the musings and rants of an irish anglican priest
I am of the view that the families of the of the dead, and the survivors should be allowed the final decision on this .
This is bigger than just the survivors. It is a basic principle of freedom and the challenging of the concept of the "Evil Empire of Islam".Anne's post is very balanced but I don't believe it is too soon. This myth needs to be challenged. Look at the damage it is doing in shaping the USA psyche and justifying pre-emptive attacks on Islamic countries. There are lots of things wrong with Iran, for example, but phyching up the USA population to bomb them is not going to help efforts to achieve world peace.Reverse crusades are only playing into the hands of warmongers, foremost among which are USA and Israel.Shalom? Salem?
Shouldn't we at least pay lip service to the fact that the decision is not one in which the entire world has decision-making power? The matter is the business of the NYC Department of City Planning, and the opinions that carry weight are those of the folks who live in the zone where the building is located.I'm no legal expert, but do not I believe that the First Amendment to the US Constitution applies here. The 1st Amendment "prohibits the making of any law "respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances." What does building a cultural center have to do with the 1st amendment?Much ado about nothing, IMHO. Is an abandoned building a better choice than the cultural center?
Do you seriously believe that a Catholic or Protestant Church would be allowed in Mecca? Moslems are great to demand their rights in the west. Unfortunately they themselves do not extend those rights to Christians in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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