I am a person who will do research to find information about things I don’t know. I do it every day because someone will ask a question or I’ll hear something I’m curious about. If I have a position that I have taken, I try to make sure I have all the facts. I truly believe that we need to have all the facts in order to make informed decisions. I have included a couple of links below.
This is what I found out about the purported “Mosque at Ground Zero”.
1. It is not AT Ground Zero. It is 2 blocks away.
2. It is on privately owned property.
3. Now the kicker. IT IS NOT A MOSQUE. IT IS A CULTURAL CENTER.
It will have a prayer room, but the majority of the facility will include a culinary school, gym, basketball court, and swimming pool. In addition, it will have a September 11 memorial space. There will be a mosque, or said prayer room, included in the building, but it will be open to all visitors, not just Muslims. That means it is not strictly for Muslims to use as a house of worship. It has many other functions for the community. For more information on what is in the area click here.
Here is my bottom line. I do not agree with discrimination in any form. I mean ZERO, ZILCH, NADA. I believe in equality for everyone. It means we don’t always like what we see. But how else do we get past our aversion to those situations if we do not expose ourselves or accept that they have that right? What happened to the First Amendment here? If you do not believe in the First Amendment rights, then what do we have? We have nothing. This country would have been founded for nothing.
If you look through history, there have been many wars that were based on people imposing their religion on other people. And the biggest perpetrator of that came in the form of the Crusades. They were started by the Catholic Church. They went into these foreign countries to stamp out the infidels. Those wars were fought off and on for HUNDREDS OF YEARS WITH MILLIONS DYING.
I want to live in an America where we are truly able to show are enemies and we do have them, that we are able to get past their actions of hate. I want them to know that although we do not understand their hate, we will thrive and continue to be a strong country. I also want them to see it. I want them to see that we can separate what those terrorists did not what the Muslim faith did.