There has been extreme tension lately over the proposed building of a mosque two blocks away from the Ground Zero site. This announcement sparked a huge outcry from American citizens from around the United States and angered the families of the victims of 9/11. The other day I heard my parents discuss this popular debate and immediately I told them, they should just build the Islamic center bluntly. At that moment I was thinking that this is America and in the First Amendment it states that we have the right of freedom of religion. This Muslim community has every right possible to build this mosque anywhere they want as long as they have properly payed and signed paper works for that site, in which case this site has been approved. This was my stand for the day, really only to sound smart in front of my parents and to defy there semi-racism to Muslim culture.
After a couple of days, I started to rethink my statement. Every time I changed to CNN I always heard about the mosque and people angrily protesting in cities throughout the United States. I started to think more about this situation. The first thing I did was look at the history of radical Muslim terrorism and their religious beliefs and how such belief can alter the thinking of human beings to believe such things as mass murder is believed to be doing good to their religion. Second I started to think about my Muslim friends and culture. The Muslims friends that I have are so kind and very dedicated to their culture and religion, in which it brings there family and friends together that shows that these people are so down to earth. I am a big believer on the saying that people are always afraid of things that they don?t understand. These people are just like anybody else in the United States, going to work, likes to play video games, going to the gym, doing groceries, and playing sports. Third is that I started to look at the American point of view, thinking about the events of 9/11 and thinking how it would feel if I had a loved one lost on that awful day and how it would impact me if a mosque was build. Thus these are three things that altered my statement on the building of the mosque near ground zero.
As tough as the situation is, I believe that the mosque should not be built two blocks away from the ground zero site. The reason for this has to do with respect to Americans that had lost their lives and the family and citizens that are suffering traumatic effects from September 11; the day that had scenes of dismay and chaos in lower Manhattan, the day where husbands, wives, and children were searching for their loved ones and the day that claimed 2,976 people. Unfortunately on that same day photos and videos of radical Muslims were dancing on streets, and celebrating in inhumane nature to the events that had happen that day taking place in Muslim nations around the globe. It was that day radical Muslim believed they won a victory over the United States. By building a Mosque two blocks away from the site would not show a bridge of healing but more despair and reminder for those of September 11.
Should the Muslim community not build the mosque at all? My answer is no. The mosque should be built but relocated at least 10-20 blocks away from ground zero. They can do this by re-selling the land. The Muslim community should also have a representative to hold a public announcement about their intentions and talk to their ?neighbors? and American people. The Muslim community has been discriminated since September 11 and should band together and speak out to the American public. It is the Muslim society that should stand up and realize if the moral is just in building a Mosque two blocks from ground zero. This is where I stand on this debate and I know everyone has there own opinion. So as these events unfold in the next couple of days, I hope Muslim community makes the right choice and respect the wishes of those who has lost a love one and the victims that perished in 9/11.