Mosque Near World Trade Center (WTC)
Watch this video on two very opposed views regarding the planned construction of a Muslim mosque in the shadow of the World Trade Center. Is it wrong to locate a mosque on this sacred land? Is it disrespectful to the families of those lost on 9/11, murdered by men who did so in the name of their religion, crashing the hijacked aircraft into civilian towers while screaming "Allah Akbar?" How does it make you feel to hear that a mosque could be built within a stone's throw of those horrible ruins?
It seems that from a non-religious perspective, it is wrong to allow a mosque to be constructed near the WTC grounds. It would seem perfectly inappropriate from that perspective. However, from a religious perspective, is it right for us to penalize a faith for the actions of the misguided? That raises the broader question of whether Islam preaches extremism or not, whether jihad is a part of it or not. Who are the "infidels" after all, and what is to be done with them? Is this a God of love or of war? What fruit does he bear, or were those 21 men no different than the witch-hunters of Salem?
The video above discusses an agenda that has supposedly been strategically planned by the Muslim Brotherhood. Is this just another crazy conspiracy theory, or does it make sense? What about the Islamification of Europe, Canada and the US? Is that coincidence of economic opportunity or something more important? Can we look to France's class and ethnic unrest and point to the future of Europe and of the US? Is Europe being invaded from within, or is the ugly racism of Europe being exposed? Is this paranoia, the sort of which fed WWII? Or is there substance to it all?
Can we coexist or not? Are our ideologies beyond breach? Will there eventually be a broad war because of our differences, or will there be a broad peace because of our similarities? Or both? You may discuss all of these topics via the banner link below, but for starters I'm asking:
Is it okay for a mosque to be constructed in the shadow of the World Trade Center (WTC)?
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