Friday, July 23, 2010
Why the NY Mosque Should Not Be Built at Ground Zero
Feisal Abdul Rauf
There are two basic reasons why the proposed mosque in New York should not be built near Ground Zero. The first is the questionable imam who is pushing it, and the second is a simple case of showing proper sensitivity to the victims of 9-11, their families and Americans in general. The mosque should be moved to another location.
First of all, this imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, portrays himself as "a moderate" and that the mosque would represent "reconciliation". I don't buy either argument. It has been reported over and over from various sources that Rauf will not condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization, indeed, that he has ties to Hamas and that he has often expressed a wish for America to become a "shariah compliant society". First of all, anyone who thinks that America can accommodate shariah law is a fool. All you have to do is look at how shariah views women, homosexuals and other religions to see that it is against every freedom we hold dear in this country.
Some say, "why not just allow Muslims to practice shariah within their own communities? The Brits are doing it."
We are not the Brits. We cannot abandon Muslim women and homosexuals to be subject to the tender mercies of shariah law behind closed doors--as is happening in Europe. Every person in the US is entitled to our constitutional freedoms. That includes Muslims.
Secondly, if Rauf and his supporters cannot respect the sensitivity of Ground Zero, then it suggests that they simply don't care. They are determined to build that mosque at Ground Zero whether anybody likes it or not. After all, they have freedom of religion and freedom to build a place of worship. That is, of course, true. However, why can they not build it somewhere else in New York? The argument arises that a mosque at Ground Zero would represent a "victory" and "humiliation" of the non-Muslim West. I cannot state that is Rauf's intent, but I sure have my suspicion that there is something to that.
If that mosque is built, one can only pray that it will always be under the auspices of truly peaceful Muslims. Imagine the outrage, however, if it is ever revealed, even 50 years from now, that hate-filled words are coming out of that place just yards away from the site where that hatred was translated into action on 9-11. The supporters of the mosque should reconsider their choice of site. They are only alienating themselves from the rest of society.