that. She immediately felt that they were snickering or somehow gloating by visiting the memorial. I saw it just the opposite....I saw sadness and remorse, just like I would be expressing if I were to visit Nagasaki or Hiroshima.

I see a lot of the same with the to-do over the Mosque. Surely there are Muslims who are horrified by the hijacking of their faith on 9/11?? I despise terrorists, and I fully recognize that the terrorists proclaimed themselves to be Muslim....but I cannot understand the fear regarding this Mosque.

If I were to be upset about anything, it would be the lack of "equality", however. Where's the Synagogue, the Church, the Temple....???? And I would expect liberals to be just as upset ;)

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 1:21am

There is a church

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 1:31am

LOL! Yes, because that cathedral was JUST built in the FOOTSTEPS of the twin towers.

You are funny!

And yes...your big tent was PRECISELY my point...why aren't you upset that ONLY a mosque is going in the twin towers footsteps? Isn't that ....like, omigod, like a total violation of separation of church n' state or whatever the constitution says about equality of religions in the United States?? ;)

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 1:54am
My aunt lives a mere 20 minutes stroll from ground zero (Lower East Side).

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 4:13am

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 7:33am

It doesn't particularly bother me. It is NOT right next to ground zero and won't be seen from ground zero. Even if I personally didn't like the idea of it, well, there's lots of things in this country I don't "like the idea of," but there's nothing against the law or the Constitution that disallows it just because I don't like it.

I was listening to Rush and his callers yesterday talking about it as well as the local morning a.m. show (so I may get my examples mixed up on which show I heard it on). I heard examples of Japanese building a monument to their emperor at Pearl Harbor or a statue of Hitler at a concentration camp and how the people would be outraged. I heard about building a monument at Nagasaki of a nuclear bomb and how the people would be outraged. I thought those were ridiculous examples because 1) Who would do that?, 2) A mosque and a community center isn't the same thing as a monument.

I also heard about how that whole area is "sacred ground." If it is so "sacred," why isn't it cleared out of every single business in a two block radius from ground zero? Again, this community center is going to be two blocks away with tall enough buildings in between it and ground zero that it won't even be able to be seen from there.

Additionally, religious freedom only seems to work in this country for some if they agree with that religion. I've heard prominent people in this country attempt to refer to Islam as a "cult," as if that will make it acceptable to deny them the right to build a community center and mosque wherever they can get planning approval from. Even if it was a "cult," it would still be constitutionally protected as long as they weren't kidnapping people or holding them against their will (as repugnant as that thought is).

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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 8:12am
When you say "such sensitivity is only expected/demanded of the Christian faith." I am confused, in my experience the so called 'Christians' in my area seem to be the group that most lacks sensitivity. Could you elaborate on that? Thanks.
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Wed, 08-04-2010 - 8:16am

"the lack of "equality", however. Where's the Synagogue, the Church, the Temple....???? "

This is a private enterprise - not built with public funds so the whole idea of 'equality' isn't really an issue. I am sure if a synagogue or a church wanted to purchase land/building in that area and erect a synagogue or a church there would be no issue - so that is where the 'equality' issue would be - it wouldn't be as much of an issue if it was a church or a synagogue would it?

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