Tuesday, September 14, 2010

With Violence, Everyone Gets Hurt


I don't live in New York. So I don't have a say in New York's zoning issues.
But a lot of people have been arguing about the Cordoba Cultural Center Project which is two blocks from Ground Zero. Critics have been calling it the "Ground Zero Mosque." Their main argument seems to be that putting an Islamic organization of any kind that close to where the Twin Towers used to stand is an insult to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

I think that people who are arguing this issue should be aware that 60 Muslims died in the Towers that day and that there was a Muslim Prayer Room (a mosque) in the Towers that day. So the families of those people and the local Muslim Community there are also victims of the 9/11 attacks. How should they be feeling right now?

Hate and intolerance is what guided the actions of the 9/11 terrorists.
Let's not mimic their example. We will only hurt ourselves and others that way.

Let us follow the examples of the thousands of brave people who rushed to the scene that day and put their lives and health at risk to save lives. That would be a real tribute to those who lost their lives that day.

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