Ground Zero: Not So Hallowed


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Before you decide whether or not you support the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero (now known as the “Ground Zero Mosque), check out these photos by New Yorker Daryl Lang.

He says “Look at the photos. This neighborhood is not hallowed. The people who live and work here are not obsessed with 9/11. The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the city fabric. At this point the only argument against this project is fear, specifically fear of Muslims, and that’s a bigoted, cowardly and completely indefensible position.”

Source: The Daily What

8/20/2010 10:16:59 AM

I would like to compliment and thank Walt and Spencer for there very astute input. You two gentlemen are reason to believe there are voices of reason on the left. Bravo!

8/20/2010 7:26:19 AM

Bloomberg and the NY City Council got it right. Peter King and Gingrich didn't. King is a marginal player and Newt G is a publicity starved has-been. Both are aching for some media attention. As usual, Obama should have kept his mouth shut until he weighed ALL the implications of whatever he was going to say. (What moron is advising this guy!?) The everyday citizens on both sides of this "controversy" may feel justified by their passions and their arguments but both sides are wrong in their conclusions. It's not about whether or not we build the Cultural Center. It's about whether or not we are going to continue to bend to the will of terrorists. When Osama bin Laden's goats flew those planes into the WTC, the 2000+ who perished were not their intended victims. The rest of us were the "targets" of their terror As bin Laden admitted himself right after the attacks, the purpose was to tear at the fabric of our pluralistic democacy, to get American non-Muslims to persecute Muslim-Americans, to make Muslims feel "unwanted" in America. The focus of these terrorists is to alienate Muslims from the rest of the world, to make them feel they are alone and persecuted and therefore have only one another to depend on and only Holy War as their salvation. Why are we awarding bin Laden the victory here? This disharmony is excatly what he was hoping for. Our strongest weapon against them IS our democarcy and we defeat them by driving it at them as a united nation.

Spencer Sung Lim_3
8/19/2010 9:47:36 PM

The pictures do not justify the argument, but the last written statement does; saying it's simple bigotry to oppose the center. People will not be comfortable with its construction, which is a given. The truth is not the right wing politicians' statements; they are emotions - genuine or fabricated. It is precedence that the persecution of a religion ends with tension and blood shed. And within the past century, some of us have adopted civility and diplomacy among differences. Lets think about after it is built; the persecution Americans may give. Whatever happens; we should desire peaceful outcomes. I live in a county bordering another county that is home to a large white nationalist group. I'm Asian; facing discrimination on a daily basis - an aspiring journalist. We cannot go against our Constitution. Should we be guilty of discrimination? I go to church...

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