POTUS Stands In Favor Of Ground Zero Mosque
Matt | On 16, Aug 2010
I was really happy to hear the President take a stand on this issue.
As you may know, there are plans to build a mosque and Islamic community center very close to Ground Zero in New York. There has been an uproar in the media because people feel it’s disrespectful to have a Muslim house of worship so close to where 3,000 Americans were killed (by Al Qaeda terrorists who were also Muslim). President Obama voiced his support of the mosque on Saturday citing the right to religious freedoms.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” said Obama.
I couldn’t agree more. For nine years our nation has unfairly demonized an entire religion based on the actions of 19 terrorist hijackers. Are there radical Muslims? Yes. Is EVERY Muslim radical? Not hardly.
The argument has left out the Muslims who could care less about running planes into buildings and simply want to worship Allah. I think they deserve to worship when and how they please. It’s been a gross assumption that because the mosque is near Ground Zero that only “Muslim terrorists” are going to use it.
The dialogue tends to play on raw, unsubstantiated fears. If someone really wants to do harm to the area, they don’t need to practice Islam to carry out a threat. Also, if someone wants to work toward peace and understanding in New York, they don’t only need to be Christian. The undertone of the debate draws those conclusions, of course without saying it out loud.
So, even though this is a local issue for New York City, trust and believe that all of the power players (networks, blogs, radio hosts, etc.) have weighed in on this. Many conservatives are against it altogether. A CNN/Opinion Research poll found that 70 percent of Americans are against the mosque and only 29 percent support it. However, the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is an avid supporter, along with some Democrats. We must remember, too, that it’s an election year and some opinions are skewed. Anything dealing with 9/11 is always going to be a sensitive topic, as it should be.
Republicans have already “predicted” that the voters are going to punish Democrats at the polls in November because of their support of the mosque. *eyeroll* The GOP is just praying at this point for any little controversy to sway public opinion. Uggh..