I am flabbergasted and furious over recent reactions to US citizens invoking their first amendment rights to practice the religion of their choice. Ignorance is prevalent in our society, it always has been but apparently so is short term memory loss. Let's go over a few facts. A.) Islam is not a terrorist organization, it is a nonviolent religion. Are they fascists Muslims who commit horrible acts in the name of Islam, yes. Does that make all Muslims terrorists-NO!!!!
B.)Need I remind the world of the many other examples of religious violence. Consider, Eric Rudolph who set off a bomb in Atlanta during the Olympics in the name of Christianity. And mind you that is a very minor example of Christian violence. My goal is not to disparage Christianity my point is simply fascist, extremists, unhealthy people perform horrible, violent acts in the name of religion. Its not a Muslim thing. It sadly is part of EVERY religion's past and present.
Think about how we create student violence- we ignore, hate, abuse and beat on kids to the point where they feel like they have no other response but to explode and take that hatred out other people. So, how do we fight terrorism and violence in the US and across the world? Not by spreading HATRED. We stop it by learning about Islam, by helping in Pakistan , a Muslim nation that has experienced more loss and destruction than Haiti, the recent Tsunami and the earlier Pakistan Earthquake combined.
Personally, I can not think of a better building to be put near Ground Zero than a Mosque. A way to show the international community that our country believes in freedom for ALL non-violent beliefs and religions.
I ask everyone, Christians, Jews, Atheists, Religious Leaders, Congress Men and Women to consider the history of our World and country and remember hatred is easy, compassion and an open-mind is hard but worthwhile. (P.S. to our political leaders: you're pathetic attempt at gaining votes by encouraging hatred/discrimination is despicable. Democrat or Republican if you have openly come out against the Mosque in NYC to earn votes, you should be thrown off the Hill on your asses).