Should a proposal to build a 13-story mosque and Islamic
cultural center steps from Ground Zero be approved?
THIS WEEK’S WEB POLL:
Should a proposal to build a 13-story mosque and Islamic cultural center steps from Ground Zero be approved?
■ Yes. Although it seems disrespectful and personally repugnant, a truly free society must support the freedom and rights afforded to all others. The Bill of Rights has been trampled upon enough after 9-11. What better message could be sent to the peaceful vast majority of Muslims than this? ■ NO, Not until Islam apologizes to America for what their brethren did on 9/11/01. ■ Legally yes, morally no. ■ I know it’s not a popular point of view – Yes. All Muslims are not terrorists. Many Muslims are Americans. We need to find a path that allows us to move forward together – becoming a stronger and safer nation. I am much more horrified that a Christian pastor threatened the security of the world with his insanity. A little sensitivity and education – from ALL points of view – are called for.
■ No. It can be built in a different part of town and would be more appropriate given the circumstances. ■ Yes. Considering there were two functioning mosques in the Twin Towers with Muslims probably in them praying for help as they went down, I would say it would be fine to build a Muslim Cultural Center two blocks away. ■ I am tempted to answer the way one African president did to a king of Saudi Arabia: Sure you can build a mosque, as soon as you allow a cathedral in our country. However, I don’t see our Constitutional rights in a quid pro quo light. Freedom of/from religion is not limited to mainstream religions, majority religious preferences, or current fads. Perhaps we could see the effort to build a cultural center as an olive branch, an apology, an effort to help build tolerance both ways. ■ No. Ground zero is a grave, a massive one and therefore hallowed ground, the proposal is insensitive to that fact.