By now, most people should know that the creation of the downtown mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero is an example of the separation of state and freedom of religion as guaranteed by the Constitution.
However, the wisdom of such a project is under daily review.
In support of the project, citing the firefighters and police officers on September 11th, Mayor Bloomberg noted: “In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to?’ ‘What beliefs do you hold?’”
How can this proposed mosque be an insult to the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 if 100 of the victims were of Arab/Muslim extraction? This was a terrorist faction attack and not a holy war by the Arab/Muslim world against the West and Christendom.
The mosque’s Imam Rauf is right when he says this resistance/pressure against the mosque will only fan the flames of extremism in the Muslim world against the U.S. and give credence to the terrorist message that Islam is under siege in the West.
This plays right into the terrorists’ hands.
Al Qaeda wants to expand their extremist attacks into a popular war between 1.2 billion Muslims and l.3 billion Christians worldwide like the great religious crusades of the 11th through the 13th centuries. This, despite, public opinion polls showing that most Muslims reject extremism.
It seems this opposition to the center is an example of the fallacy of generalization by misguided individuals, (and politicians for political gain), who would prefer no mosques any closer to New York City than in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.