By Ralph E. Stone & Judi Iranyi
August 23, 2010
Lost in the shuffle about the protests of building a cultural center near Ground Zero is that a number of Muslims died at the towers that day — not just the nut cases in the planes — and that nearly all Muslims adamantly opposed the actions and events that took place on 9/11, and denounced them strongly, saying the Islamic religion in no way condones it.
The controversy has been inaccurately dubbed the “Ground Zero mosque.” Actually, the building will function as an Islamic cultural center, not a mosque. It will include a prayer room, but not a single-purpose house of worship for Muslims. Furthermore, the cultural center will not be built at Ground Zero. It will be near Ground Zero.
“Eminent” politicians are jumping on the anti-mosque bandwagon. Sarah Palin called it a “stab in the heart of the 9/11 families.” Senators Johnny Isakson, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain called the cultural center “insensitive.” Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — the 9/11 saint — called it “offensive.” And New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio called Iman Feisal Abdul Fauf, the Iman behind building the cultural center, “a terrorist-sympathizing Imam.” And that right-wing spokesman, Rush Limbaugh, called the President “Iman-a-bama” for supporting the cultural center. Unfortunately no one remembers the stately speeches given by President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Rubens Bloomberg.
Racism and bigotry are alive and well in America.
Everyone is invited to the “International Burn a Koran Day” hosted by a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, scheduled for the the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Bring the whole family.
Makes one proud to be an American.