I don't see why everyone's getting worked over this. Yeah, okay, extremists caused the atrocities of 9/11. Extremists shouldn't even be acknowledged as religious - if a Catholic extremist went up north and killed a bunch of loyalists, I wouldn't stand up and say it was a Catholic thing to do. It's the same with everyone who wants to pray in that mosque. Nobody there approves of what happened on 9/11. No one there wants it to be built as a mark of triumph over the Americans/another religion.
There's just so many things wrong with disagreeing with the building of the mosque, it makes me wonder if the news sites I'm reading enjoy spreading propaganda or if Americans really are that ignorant. Let's examine some of what's been going down and what arguments surround it.
'It's being built on ground-zero.'
That's a lie. It's being built two blocks away from ground-zero. I wish I could have empathy and say, 'yeah, maybe this is a bit of an insensitive move,' if it wasn't for the fact that there's already a mosque just three blocks away from where the WTC stood. I can't tell if the people protesting against the mosque are doing so because they're unaware there's another one in existence right beside it - which would hopefully change their mind - or if they know it's there and they want that demolished too. Then there's the possibility that people have been mislead by news companies and they think it is being built on ground-zero. That makes those people think the American government has forsaken the waterfalls and walls with the names of all those who were killed during the terrorist attacks, for the sake of building a mosque. I'm sure that's gotta be the case in some educated cases and I would make it a priority (if I were in charge of what was going on) to clear up the misunderstanding.
'It's being built where the landing gear of United Airline Flight 175 was found.'
... so what? I don't get how that makes this any harder to process. Do Americans just get really sentimental when it comes to objects and places?
This was posted on another forum I lurk; thought I'd throw it in here for clarification:
'The land is privately owned.'
This means that a group of private businessmen are attempting to build the mosque. So people protesting against it can't really stop it unless it's actually violating a law. As far as I can tell, it's not violating any law of the USA. If its construction were to be halted, it would mean the American government is basically discriminating against Muslims because of the roles played by extremists. I don't know about you guys, but if I was an American and that was the message the country was sending out to people, I'd either challenge it or emigrate.
I've been talking to a lot of my online friends about this and they keep referencing Fox news and other corporations spreading bias lies. If everyone knows what they say isn't true, why do people still heed what they say? Not strictly relevant to the debate but still, I'm curious. What sort of person pays attention to these news broadcasters?
That's all I can really think of. Are you for/against the motion of building a mosque two blocks away from ground-zero? Why/why not? What do you agree with/disagree with when it comes to what I've stated? What are your thoughts on the matter?
AND SO ON.