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Monday, August 23, 2010

The Mosque Debate

So you guys may have heard about the whole cafafa about building a mosque on the site of the 9/11 attacks.

In case you've been living under a rock for the last decade or so, here's the back story: Osama bin Laden, that crack head who likes sending threatening messages to America, Australia and the UK via telly, decided to blow up the World Trade Centre in America. The people who were behind the plot, as well as Osama bin Laden, happened to be Muslim.

Now, ten years on, they've decided to build a mosque on the site, for various reasons. Big debate.

I personally can see where both sides are coming from, but I do think one side in particular should get over it. I understand it might seem like mockery to all the people who died in the terrorist attacks, but seriously, guys. It's a mosque, a symbol of peace and serenity and spirituality and all these other cool things that I don't believe in. Muslims have the right to build mosques wherever they want. You don't see Native Americans walking up to the White House and asking for it to be pulled down because it's a symbol of white domination of their native land...at least if they did they wouldn't be taken very seriously. I'm just saying, that the Muslims are not building a shrine of praise to all the terrorists who blew up the buildings or canonizing Osama bin Laden, they just want to build a mosque. That's all. Not really the dirty, backstabbing situation you quite imagine.

I don't know. What do you think?


Blur Ting said...

While I completely agree with you, it's probably not the right place and time to build it here, given how sensitive the entire issue is to most Americans.

However, it's going to take a looooong time to convince Americans to accept having a mosque near WTC. Now they're saying President Obama is a muslim. Jeez, what's next?

Anonymous said...

But it is ten years on, and it's not even near (Aussie standards) to the place - two blocks away.

Anyway, they say that it's not a slur against Islam, but I think it is. They wouldn't object to a church or a temple being built there, so why are they objecting to a mosque? The problem when politics and religion get all tangled up is a lot of blood and a lot of misunderstanding.