I am going to write a post on the Ground Zero Mosque. Long term readers know I was on hand for both blasts at the WTC. If you are part of the group of people who regularly comment here including Poultry, Ray, the Editrix your opinions are welcomed. I ask that Mark Winters use his own name for this post as I consider this to be a serious subject. No Foghorn Leghorns or Captain Spaulding please just Mark Winters.
Ground Zero is sacred ground to me for obvious reasons. I was there when people who were acting in their interpretation of Islam blew and incinerated 2900 of my fellow NYC residents. I do not hold all Muslims responsible for 9-11. I have zero doubt that Stephen Schwartz of the Center of Islamic Pluralism and decent folks like Abu Farris of Harry's Place would have done anything and everything in their power including risk their own lives to prevent senseless slaughter.
We live in a society where freedom of speech and worship are our birth rights. Building a mosque there is legal, but not all things that are legal are advisable or wise. No doubt some of the arrogant far left supporters of the Mosque ignore that even in very liberal NYC the public is overwhelmingly against the building of an over sized Mosque with very dubious funding in the proximity to what we consider sacred ground.
One can walk ten blocks North and see businesses that I sometimes frequent such as the Pakistani Tea House. Let the local community build its own Mosque away from sacred ground
and proportional to the other houses of worship in the area.
Certain projects are not appropriate for certain locations. I would not seek to create a room to honor Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Thomas Payne inside Buckingham Palace with a Taco Bell. I do not think any of us should support a Disney theme Park in Mecca, the Vatican or on the Gettysburgh battlefield. Nor would a monument to Stalin on the site of the Katyn massacre or anywhere else be appropriate.
The truth is I am exasperated by far left types desecrating Ground Zero and handing out conspiracy theory literature on the sight of Ground Zero. Unfortunately, the First Amendment protects commies who mock the site and the dead daily for political purposes.
Of course the Editrix may not be familiar with my annoyance at the far left for stabbing America in the back and making a mockery of the brave firemen whose haunting looks I will never forget
as they passed me and joined history as I raced away on that day with visions I will carry forever. The Duck is too polite and grounded in reality to make a mockery of the dead, but he knows where the populist bigotry comes from and who it is directed against.
Building a mosque there is legal, but not all things that are legal are wise. If these people are truly interested in serving the community let them do so ten blocks North and away from sacred ground.