The biggest controversial news story fluttering across the media lines is the recent outrage about plans to allow Muslims a mosque only blocks away from Ground Zero.
Both President Obama and New York City Mayor Bloomberg are against the majority opinion and feel allowing this mosque to be built is backed by the First Amendment. Should this religious building be built near the tragic site where Muslim kamikazes disrupted the entire nation after killing thousands?
Republican and former Representative Rick Lazio is against Obama’s opinion and states, “This is not an issue of religion, but one of safety and security through transparency.”
This mosque could become a prime place for Muslim terrorists to pour their money and resources into for a future attack on America in the name of Allah.
Not only could this create an opening for more Muslim extremists, but is also a slap in the face to 9/11 victims. Thousands lost loved ones on that tragic day, and to construct a religious building to worship the same God that the 9/11 terrorists died for, is disrespectful.
Constitutionally, Muslims have every right to build a religious building near the 9/11 attacks. All those ancestors who made the pilgrimage over to America came to find religious freedom, and this nation was founded on religious freedom, but it was also founded on protestant principles.
Christians are tolerant toward Muslims, but some Muslims have no respect for Christians. Christians are already fighting against our own nation to uphold the Christian stronghold on America’s principles. This is just another one to throw at us as we stand up for our beliefs and God. Whether or not the mosque is built, this calls for a bigger mission field from Christians.
But Christians and all American citizens need to remember that not all Muslims are extremists, and some of those Muslims who are extremists were once children trying to find an education. Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea, a book every American should read, brings light into the subject , “I’ve learned that terror doesn’t happen because some group of people somewhere like Pakistan or Afghanistan simply decide to hate us. It happens because children aren’t being offered a bright enough future that they have a reason to choose life over death.”
Not all Muslims are terrorists and this mosque may or may not house the worship of religious extremists, but how can we know? If the building is going to be built, then it needs to be built elsewhere.