While the idea behind this blog is not mine (I will give full credit to Salon writer Justin Elliot) I will expand on the idea.
A very controversial religious figure plans to build a cultural center within two blocks of Ground Zero. It will carry this persons personal religion as it's forename but will be open to those of all faiths. Unlike Park51 this particular center is not being protested. Barely a word is being spoken about it.
If, as some of those that protest Park51, are truly protesting the building for the reasons they claim should they not be speaking loud and clear on this one?
If those protesting Park51 are protesting because they believe that it is being built on hallowed ground, should they also not be protesting this site as well since it is within the same distance as Park51?
In my opinion, the very fact that the people that are protesting Park51 are also not protesting this site (and more than likely will not) speaks louder than any word they can ever mutter.
What it shows is that this protest is not about Ground Zero, or about hallowed ground (they would have been protesting the places of ill refute for years and asking that they move). It is about religious intolerance, not to mention religious ignorance. What it shows it that a large number of the Park51 protesters not only believe that we are at war with the entire Islamic religion but they have fallen for the idea that on 9/11 those that attacked us represented the entire religion. They have fallen into the ignorance of the argument that all Muslims were in support of 9/11.
A little background of the new center that is being built. It's current planned name is the "9-11 Christian Center at Ground Zero". Let us forget for a minute the idea that the name itself is perverting the site of the worst attack on American soil for personal gain. It's founder claims that it will be open for all faiths, but from his words in the past that is hard to believe (notice that is the same argument some protesters have used against Park51).
Pastor Bill Keller is not a nice man and he does not represent the ideals of Christianity that I grew up with. He calls one religion (and for obvious reasons I do not need to put what religion he is referring to) a great religion for pedophiles. Not surprisingly he is a big believer in the birther conspiracy theory. The big thing for me is that he willingly takes peoples money in the name of God for his own personal gain.
I am in agreement with Salon writer Justin Elliot. If Bill Keller wants to build this site I have no objection to it. Do I like the idea based on the person that Keller is? Absolutely not, but if the proposed center is going to be open to all faiths as Keller promises I have no issues with (yes I am using an argument used several times on this blog to justify protesting the idea of Park51). Honestly the only ground I consider actually hallowed in that area is in the footprints of Ground Zero. We, ourselves, have already taken the hallowed part out by building a skyscraper on it, but that is another blog entirely. Anything blocks away from Ground Zero is not hallowed ground, simply put.
Here is my challenge, if you oppose the building of Park51 do you also oppose the building of this Christian Center? Please elaborate whether you do or do not.
Same thing with those that support the building of Park51, do you support the building of the Christian Center? Why or why not?
It is actually a really good study into the reasons why people support one thing but not another.
The backgrounds of the site and the Bill Keller came from an article that Justin Elliot wrote on Salon.