And yes, I know it’s (current) name is NOT The Ground Zero Mosque. Officials originally decided to name the project Cordoba House. Cordoba, Spain is a medieval Spanish town that up until the year 711 was ruled by the Roman Empire. However in that year (711) Cordoba was conquered by a Muslim army. Due to the violant nature of Islam’s beginning there in Cordoba a public outcry soon rose from the (understandably) ourtaged citizens and the name of the project was then changed to that of a more generic and the seemingly acceptabl title of “Park51,” (the name to coincide with the physical address of the structure) and after all who can argue against a “Park.”
Seeing that our son-in-law, while serving as a combat army medic in Operation Enduring Freedom, was KIA by a Taliban (Muslim) sniper while saving the lives of TWO MUSLIMS this subject has been a bit difficult for me to remain neutral. But who says I (or anyone) has to be neutral in anything they strongly believe in? One of the sadest things about Buddy being KIA (besides our famly’s obvious life altering state) is that here was a caucasion man who volunteered to go to a foreign land, who was imbeded with the country’s local army, did not speak the local language (well), was of a different race, who was a Christian risking his very life to save the lives of Muslims and was shot and killed by another Muslim.
Back on track –
I will not go into all the specific particulars about this project because, honestly, it is just too difficult to determine what “facts” are truly facts. That is not the purpose of this Blog post. Those facts are easily ucovered. The purpose of this Blog post is for me to state my views on this ongoing controversy… and, of course, to let everyone who wants to take the time to tell me how I am intollerant, an Islomophobe, a racist, uninformed and stupid to do so. Goat head, I can take it.
IT’S JUST WRONG, PERIOD!
Although the property’s owners have every right under the US Constitution to expand the current Mosque at that location into their Cultural Center they do not have an obligation to do so. I believe the first obligation of any organization is to best serve their “clients.” Although a larger facility with many, many more amenities available to their “clients” would benefit them, Park 51’s close proximity to Ground Zero gives the project an air of “you must tollerate and accept us.” That sort of “in your face” attitude (no matter what words you use or how nicely you say it with a smile) just spews of intollerance itself!
When Imam Rauf, his wife Kahn and developer Gamal were asked in a Newsweek interview why the Mosque had to be built there their collective response was, “We want to provide a counter momentum against extremism,” she said. “We want peace, and we want it where it matters most. This is where it matters most.” Wait, wait, wait – They say here their stated purpose is “to provide a counter momentum against extremism”. Further stating THEY want “peace and we want it where it matters most.” “THEY” want. “WE” want. Apparrently it matters very little (if at all) what the citizens who were affected most by the murder of their loved ones, friends and fellow citizens want! What WE (the Muslims) want is paramount! Go figure.
Here is where it becomes a bit muddled for me. I think it is easiest to understand the developer’s goal. He wants to make money. That is easy enough to understand. The structure was damaged by landing gear from one of the Muslim Suicide Planes on 9/11 and he wants to sell the property to cash in on his investment. Understandable.
However, less clear (to me) is the motivation of Rauf, Kahn and their ardent supporters. If the true goal is PEACE then, to even the dim whitted individual, it should be clear by now that true peace in today’s emotionally and politically charged climate will not soon be found at a site so close to where Muslim Extremist Terrorist took out an entire zip code!
Seriously, where should the main focus be? IF the stated goal is PEACE, should the pressing through of a (peaceful) faith’s Constitutional Right of Religious Freedom be the paramount goal in such a painful area as this?! OR could TRUE PEACE be better found some distance away from the proposed “Park 51” project? And remember Rauf’s, Kahn’s and Gamal’s stated intentions, “We want to provide a counter momentum against extremism,”. Their goal is not too better serve their “clients.” Their goal is to provide a counter momentum against extremism.”
It is my (correct) opinion that while being so adamant and extreme in their current stance as to the Cultural Center’s location, they are failing miserably in their stated goal and purpose.
Once again it appears that there are losers on both sides of this issue. How tragic for everyone.