Planners for a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City passed what appears to be the final hurdle to eventually construct it. Mayor Mike Bloomberg happens to be an adamant defender of the project and has been outspoken in support of the project. Bloomberg has gone on record to claim that there were Muslims that died that day with New Yorkers and Americans. The problem is not the Islamic factor, but the religious factor.
Why is the uproar pointed towards the Muslim religion, when it should be pointed towards religion in general? There were no religious buildings located at the site where the World Trade Centers were decimated. There have been so many suggestions on what to do with the site, yet the final result is a religious building which will certainly not represent all of the people who lost their lives on that fateful day. I suggest we disregard any thought of religion in this matter and look for something that would be much representative of all people, whether they were Islamic, Christian, or non-religious.
Look at some of the most tragic occasions throughout history. There was no religious icon on the site of Pearl Harbor. There was no religious icon in Halifax, Canada, which in 1917 is the site when a cargo ship exploded and killed more than 2000 people. There was no religious icon in The Philippines, which in 1987 is the site when a passenger ferry crashed into an oil tanker resulting in more than 4000 killed. There was no religious icon for either the Space Shuttles Challenger or Columbia. There was no religious icon for Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945 and killed more than 140,000 people. So why does Ground Zero have to be different?
I propose one of two options which would hopefully appeal to ALL people. Option #1 would be to construct a park with a non-religious ceremonial icon to recognize the people who lost their lives during the events of 9/11. A large wall with all of the names engraved surrounding a fountain similar to the Vietnam or World War 2 memorial comes to mind. Option #2 would be to just build more business buildings to replace the World Trade Center buildings. What a way to tell the terrorists where to go but to just go ahead and rebuild what we had and then continue on with our lives as if what their evil deeds did not affect us one bit. A perfect example of American resilience and determination to overcome adversity. Put a non-religious ceremonial icon near the new buildings to remember those who lost their lives during that tragic day.
Let’s leave the religion somewhere else and properly represent all diversity, instead of only acknowledging a small portion like we would be doing by constructing this mosque. Even though Ground Zero is in New York City, this has a serious impact on all people of this nation. If this occurs in New York City, than it will be seen as the proper course of action for Jacksonville.
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