Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque 

I think the Constitution gives the folks who want to build the mosque a block from Ground Zero the right to do so, subject to the same local zoning and other restrictions that would apply to other houses of worship.

I think that to actually build the mosque would be a perpetual irritation to the majority of people in the US, who believe that to build it there is inappropriate and an affront to those who died in the 9/11 attacks. Instead of bridging the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims in the US, it would widen and deepen the gap, and would be a detriment to harmony between Muslims and non-Muslims in this country. Most people on both sides of the issue would (correctly, in my view) immediately or eventually see the facility as a victory monument to the Islamist "martyrs" who carried out the attack.

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

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