For the past couple of weeks we have all heard about the planned mosque to be built at Ground Zero. There are just a few glaring problems with that statement. None of it is true.
You would not know that, however, if you were watching the "lame stream media" (thank you Sarah Palin). The media and journalists on the major networks have sorely failed us on this account. They have allowed fear and paranoia to rule the day on this issue. In the end, the fear mongers and liars will get their way and the planned development will not be built.
What is actually being built is a Muslim Center for all to visit, it will also just happen to have a mosque in it. That is what the fearmongers and liars want you to focus on so they drop the Muslim Center from the conversation and only focus on the mosque. Why? Mosques represent Muslims, Muslims represent terrorists for many Americans. Sadly we are in a time of age where an entire religious group has been demonized because of what a few have done.
Does this sound familiar? It should, in the 1940s we locked up thousands of Japanese Americans in internment camps because the government of Japan attacked us. The Japanese people here had nothing to do with it, but we convicted them of it anyways. History has a nagging way of repeating itself. As human beings capable of rationale thought we should learn from our lessons, yet we continue to make the same mistakes over and over.
Now, for the location of the Muslim Center. It is not, as the fearmongers and liars have pronounced, at Ground Zero. It is actually a few blocks away. Here is the secret that they do not want those they control with their fear to know. There is a mosque not to far from the proposed site. No one raised a fuss over that one being built, why are they raising a fuss now? It is pretty simple. It is 2010. It is an election year. I really do wish it were more simple than that but this whole non-controversy has been blown out of proportion because politicians want to use this as an issue to scare their supporters into voting on Election Day.
President Obama, in an interview recently, had to remind a large group of Americans (oddly it is the same group that implores that they love and want to protect the Constitution) that in this country we still have Freedom of Religion. One of the worst quotes to come out of this that several politicians have uttered is that they support freedom of religion and the Muslims can build their mosque anywhere, but not there (even though they are not building a mosque where the fearmongers and liars are saying they are).
When President Obama said that we have Freedom of Religion in this country you would have though the most moral (in their mind) in our society would have stood up and cheered. They did not. Instead they have largely acted in disgust.
What they like to point to is a quote from a speech President Obama made in May of last year. These fearmongers and liars are almost the first to point out when one of their members has been taken out of context and yet for over a year not only have they taken the quote out of context they have changed the quote completely. Here is the quote that they said he made:
"We are not a Christan Nation."
Here is what he actually said:
"One of the great strengths of the United States is we have a very large Christian population -- we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."
What he actually said is QUITE a bit different from what they say he said. He never actually said that we are not a Christian Nation. Oddly enough after a full year they continue to say he did say that and yet the "lame stream media" (again, thank you Sarah Palin) continues to let these fearmongers and liars to continue to lie and scare those that are easy to scare.
That brings us right back to the Muslim Center being built in New York City. People have gone so far as to try to get the building marked with landmark status so that the Muslims could not touch it. Well it turns out the building does have a little history to it (not just the kind of history needed to make it a landmark), it used to be a Burlington Coat Factory.
We have gotten our values and morals in this country out of whack. We do not believe that Muslims should have the right to build mosques because of our misunderstanding of the religion. We blame their entire religion for what a very few have actually done, yet in a recent poll of conservative bloggers the man who masterminded 9/11 was not even listed in the Top 25 of worst people in American history (just a note the poll was worst people in American history not worst Americans in American history).
Look we can not even get a building built at Ground Zero. After nine years we are still digging at the site and finding boats that were sunk to make that land. We were promised by our politicians that a new building would be in place by September 11, 2011. That is not going to happen.
Personally I do not agree or support any building being built on that site. Thousands of people died on that site and just to pave over it like it never happened is a horrible remembrance to those people.
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to visit the site of the Oklahoma City Bombing. New York should have followed their example. No buildings have been built there just a lovely memorial to those that were lost.
When it comes to the subject of the Muslim Center. It is not being built as a victory mosque (that is just a joke in itself), it is not being built to purposely make people uncomfortable, and it is not being built at Ground Zero. It is being built as a place for people of religious faith to meet together in a safe environment.
Amendment I of the United States Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
UPDATE: I do not remember if I said this in my original blog but ultimately I do not believe that the center will be built where it is planned. Hating those that are not understood is a whole lot easier than trying to understand them. As long as we have fear and hate in this country for an entire religion (and as long as we have leaders and media outlets who have no problem feeding this fear and hate) we will continue to find ourselves in these situations. Up until the planning of this mosque no one had any issues with the other mosque that is in the same are, or the strip clubs, or the bars, or even the Off Track Betting sites.
This is nothing more than those who do not understand and do not want to understand finding something they can scare people with and rile them up. The protests are being led by people who have probably never even had a conversation with a Muslim let alone seen one. They are doing it for their own selfish causes.
It is a sad time in America when those that say they want to protect the Constitution the loudest are the same ones who mistreat it the most. Freedom of Religion (as I previously stated) is for all religions not just a select few.
In the end the hatemongers and liars will win, they almost always do.