Posted by: Stephan Muller | September 10, 2010

Never a Dull Day

Florida pastor says he is rethinking canceled Quran burning – CNN
What is your view on the controversy of building an Islamic center near New York’s Ground Zero?
I completely understand that those affected by the 9/11 tragedy are rejecting the idea of this center. However, I find that other New Yorkers, its figures of authority, and the rest of America, must accept that this event might actually take place. Accept it not only out of respect for the religion of their fellow human beings, but also for the sake of satisfying those in the Middle Eastern countries who see the rejection of this idea as an act of ignorance. Think broader than regarding a terrorist attack as a representation of an entire religion. Stop generalizing and realize that America is a free country, and Americans are now contradicting that notion. Most certainly, feelings of fear are present, but fear that should not be related to what occured 9 years ago. Building this center should be seen as a step in the right direction. Instead, it attracts people such as the pastor from Florida who takes it as far as saying that he might burn the (holy) Quran. This is on the other hand, IS a sign of significant disrespect and ignorance. Attached below is a link to CNN’s website titled: “Vatican: Quaran burning ‘outrageous’ ” – directly related to this post. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/09/08/florida.quran.reaction/?iref=obinsite#fbid=7Xalbt2Mq2o&wom=false

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Responses

  1. If we wanted to build a church in Saudi Arabia, or choose a site to build one in the UAE – we would not be allowed.
    9/11 was horrific – I really believe that moderate Muslims should rethink the decision of building that centre by Ground Zero – if for nothing, at least not to cause more HATE that I believe we have enough of. Show respect for those who lost their lives and build your mosque further off.


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