Mosque and Islamic centre to be built near Ground Zero
upon reading this article, i felt compelled to comment on it. like the majority of the world's population, i condemned the September 11 attack. the senseless attack by these terrorist organisations for whatever righteous reasons they may have, attacked not just the community of individuals within New York at that point in time, but globally and most significantly moderate Muslims.
when i read that an islamic centre, featuring a mosque, will be build near the site, my initial reaction was WOW! it could be a great message put forth that the psychological warfare that these terrorists have waged, along with a real physical warfare, will not be won by them. that is until my eyes laid upon the words used by individuals who opposed the building. if Christian extremists were the terrorists responsible for that particular attack, would these individuals be so against the idea of building a Christian church near that ground? don't get me wrong, i'm a Christian and i'm not bashing the religion itself. What i'm driving at is the mindset of Americans. claiming to be a first world modern country, i sense a bigotry within that nation that dates back to centuries ago. or maybe it's just humans on the whole. we are always looking for someone to blame and right now, the obvious choice would be those whose religions are similar to those extremists, though i doubt that the choice would be as obvious if it was Christianity or Judaism.
let's not forget that the victims are not limited to those who died at the hands of the hijackers on September 11, 2001 but extends to cover the family and friends of the dead, personnels, be it military or non-military, in the Middle East, citizens globally and most importantly, the Muslims who don't condone these attacks.
can true religious harmony never exist?