Take This Map, It's Why You're Wrong About the "Ground Zero Mosque"

Article in the Village Voice

Dear Rest-of-America: Take This Map, It's Why You're Wrong About the "Ground Zero Mosque"
According to a recent Siena Research Institute poll, over half of New Yorkers polled think that the "Ground Zero Mosque" will promote racial and religious tolerance, or are open to the idea of it. Yet: 68% of Americans oppose it, despite the endorsements of New York City's mayor and the President of the United States of America. But that's not why you're wrong, America. This, however, is. 
What's more offensive: Having a....
* "Ground Zero Burger King."
* Memorial that's never happened because of hyper-capitalist conflicts.
* Bunch of tacky souvenir tables.
* Bunch of tacky souvenir tables that profit off of cheap, China-made 9-11 memorabilia.
* Bunch of tacky souvenir tables that profit off of cheap, China-made 9-11 memorabilia when they're not selling fake Rolexes to the same Americans coming to New York, buying from them, going home, and telling New Yorkers where to put our Mosques.

or an Islamic Cultural Center with a 9/11 Memorial (more than what's actually been put to paper for an official 9/11 Memorial) two and a half blocks away?

Reminder: Muslims were victims of 9/11, too. Sorry, but it's true. And one was an NYPD cadet.

Maybe we'll care what you have to say when you stop bothering us for directions in the subway on how to get to Ground Zero so you can go there and buy some dumb, tacky knickknack you can take home and give to friends to let them know that you spent money on a shake-a-snow where a few thousand people died. Maybe then. But probably not. Shut up, go away, and also, stop lying, or at least tell your politicians to stop lying. It might help you recognize the truth, which is that you're wrong, and you're attacking vital American freedoms by going against this Mosque. The truth is that you're terrorists in your own right. You are striking against America by going against this mosque. You are, in effect, almost as bad as the ones who killed people on 9/11. Okay, not quite, not really, but kind of, because you're fighting against what 9/11 victims died for: religious freedom, which said terrorists don't have and don't want anyone else to have.

But now you have a map to see how wrong you are, okay? Now: Fuck you. Fuck you and shut up, you assholes. Shut up and leave New York alone.
Here's something else. Ron Paul says MYOB
It is repeatedly said that 64% of the people, after listening to the political demagogues, don't want the mosque to be built. What would we do if 75% of the people insist that no more Catholic churches be built in New York City? The point being is that majorities can become oppressors of minority rights as well as individual dictators. Statistics of support are irrelevant when it comes to the purpose of government in a free society -- protecting liberty.

The outcry over the building of the mosque, near ground zero, implies that Islam alone was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to those who are condemning the building of the mosque, the nineteen suicide terrorists on 9/11 spoke for all Muslims. This is like blaming all Christians for the wars of aggression and occupation because some Christians supported the neo-conservatives' aggressive wars.

The House Speaker is now treading on a slippery slope by demanding an investigation -- a bold rejection of property rights, 1st Amendment rights, and the Rule of Law -- in order to look tough against Islam.

This is all about hate and Islamaphobia.
I've personally been a member of http://www.twintowersalliance.com/ since it was founded. I've never understood why we would be expected to set aside a huge section of the most expensive real estate in the world, just for the purpose of remembering the tragedy. Wouldn't the largest building complex in the world be a fitting memorial, and a statement to the terrorists that we don't give a damn about what they want?

If you lost somebody close to you on 9-11, my heart goes out to you. That's a permanent hole in your life that you'll always be aware of. May you find some way to be at peace with yourself, and others, concerning the events of that day.

If you didn't loose somebody, if all you have to deal with is the shock of being attacked by people we provoked for several years before they thought to strike us on our own soil; to you losers I say: It's been 9 years. Get over it already.

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