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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Moslem Mosque Politicized

Building a Muslim Mosque and community center near to the Ground Zero site of the September 11, 2001 attacks  on New York City is not so much about American freedom to practice religion, as Mayor Bloomberg says, but about America's inability to create a national memorial for this earth shattering assault on our nation.

It is entirely possible that the controversial Mosque currently creating a bru-ha-ha, because it could send the wrong political message about the attack to the Muslim world, is simply a transference of our nation's inability to honor this sacred site with our own memorial. 

Even the Russian government dedicated a September 11th Memorial in New Jersey (check http://rgeorgedunn.blogspot.com/2009/03/awesome-russias-9-11-tribute-and-gift.htmlwebsite).

On the other hand, the last time I visited ground zero, a hole in the ground was decorated with home made memorial posters pasted on the chain link fence surrounding the site, creating the aura of a prison appearance in the area.

I suspect the growing opposition to the proposed Mosque would be much less evident if Americans could just come up with our own memorial to honor this sacred site.  Maybe France can donate another Statue of Liberty?  Americans should be embarrassed rather than upset....

We have a Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii.  Americans need and expect a Ground Zero Memorial in New York City.  A Mosque connected to a Ground Zero Memorial is fine with me, but first things first. 

Let's get our own Ground Zero Memorial in place first, please. 

Moreover, let's pray we never need to build any more memorials.

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