Thursday, August 19, 2010

controversial mosque

Mosque at Ground Zero?

Does it really surprise anyone that putting a mosque at Ground Zero is going to be controversial? Really?

While we all believe in free expression of religion, it is simply unsettling that this mosque would be considered at this location. Recall that on 9/11/01, nineteen radical Muslims turned loaded passenger planes into missiles, crashing them all and killing thousands of innocents in the World Trade Centers alone.

For eight long years, the Greek Orthodox Christian church that stood in the shadow of the Towers has still not yet been approved to be rebuilt. However, this temple of Islam seems to be on the fast track, as of this writing.

To put this in context, it might be helpful to create some other inappropriate examples:

What if the Japanese wished to put a Japanese War Memorial honoring Admiral Yamamoto in the shadow of Pearl Harbor?

What if the United States wanted to place U.S. Atomic Bomb Memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

What if a white supremacist group wanted to place their meeting house next door to Abe Lincoln’s homestead?

No, these are not exactly the same. Most Muslims are clearly fine people. Many opposed the acts of these Muslim extremists. However, the association in the American psyche between Islam and 9/11 is just too strong to ignore.

While we may have the freedom to do something, it is not always prudent, helpful or proper. The Bible says it this way: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…” (I Corinthians 6:12- KJV).

In short, while this movement may indeed be legal, it is not helpful or expedient toward any worthwhile goal.

It does serve to make it clear that some Muslims will not act with any class, and some politicians like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barrack Hussein Obama, are completely out of touch with “we the people.”

What do you think?