Sunday, September 12, 2010
There is Something Very Wrong With the World
The big debate in the world right now seems to be concerning the construction of a Mosque within spitting distance of ground zero (of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City).
This is precisely the kind of debate that works me up the whole wrong way.
Wouldn't you think that to accept all races and religions is as perfect a response to terrorism that a modern multicultural society could muster? Okay, that may have been a clumsy sentence, but you know what I mean. Even if it was an Islamic radical sect that perpetuated such evil against America, wouldn't accepting that the majority of Islam couldn't conceive of such evil reflect America's tolerance of all difference?
To prove America's (QED the western world's) tolerance and acceptance of diversity, surely permitting the construction of an Islamic place of worship and community is the very mark of a society's maturity.
But I have a problem with this.
The attitudes of the people behind this development have me grinding my teeth.
In this life I suggest that we just get on and try to be the best damn Barney's we can be. If you want an Islamic Community Centre, good for you. But doesn't a rational mind concede that putting such a centre within coughing distance of one of this centuries greatest atrocities fill you with any kind of remorse? I don't think even KKK middle America would for a second suggest that the terrorism committed on 9/11 was due to ordinary Muslim American faith. But to suggest that what happened that day was immune to radical religious faithism is naive at best.
So to put this basically, because I don't want to waste time. . .
The glut of anti muslim crap emanating from the US is proof that we live in a world of intolerance and decisiveness. But the fact that there is a movement of Islamists that seek to impose their terms of worship upon a city that is still reeling from acts of despicable atrocity is testament to their insensitivity.
As much as New York should welcome a Mosque at ground zero, Muslim America should respect that to build a place of worship there is just, frankly, taking the piss.
This whole argument is very similar to the Israel situation. One day wiser heads are going to compromise and move forward to a better, more peaceful, world.