Monday, August 30, 2010

Undercurrents At Ground Zero

I've been looking all over for an explanation like this one ...

THE GROUND Zero mosque is being equated with that ideology. Public objection to the mosque thus represents a vote of no confidence in mainstream American Muslim leadership which, on the one hand, refuses to acknowledge the alarming dimension that anti-Americanism has taken in their community and, paradoxically, blames America for its creation.

... and finally found it.

Muslims have a constitutional right to build a house of worship in Manhattan (which is not the same thing as acceptance of Islam as a path to Objective Truth). But every locality has zoning boards which, among other things, ensure that other peoples' rights are not imposed upon. Is this endeavor too close for comfort? Are the rights of others at stake?

Does the Muslim community have the same aspiration for coexistence with their fellow Americans, that they wish their fellow Americans had for them? If so, is a concerted effort being made to inform the general public? If not, should they be surprised by a hostile reaction?



Rick said...

IMHO, it is a matter of judgment, respect & decency. The pope scrapped the plans to build a convent at Auswitch out of consideration for the sensibilities of the Jewish people. And Catholics had nothing to do with the Holocaust. Our priest and nuns were even rounded up along with the other victims. But he backed down when out of deference. The Muslims do the opposite. So, all this talk about religious freedom is a deception to mark their spoils of war. Shame on them. Disgusting.

Dad29 said...

Past is prologue, knowing history affords the chance NOT to re-live it.

Since Muslims do not believe in the 'separation of church and state,' we deal with something we cannot understand well, if at all.

But today's news tells us that Chechnya will soon become a Muslim state, if it's not one already.

And that's not even 'ancient' history.

David L Alexander said...

"So, all this talk about religious freedom is a deception to mark their spoils of war ..."

None of which takes away from a constitutional right (and I was very specific as to the nature of that right). But it MAY necessitate preventing that right from impinging on that of others.

David L Alexander said...


How about Dearborn, Michigan? Or is it "Michiganistan"? If I were a Yooper, I'd vote for secession from the lower part while there is still time, eh?

Anonymous said...

This brought to mind one of my favorite movies, Prophecy III. The rebellious angel Zophael is asked by his human companion: "Do you love God?". He replies: "As much as he loves me."

I feel about the same way towards Muslims. I'm willing to give exactly the same amount of respect and religious freedom to individual or groups of Muslims as they are willing to extend to me.