I was flicking through the tv last night and saw this story about people protesting a mosque going up in an old Burlington Coat Factory, in NYC. The reason this is news you might ask? The mosque is going in two-blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.
Since this was a CBN Broadcast any opposing viewpoint never even made it into the piece. The only side of the opposing view was a shot of the man trying to build the mosque, Feisal Abdul Rauf,who (according to a quick google search) works on fostering better understanding between the West and the Muslim community. Looks like these protesters want none of that.
This is what ole Pat had to say after the report finished,
“I feel it is an abomination to build a Muslim sign of Triumph at the ruins of the grave site of 3000 brave Americans. I just think it’s something that’s terrible. I think it’s something that shouldn’t be done and I think Mayor Bloomberg should have better sense; that he and the city council of New York should say no.”
Like it or not Pat the same freedom that lets you spout your nonsense on air like this applies to *shock* other people too. Those same freedoms that let you keep worship how you want and where you want also apply to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Pagans, and non-believers. Just because you think your way is the best doesn’t give you the right to take away other’s freedoms. And until you understand that you’ll always be a douche Pat.
While I haven’t really heard much on the man behind the mosque, I do happen to think having a mosque so close to the site of the WTC disaster would do some good. Fostering a better understanding between Non-Muslim Americans and Muslims is something we all could benefit from. And while I’m not particularly fond of any religion, and criticize anything that is morally unacceptable (looking at you Islam & Christianity), I think learning about what defines people can help us lead to a healthy dialogue. I for one hope they get the mosque and Muslim Community Center up and going soon, it would make a wonderful trip to complement a visit to the WTC Memorial that’s due to open 9/11/2011.
What do you think? Is putting this up near the former WTC a good idea or bad one?