That's right. THE Mosque.
Now, this is old news... but when it was a hot topic I was pregnant and very tired. And then people were still talking about it when I had a very new newborn... but I was still very tired. People aren't talking about it as much anymore, but I still think about it. And these are my thoughts:
This situation mostly just embarrasses me. I'm embarrassed by the way most Americans are reacting to this issue. Really, we should just be better than this. I honestly have not heard one really good argument against having an Islamic cultural center near ground zero. (Note I reference the cultural center because the mosque is already there.) This is not an invitation. Its not likely that you can present to me an argument that I haven't heard yet. It's just that I don't find the argument (the one that you are about to feverishly type in response to this post) valid.
Mostly I just don't understand what the big deal is. The Pentagon was attacked on Sept 11, and they've had Muslims praying in designated areas on the premises for years since. It hasn't even been news. Never mind that Muslims have been worshiping at the mosque in question for years. They are really just talking about expanding it into a cultural center. And really? Since when do we find it acceptable to discriminate against whole groups of people based on something they had nothing to do with... oh wait, we do that all time. We can take pride (please note sarcasm) in some really awesome examples of this in things like Japanese internment camps.
Its stupid. I believe Timothy McVeigh was Methodist. Shall we not allow them to worship in Oklahoma City? We should also not allow Mormons to worship in southern Utah, because of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. And Catholics shouldn't be allowed to worship in much of Europe because of the Crusades... oh but wait, that's not a good example, is it? Because the Catholic church actually WAS involved in the Crusades (go Pope Urban II!). In these other situations, there is actually a separation of what the bulk of the people believe and what these small groups/individuals did. (This is not a dig on the Catholic church - just a part of history.)
The way humans are capable of treating each other never ceases to amaze me, and this is just another example of that. Unless you are so close minded that you can't believe a Muslim when they tell you they don't believe in the whole Jihad thing, have no association with or desire to associate with terrorists, and had nothing to do with September 11th (and if you are that close minded you deserve a whole 'nother post about the density of firmly believing that a whole group of people believes something because someone outside of that group tells you it's true - I just don't have time for that), then you should have no problem with a mosque/Islamic cultural center near ground zero.
I personally believe we should let people worship how, where, and what they may - but I suppose that means I have to let you believe whatever you want too... even if you're hatin'.
That is all.
And the end of NaBloPoMo 2010.