Sunday, August 22, 2010

Build the Fucking "Mosque" and Be Done With It

I say "Mosque" because that's what a few bigots would have you think the building actually is.  In reality, it's a Muslim community center with a prayer room.

Now that we've got that out of the way.  Just build the damn thing.  Tell Conservative America to shut the fuck up and build the damn thing.  Every article and conservative pundit newscast I've seen has had the same bitch.  That the building site is too close to "hallowed ground."  All the issue really is, is an excuse for white people to bitch at brown people.  That's really it.

Hallowed ground.  Preposterous.  Considering the number of Native Americans that were murdered, or screwed out of their homes in this country, none of us white people should be building anything, ever.  It's all hallowed ground.  How we continue to get away with being the world's biggest douchebags throughout history amazes me.

But that gets me away from my point a little.  From an Editorial in the Post Standard (Syracuse, NY) Newspaper

To the Editor:

On April 19th, 1995, TImothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 men, women, and children and wounding 500 more.  Hatred of the federal government and revenge for the Waco siege motivated him to commit the deadliest act of terrorism prior to 9/11.

As an adult, McVeigh distanced himself from his catholic upbringing and was deeply influenced by a profoundly racist Christian extremist group (Christian Identity).  There is speculation that their teachings were partly responsible for McVeigh's act.

I've read the arguments for and against putting a mosque close to Ground Zero.  If Christians were to erect a church near the federal building in Oklahoma City, would we think they were trespassing on "hallowed ground?"

I wonder.

Mary Mol
Manlius

I disagree with her assertion that McVeigh's bombing of the Murrah building was motivated by anything other than his hatred of the federal government, and his desire to seek revenge for the Waco Siege.  However, the point she raises is a good one.

IF the beliefs of a radical Christian Group were a chief motivator for McVeigh's actions, would ANYONE object to the opening of a Christian community center within two blocks of the Murrah building on April 19th, 2004?

No way in hell.

This issue shows that while we may have a black president, conservative white America has just found another group to hate.  It shows that a lack of understanding of Islam pervades, and Americans have little desire to change that fact.  It shows that the country as a whole won't let go of the assertion that the actions of the terrorists on 9/11 are representative of Islam as a whole.

That's just sad.

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