Radical: You say that like it’s a bad thing.
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?
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.
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.
- 9/11 Protests Over Proposed Islamic Center (VIDEO REPORT) (huffingtonpost.com)