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Fox News Headline: "NYC Panel Clears Way for Mosque Near Ground Zero"

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A New York City panel voted unanimously to reject landmark status for a building in downtown Manhattan.


What makes this newsworthy is that the decision is being reported as "...paving the way for its demolition — and for the construction of a 13-story, $100 million mosque and an Islamic community center." (

Based on a survey, Americans seem to be opposed to the decision, but they don't seem to understand what the decision was about.  The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission's consideration had nothing to do with what should or should not be built on the site.  It had to do with whether a particular building should be awarded landmark status because "it was struck by airplane debris during the [September 11, 2001] attacks" on the World Trade Center.

The commission voted 9-0 against granting landmark status. The commission made the correct decision.

According to the story, commissioner Christopher Moore noted that the debris struck a number of buildings in the area.

"One cannot designate hundreds of building on that criteria alone," Moore said.

When this story first began to boil, my first impression was that the mosque was being built ON the "Ground Zero" property.  It turns out it isn't.  It's two blocks from "Ground Zero"  So my question is 1) Who owns the property? and 2) Shouldn't the owners be allowed to build whatever they want there?

This is America, and we are supposed to be free.  We should be free to buy land and build on it.  But we're not.  We must have government approval.  In this case, the government has approved the building of the mosque, but the people haven't.  What a hypocritical society we live in.

Don't get me wrong - I understand that the people responsible for bringing down the World Trade Center were Muslim.  I don't condone what they did.  But I do believe America asked for it (the government, not the people).  And I don't believe all Muslims are evil.  Misguided, yes, but evil, no.  Not all of them.  On the other hand, I also don't condone those who turn a blind eye to their brothers and sisters who participate in terrorism.  Those Muslims are just as bad as the suicide bombers who actually commit the acts.  I understand it's a difficult decision - support your own family or support the "infidels".

So is our battle against Islam, or isn't it?  If it is, we are not supporting our own Constitution, specifically the First Amendement.  We are asking or expecting our government to prohibit the free exercise of an established religion.  If our battle is not against Islam, why would we (Americans) oppose the mosque?

Hypersensitivity?  Knee-jerk reaction?

Who owns the land?  In my opinion, the government and the people should step aside and let the owners build whatever they want, in whatever architectural style, using whatever color paint, for whatever purpose.  Unless the owners of that property participated in the criminal/terrorist acts that destroyed the World Trade Center, they should be left alone.  That's what we promised them when the First Amendment was written and the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791.

If opponents of the mosque feel so strongly, why don't they pool their resources and make an offer to buy the land?  That's the American way!


"If you can't say something nice, let's hear it!"   — Joan Rivers

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