Truths about the mosque in Lower Manhattan

@poingly (606)
United States
August 1, 2010 10:16am CST
I've heard a lot of people getting upset over the mosque to be built in Lower Manhattan, claiming that it is too close to Ground Zero. More specifically, they have said time and time again that they don't want to have a mosque within eyesight of of the location of a tragic incident. Good news! You won't be able to see it from ANYWHERE on Ground Zero. Considering the size of this building when compared to those around it, you will not be able to see it from Ground Zero. Is there a chance that you'll be able to see it from the top of the Freedom Tower? Of course, but you'll also probably be able to see just about the entire rest of New York City as well. I've also heard the argument that there are plenty of other mosques in the City, why here? That this doesn't already exist here, why should it exist now? Well, the truth of the matter is that there is a Islamic prayer center already in the neighborhood. This is a ground growing beyond the means of their space, and growing what already exists.
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• United States
1 Aug 10
This issue is really running off of emotions instead of logic. I can understand people being upset. But what they need to realize is the Muslim religion did not attack us. It was terrorists.We are not at war with the Muslims...we are at war with the terrorist. yes those terrorist are Muslim...but that does not make ALL Muslims terrorists. I see a lot of that...people running off of fear and anger at a complete religion because of the actions of a few of them. Under that logic are all members of the Catholic church or anyone who is Catholic a pedophile? No...but some really bad priests were. It can't stereotype a complete group of people due to the actions of a few. they have ever right to put the mosque there. Legally, and constitutionally. that being said...I do think they should be more sensitive to the emotions of the victims of that attack and find another place to put it. Or maybe the reason they want it there is to show that "all" muslims are not bad people and that they are Americans too. I think both sides needs to get together and talk it out. Maybe the people that are upset will see not all Muslims are horrible and maybe the people wanting to build the mosque will understand better the emotion hurt putting there would cause the victims and their families. Then maybe the can come to a compromise.
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@sid556 (30986)
• United States
24 Aug 10
They already have a mosque right there in the neighborhood that has been there for years. They are expanding as Spalladino said and it's true. They lost people on 9/11 too and are building a memorial for those that lost their lives on 9/11.
@oldchem1 (8143)
2 Aug 10
I just cannot see the problem with the mosque being built. This is just like saying that all Muslims are terrorists - which of course they are not! In the UK we have catholic churches and Irish centres near where to the IRA killed people with bombs - but not all these people are terrorists.
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• United States
1 Aug 10
I don't think people don't want the mosqu there just because they can see it. I think it has more to do with the act of terrorizm that was demonstrated on 9/11. Think about it, why would we want a mosqu anywhere near were there was an act of terrorisz? Yes it might be a preditous thing but you know. We american can't help being predidis when people of foreing countries and people of color are trying to destroy the us on a daily basis. The Islams have brought this on themselves. They should stop trying to destroy the united states and maybe we would welcome them to live here. I try not to be predidis but it is so hard when other coultures are trying to destroy us and people of color our more predijous than we are. were does it end. I say not to the Muslum prayer center. why do they need to pray there anywhay? to rub it in our faces?
• United States
1 Aug 10
sorry about the spelling
@chefjo (13)
• Philippines
2 Aug 10
I can understand the negative reactions that some people felt. It is an emotional reaction born out of that tragic incident. It is rubbing salt to the wound it would seen. What was done to the twin towers was the act of extremists. Building a mosque is just a part of propagating their faith just as christians evangelize the muslim world. We really have to have a spirit of tolerance. It is just unfortunate that in the muslim religion there are still plenty of extremists, overzealous believers that can not tolerate other religion. In the past centuries Christianity have also zealous believers. Christians too persecuted the non believers like Spain attacking the muslims of Alhambra. Even among christians that's why catholic northern Ireland fought with protestant Britain. It is intolerance that make people resent other peoples beliefs.
@silvercoin (2101)
• Lithuania
1 Aug 10
It looks like someone's doing it on purpose if they want to build it exactly there.The purpose of this action is, I guess, provoke hate between the Muslims and Christians in the city.I smell politics, but since I don't live where you live, I can't see the full picture of it.