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Radical: You say that like it’s a bad thing.

So every time I watch a clip about Park 51 Islamic Cultural Center (aka, the Ground Zero Mosque), I hear someone say Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a radical.

I’d like to point out a few things… first of all, it’s a community center, not a mosque. There’s a difference. Kinda like the 92nd St Y offers services to the entire community AS WELL AS a synagogue. I’m guessing a good many people who are up in arms about this community center don’t live near it and probably have never been to Ground Zero… don’t know who lives and/or works in the area or what that community needs now, nearly ten years later.

Second: American Muslims lost their lives on 9/11 too. Nost only did the American Islamic community experience loss, they’ve been subject to increased discrimination, racial profiling, and hate crimes. Do non-Muslim Americans think they corner the market on pain and suffering?

Third: Masjid Manhattan, the mosque (as in, MOSQUE, not community or cultural center) that has been four blocks away from Ground Zero since 1970. Why, might you ask? BECAUSE PEOPLE OF ISLAMIC FAITH HAVE LIVED AND WORKED IN THAT COMMUNITY FOR AS LONG AS THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WAS THERE, BEFORE IT WAS THERE, AND HAVE CONTINUED TO DO SO SINCE IT’S BEEN GONE.

Did you think all these “radicals” up and moved or got jobs near Ground Zero to rub salt in your wounds?

And finally:

Moses was radical.

Jesus Christ was radical.

The signers of our Declaration of Independence? RADICAL!

Abraham Lincoln was radical.

Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were radical.

Mary White Ovington & Jessie Daniel Ames were HELLA radical.

Martin Luther King Jr. was radical.

Mahatma Ghandi was radical.

Siddhārtha Gautama was radical.

Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama? Radical.

Stop saying it like it’s a bad thing… because every Freedom Fighter who ever fought for justice in this world was called a radical by their detractors. And if you don’t live in that community, butt out of it. If it’s not Obama’s business, what makes it yours?

via Ground Zero Mosque Imam Helped FBI With Counterterrorism Efforts.
  1. Becky
    August 18, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Amen, sistah You go tell it on that mountain. I am happy to be a radical wannabe. As in, I wanna continue to be more radical all the time. 🙂

  2. Eileen
    August 18, 2010 at 5:57 AM

    What is not said is that there are strip clubs and pawn shops etc. within blocks of ground zero as well. Why isn’t there a brouhaha about getting rid of the GROUND ZERO strip club? This is someone creating a problem where it doesn’t exist. Some radical. See it can be bad when it’s describing an asshole.

    • August 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM

      True, true, true… it just doesn’t HAVE to be a bad thing. I just wish that people would stop confusing American Muslims with Al Qaeda.

      • Ei
        August 23, 2010 at 6:20 AM

        You know when you answer a smart ass like they are serious it only empowers them…

  3. Melinda
    August 18, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Sing it! Reading radical commentary like this just makes me so proud ❤ 😀 ❤

  1. August 18, 2010 at 4:48 AM

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