I don't have an issue with a mosque being built two blocks from site of the WTC.
The people who attacked the United States on 9/11 did so as an act of hatred. Religion was and still is nothing more than a means for justification, period. Just as the people who attacked the United States on 5/19 (Oklahoma City bombing) did so as an act of hatred.
What's the difference between the 11 hijackers and the two people who perpetrated terrorist attacks on this country? Nothing.
Both groups of people took their hatred of the American government out on innocent people. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sihk, it didn't matter to them, their goal was to punish the United States and therefore it's people.
So I ask this question... Would people have an issue building a church two blocks away from the site of the Alfred P. Murrah building? I bet not. I don't even think it would make it into the papers
As American's we seem to have a collective blind spot when it comes to the aftermath of 9/11.
While 9/11 was a tragedy for the United States, it was a unmitigated catastrophe for the followers of Islam. Since 9/11 more than 1 million Iraqi's have died. For every person who died on 9/11, 447+ people have died and that's just in Iraq, that doesn't include Afghanistan. Our use of deleted uranium munitions has ensured that parts of Iraq will continue to have cancer and birth defeats rates higher than anywhere else in the world, thus multiplying the tragedy.
Keep in mind that none of the hijackers were from either Iraq or Afghanistan.
Only a few of the masterminds of 9/11 have ever been caught and we've never been able to get our hands on Osama Bin Laden, despite spending trillions of dollars.
I'd also like to address the absurd analogies that people have been making.
Comparing 9/11 to The Holocaust is insulting to the Jewish people and the memory of the Holocost. 9/11 was an single act of terrorism that cost the lives of 2,985 people. As for the number of jews killed the scope was so large that people can only estimate it was ~5.59 to 5.86 million. At Auschwitz-Birkenau alone ~1,400,000 jews died. If my memory serves me correctly Germany was one of the proponents for the creation of Israel.
The other comparison I hear all the time is "What if the Japanese wanted to build a shire near Pearl Harbor!?!" Actually, the Japanese have built a Shinto shire near Pearl Harbor. People would do well to stop parroting Rush Limbaugh, he is an idiot.
What I don't understand is this. IF the world trade center is hollowed ground then shouldn't be treated as a cemetery? Why are we going to build some new building there? We should cover the whole thing with a granite capstone and make a memorial out of it. Tear down every building in a three block radius and turn the whole thing into a park that's managed by the national parks service.