August 27, 2010

The Mosque at ground zero

This is a partial list posted on wikipedia of attacks perpetrated by people using the religion of Islam as a sounding board for their agenda.

The debates over freedom and peace in the middle east rage on every day, yet nothing has changed there in thousands of years. That region of the world is steeped in ignorance, tribalism, despotism, and religious oppression. Toss in billions of dollars for oil from all over the planet and you have a recipe for disaster.

Now Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has proposed the building of a thirteen story mosque a couple of blocks from the site of The World Trade Center. Currently, eighty percent of the people polled about this issue think that the mosque shouldn't be built.

Rauf has been tapped by Presidents in the past to act as an ambassador of sorts to "bridge" understanding between Islam and western societies. Looking at the man's history, he would be considered to be an Islamic moderate by any measure, even though he has made statements that would bring this into question...

"For many people who do not understand Islam, Muslims do not appear in the Western media to act in a way that let them believe that Islam is a religion of peace. So there is a certain cognitive dissonance here. If Islam is a religion of peace, why do we see Muslims unpeaceful? Why do we see suicide bombings in Muslim countries? Why do we see indiscriminate killing of people? "

That is a quote by the man that we rarely see in the media today.

People will bring out statistics, numbers, and lists as I have done here about deaths surrounding Islamic terrorism. Lists of how many people that have been killed by American military operations and U.S. sanctions will also be brought out and held in the waving fists of those who oppose the lifestyle and freedom we have built for ourselves here.

This is a never ending argument that has and will lead to bloodshed. There are people all over the world that stand behind the Koran who desire for me and you to simply die. I have read the Koran and, like all religious tomes, the book speaks of love and respect while at the same time condoning slaughter of people who either don't believe as they do or break the list of rules they have published as the only path to true salvation.

It is apparent that religious fanatics of any ism feel that it is their duty as commanded by god to kill whoever they wish, whether its a doctor that performs abortions, or people going to work in World Trade Center.....

The way I see it, historically, neither Christianity or Islam has a leg to stand on when you enter the arena of the argument over violent fundamentalists...

It's at this point that laws take over. Equal protection means just that, equal. When you break a law you are punished by systems set in place to keep the peace.

In observance of these laws and ordinances, voted into place by the citizens of this society, we must allow the building of this mosque.

My personal opinion is that it is in poor taste, a slap to the face of all those who lost family, friends, and fellow countrymen on September 11th, 2001. I believe that this building will be a target of malice and hatred that will be held up to the rest of the world to show either the barbaric nature of this country or the "victory" Islam has over this society by picturing the power they hold over us. Just as paintings of the twin towers in flame adorned many walls in the middle east as people danced about in celebration of the attack, this mosque will be used as a thumb in the eye of this society by these same ignorant muslims.

We are discussing cultural differences that will never be ironed out. We can not understand why a woman should be stoned to death after committing adultery when the man involved walks away unscathed. We can not understand why women in this culture are subjugated to the point of not showing their faces in public, not allowed to go to school, or vote, or have a voice in anything political.

Just as strongly as you and I are confused by things of this nature, these people are baffled by how we can allow our daughters to make porn movies. They are confused by how we let our society morally crumble around us, holding that anything done to get money is ok. For every belief that you have which you hold onto dearly there is a person that believes exactly the opposite and will fight as fiercely as you would to protect it.

This is where the breakdown starts.

How do we overcome this impasse?

There are only two ways to do this. We either understand and recognize the differences, accept them and move forward without violence, or one group must destroy the other. The destruction must come from either violent means or assimilation.

Any rationally thinking person can make the universal plea for peace. Here is mine:

"Do we not think that it is time that we, as a human race, came to learn the lesson that violence begets nothing but violence? In order for us to move forward as one people, untied in peace, we must accept that cultural and religious differences within our societies are to be celebrated and haled as one of our greatest achievements; That we indeed can exist together and move forward in an atmosphere of understanding would usher in one of the greatest moments in our history. When we can work together to overcome the real problems that we face throughout life - poverty, disease, ignorance, famine, and oppression, we shall truly know what it is to be enlightened. One word encompasses this thought, freedom. The allowance of individuals to be and remain free is the cornerstone of the foundation that our future will be built upon. To recognize the right of the person next to you to worship, live, and think as they wish is the only answer to our very survival. If we do not learn this lesson then we are forever doomed to repeat the historical outrages that our forefathers fell victim to. No person has the right to own another human being. No government has the right to oppress people who disagree with its policies. No one group may have control over another. No one has the right to take anything from anyone through force or fraud, this is true with all things from intellectual freedom to our very lives. We are individual people, each with the right to live and believe as we see fit. The choice is a simple one, the time is now at hand when we must make the decision to perish, or to survive."

The imam Rauf and his supporters have every legal right to build this mosque. While I do not agree with it being so near the site of the largest Islamic fundamentalist attack on this society, I must step back for a moment and see that we can not allow popular opinion to trump law. They have been cleared by all the applicable licensing and approval boards to go forward, therefore they must be allowed to do so.

While some may consider this to be us taking the high road, others may consider this to be another case in point of the weakening of this country. Political correctness and poplar opinion must not be allowed to overtake law. Allowing them to do so would be one of the most dangerous moves we have ever made.


drumdance said...

I agree. And for that matter it's not even a mosque. It's a community center. There is a strip club on the same block.

There is a Muslim prayer room in the Pentagon. Muslims serve in our military. Muslim civilians were killed on 9/11 in the WTC.

trencherbone said...

There'll be no virgins waiting for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his fellow mosqueteers when they depart this world and go down to meet Allah and Mohammed.

They've really screwed things up for the Religion of Peace™. Even if they build their Victory Mosque, it'll be a Pyrrhic Victory. All they've done is woken the proverbial American Sleeping Giant to the true nature of Islam.