What's up with the kerfuffle regarding the plans to build on and expand a mosque about two blocks away from ground zero? Lest we forget, ground zero is the site of the 9/11 attack by crazed religiously inspired terrorists. From what I've been hearing and reading, there are voices both in opposition and in favor.
Here's my take on it...
Ground zero and the city of NY has been and remains the focal point of a misguided segment of Islamic religious extremist terrorists' hatred for our way of life. Since Muslim Americans have made the decision to build a large combination mosque and community center makes it clear, to me at least, that they stand with the citizens of New York City and the rest of this great country. It confirms that they stand in opposition to the twisted hatred that resulted in 9/11 and similar attacks.
Because they are knowingly placing themselves and their worshippers in the bull's eye of the focal point of that targeted hatred.
They are making a statement. They are saying that they believe so strongly in our way of life that they're even willing to become targets of a 9/11-like strike if, God forbid, it should ever happen again. They are willing to risk their own safety to show solidarity with their fellow neighbors regardless of what their religious beliefs may be.
I say welcome them with open arms as if they were our brothers and sisters.