Saturday, September 11, 2010

Build it

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I finish off this September 11th, 2010 with my thoughts not only with the families of the victims of the 9/11/2001 tragedy, but also with the hope that people don’t let the aggressors of this heinous act get what they want most, a division of the American people. 

Of course you should let Feisal Abdul Rauf build the Park 51 Muslim Community Center near Ground Zero.  In fact, you should be out in the streets waiving copies of the Constitution in front of the location in support of the project because in the grand scope of the tragedy, this project is why the American Democratic Experiment has been a success.  This project is a clear indication to the rest of the world that the United States is a nation that does not sacrifice its core believes after an attack on one of its beautiful cities.  While I hurt inside thinking about the pain of those that lost loved ones nine years ago, I hurt worse watching so many people engage in a verbal protest against not only an entire religion, but the United States Constitution. 

It’s legal, but it’s wrong.  Therefore it should not be built.”

I’ve heard this over and over by people that seem to be harboring an ignorant Islamophobe within a weak shroud of patriotism.  Feisal Abdul Rauf is what’s right about America.  He wrote a book, What’s right with Islam is What’s right with America, in which he writes that the United States actually best represents Islam’s true values.  Rauf publically condemns terrorist acts, and many academics rave about his noble goals of connecting the West with Islam in communication and understanding.  Fareed Zakaria recently said that al Qaeda has it out for Imam Rauf, and added,

  …if al Qaeda wants to blow up people like him, isn't that a pretty good indication of where he stands in the world of Islam?  

I don’t know about you, but Feisal Abdul Rauf sounds like an American.

This day of remembrance and respect has ended up a media circus.  It doesn’t have to continue to be.  Blaming Islam for the Twin Towers is the same as blaming Christianity for Terry Jones or Timothy McVeigh.  Continuing to act in a manner that is contrary to the U.S. Constitution gives more power to a man holed up in some back room in Pakistan than the citizens that the document names in the first line, We the People. 

So do what’s really right and don’t give Terry Jones the time of day.  Fine, he burns the Koran.  In this country he is exercising his constitutional rights for 15 minutes of fame while we exercise our right to ignore his idiocy.  Then go to Ground Zero and hug someone that was involved in September 11, 2001.  Hug an atheist, a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, it doesn’t matter.  Give them a hug and be there for them.  Then go over to the Park 51 and say “Let’s get this thing built”.  Then go back to Ground Zero and insist, with every fiber of your soul, ‘LET’S GET THIS THING REBUILT!” 

And then let’s get back to working on the great democratic experiment that is the United States of America.  

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