Never before has a building created such controversy as the “ground zero Mosque” proposed to be built not far from the site of the worst attack on American soil.
On the political correctness side, politicians are standing fast on the “high road” of the U.S. Constitution, where freedom of religion and property rights are, for the most part, individual liberties where governments should not interfere.
On the other side are those who feel that when we are at “war”, we should not welcome the enemy into our backyard. The major problem is, and always has been, who are we fighting and how do we know who the enemy is? The only factor in our “war against terror” that we do know is that the terror comes from one religious group; Muslims and their “Army of Islam”. Although the two are not the same, for the general public, the terms are interchangeable.
While it is true that not all Muslims are terrorists, the murders who slaughtered innocent Americans and others on 9/11, who are shown on videos decapitating reporters, who shot and killed eight humanitarian medical workers, commit atrocities against their fellow Muslims, especially women, and the enemy we are at war with are TERRORISTS. And their motivation, their source of their power and ability to persuade young men and women to strap bombs to their bodies and murder as many as they can is their religion.
Want to build a church? Christians consider suicide a sin, and a one-way ticket to hell. Muslims believe it is an honor and they will be rewarded in the afterlife. Want to build a Jewish Temple? Jews pray for peace and actually work hard in many volunteers organizations to make that peace a reality. When Jehovah Witness knocks on your door, they're armed with a copy of their “Watchtower”, not an MK-47.
Pick a religion, any religion, Buddhism, Hinduism, even Wiccan and they;ll all be welcomed because you'll not find one, in these modern times, that murders anyone in the name of their God. Except Muslims.
We are at war. A very different kind of war. We are not fighting a communist government trying to expand into neighboring nations. We are not fighting to free a country from a dictatorship. We are fighting a religious fanatical barbaric ideal. Many believe the way to win this war is to fight their ideals with our own. That if we open our doors and award them the same religious freedoms our country guarantees to all, that our way of life, our freedoms and religious tolerance, will persuade them to stop trying to kill us.
This philosophy reminds me of an old fable about the woman and the snake. A woman was walking along a stream that was partly frozen when she saw a poisonous snake frozen in the water. She carefully picked the snake up took it home and placed it in front of the fire to thaw it out. She fed it and nursed it back to health. One night, the snake slithered into her bed and bit her. As she lay dying, she said to the snake, “I brought you into my home. I took care of you and saved your life, why did you bite me?
The snake replied, “I'm a snake what did you expect?”
If the Muslim and Islamic community wishes to be welcomed into our homes and into our cities, then they must be the ones to weed out the snakes and work very hard to change American's perceptions of who and what their religion means. But they remain silent.
If after 9/11 the leaders of the Muslim world went on every television network and denounced the attack, and pledged to bring the heads of the terrorist regime to justice, they could build their Mosque at ground zero. But they didn't.
If massive demonstrations were held in every Muslim country and Western city to denounce Islamic terror and shared the many hundreds of verses from the Qur'an that encourage universal brotherhood, peace and tolerance, they could build their Mosque near ground zero. But there are none.
If effigies of terrorists were burned and a slew of fatwas and clerical condemnations against terror soon followed every atrocity, or if tens of millions of ordinary Muslims rallied against violence and demanded that their leaders root out and eliminate the Islamic terrorists and their supporters, they could build their Mosque near ground zero. But they don't.
If Muslims and their clerics called for introspection and atonement, accept the role that the radical elements of their religion play in worldwide violence, stop the threat of nuclear attack from Iran and commit themselves to combating and eradicating the misinterpretation of their religion , then they could build their Mosque near ground zero, or anywhere else without protest or controversy, but they remain silent.
Muslims cannot have it both ways, and neither can we. We cannot justify a war against terrorists with one hand, and welcome them into our community with the other. It isn't Islamaphobia when they really are trying to kill us.
Until all Muslims stop preaching hate, stop killing in the name of Allah, and their leaders stop remaining indifferent to the violence committed by those who follow their religious dictates, we do not want them building a safe haven, religious sanctuary or any other building which may be used for the possible recruitment for the next terrorist attack.
Until then, build your Mosque anywhere you want, only not in my backyard and certainly not anywhere near ground zero.Tweet
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