Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mosque: Insult or Non-issue

I have been fighting the urge to weigh in here and bring up the notion of a mosque being built within ear shot of 9/11 Ground Zero but I wanted to see what others felt about it. President Obama said last week, "As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances." To which a spokeswoman for one of the 9/11 victim's group retorted, "Barrack Obama has abandoned America at the place where America's heart was broken nine years ago, and where her true values were on display for all to see." Plus, the mosque's construction "is a deliberately provocative act that will precipitate more bloodshed in the name of Allah" (http://www.fitsnews.com/2010/08/14/obama-backs-mosque-at-ground-zero/).

Newt Gingrich weighed into the mosque debate by saying, "Building this structure on the edge of the battlefield created by radical Islamists is not a celebration of religious pluralism and mutual tolerance; it is a political statement of shocking arrogance and hypocrisy" (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=38282). The Right has been beating the drum against the mosque by looking into the Imam that will lead the mosque. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf central tenet to his teachings has been the use of Sharia Law and has been questioned about who is funding the construction of the 13-story mosque.

Is this an issue of religious freedom or is it about the respect of those that died on 9/11?