I know, I know…two blogs in one day. But, I have been thinking about this topic over the past several weeks. Most of the time, I preferred to keep my thoughts to myself. However, the latest wrinkle, which includes some fire starter reverend from Florida, made me walk over to my computer and start typing something about the topic of the mosque building near Ground Zero in New York.
I am struck with a profound sense of misplaced anger. I am less concerned with the intentions of the mosque developers and much more concerned with the elected New York City officials who APPROVED the plan. I hold those people accountable for this situation, not the mosque developers. This entire situation proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the American system works, after all, the developers merely complied with the New York City zoning process and received approval. While I certainly do not support the building of the mosque, I do support the American system which allows anybody who follows the rules to follow their dreams. Isn’t that the American dream? I personally would love to have a town hall meeting with the elected New York City officials who approved the plan to begin with, I bet we all have a few questions for them.
The rub comes in an emotional container.
For obvious reasons, people don’t want a constant reminder of who caused 9/11 to begin with. The muslims claim they are peaceful people and mean no harm, but yet they have no issue burning our American flag, killing Americans like they were flies on a wall, and sending terrorists with bombs to overtake large aircrafts and ram them into heavily populated buildings in one of the most heavily populated areas in the nation.
They are peaceful people.
So, now we have a reverend in Florida who wants to burn the Koran on 9/11 to show these muslim extremists that we will not stand down to their ways of fear. Up until today, he had planned on burning a big pile of Koran books for all the world to see, but it took the President of the United States and Secretary of Defense Gates to call upon the Reverend to stop this act of anger. Going forward would only make things worse for our American troops overseas and would probably cause more harm than good.
We backed down because we didn’t want to anger Muslims. Excuse me……do you see any Muslims backing down with their terrorist threats? No. Why? Because we are being taught to fear them, that’s why. This will become a society ruled by fear of terrorism.
We’ve seen bibles, torahs and other holy documents burned and shredded without some vengeful act of violance. But, yet the mere thought of burning the Koran will result in deaths to Americans around the world.
There is a fine line between tolerance and terrorism. Clearly, you can see which side of the line this goes down.
As far as Donald Trump’s offer to pay 25% more than what the muslims paid for on that mosque property, the muslims don’t care. This is not about money – this is about religious principle to them. The mileage they’ve received so far on this topic far outweighs any financial cost to them, and they won’t back down. They are using our rights and freedoms against us. And, we allow it because that is one of the founding principles of the constitution.
We have no further to look than the elected officials in New York City who sat in building hearings, read zoning laws and building permits and approved the mosque to be built.
We went thru the same process to build a patio that these same guys went thru to build a mosque. The only thing different is, I believe, our elected officials scrutinized our building of a patio, down to discussing the size and color of the brick, compared to those who approved the building of a mosque less than three blocks from Ground Zero.
It’s a shame that it’s come to this, but you have to look at our own elected officials for allowing this to happen and make sure they are accountable by not re-electing them.