Saturday, September 11, 2010

REFLECTIONS AT GROUND ZERO


Re-building at Ground Zero




Today is a day to reflect upon and remember the innocent Americans murdered at the World Trade Center nine years ago. I am at Ground Zero looking down into the pit of devastation, two blocks from the site of the proposed Islamic Mosque and Cultural Center.




My views on building a mosque at Ground Zero are simple. American values include “Freedom of Religion”, but if you want to have reconciliation with Muslims, now is not the time and Ground Zero is not the place. The country is too polarized right now to accept a mosque at this scene of unspeakable tragedy.

It is insensitive to build the mosque in the shadows of Ground Zero, but Americans have to honor the Constitution. Freedom of Religion does not end two blocks from Ground Zero.

America is not at war with Islam, she is at war with the people that killed more than 2700 innocent people on September 11, 2001. I don’t believe that all Muslims are terrorists; I believe that this group of Muslims that brought down the towers was a group of terrorists.

The United States of America represents liberty and religious freedom, but Ground Zero is hallowed ground and should be respected.
The crowds gathering at 10:00 a.m.
This is what the center will look like at completion
Before
After

The 


Destruction



This is a beam found at the site in the shape of a cross.
The Cordoba House-the site for the mosque-the street was blocked off by police-51 Park Place


In the neighborhood

1 comment:

Dawit Habtamu said...

Dear Linda, I couldn't have said it any better! No, now is NOT the time and ground Zero the place! Period. Whatsoever happened to giving healing a chance?! Here's a perfect companion to this article: http://livingonourheads.com/ You have an excellent view that gives clarity. Thanks for writing and keep on doing this great work!