Why not a mosque near Ground Zero?
If we cannot separate out bad actors from an entire religion, then we are the evil bigots in the propaganda.
AND, we have to look in our collective mirror and see that we are not the people or nation of freedom and “ill-will-toward-none” that we would like to believe (and have others believe) we are.
Ok, so no mosque at Ground Zero. Then what logically flows from that statement are:
- All Oklahomans should be barred from national monuments because Timothy McVeigh, our HOMEGROWN terrorist, was from Oklahoma. In fact, Oklahoma is so close to those other states (help me out here) that they may harbor terrorists or may have recruitment camps. So, let’s ban them (once I look at a map and figure out who they are). Also, are they practicing Methodists, Baptists, Unitarians or some other Protestant sect? If so, then none of those churches can be erected near national monuments. No, sirreeee. [It would be kind of funny if only ashrams, synagogues, Sikh temples, Hindu temples and Buddhist temples could be built on Ground Zero.]
- The good ol’ USA is a rogue nation. We are the only country that has used nuclear weapons. We have not renounced them (like New Zealand — ok, not a newsmaker, but a start). And bombing Nagasaki after we obliterated Hiroshima makes Kim Jong Il seem like just another weird guy with a bad haircut, wearing woman’s sunglasses.
- Lady Liberty, the welcoming beacon in our Harbor, has to be renovated so she can raise one hand with a sign or she can fling people back out to sea (see video, too crazy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BE6GyHcASE&feature=related) because we forget that EXCEPT for the Native Americans, whom we decimated under the theory of “Manifest Destiny” (oh, yeah, add GENOCIDE to our nuclear bad acts), we all descend from immigrants.
I am glad my grandparents and my mother never lived to see this day. Their America was the beacon of hope and the fulfillment of their dreams. To them, this was a great country where whoever you are and from wherever you came, you could make a life for your family. Maybe people didn’t like them because they were Jews but people left them alone.
That was America. This, this, this is a place I don’t know or understand.