Oppose The Mosque

As a New Yorker, I was devastated by the events of September 11th, 2001. I lost plenty of friends and family, and have buried more even since.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf intends on opening a mosque or Muslim centre roughly two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center collapse in Manhattan, in a historic building which used to contain a retail shop selling popular outerwear. There are many who believe that due to the sense of loss and grief felt by many families involved in the September 11th tragedy, opening a mosque within spitting distance of Ground Zero is antagonistic and insensitive. For many, a mosque would be a constant reminder of the injustice perpetuated against some American people by those who claim Islam as a religion.

As a New Yorker, my wounds from the attack are still healing. But as an American, my belief in the principle of equality for all actually supercedes my pain. So to be fair and balanced, I’d like to propose equality in religion as a compromise in this situation. There is still time to extend fairness to other religious organizations in this sensitive time.

While possibly not as far reaching in quantity of people affected as the September 11th attacks were, many men of God in the Catholic Church perpetuated countless incidents of rape and molestation of prepubescent boys over the course of the last 20-30 years. For countless families whose loved ones fell victim to rape and sodomy by Church elders, a Catholic Church building is a constant reminder of the injustices perpetuated against many American people by those who claim Christianity as a religion.

To uphold equality in religion and fair treatment for all, the same sensitivity desired by the families of the victims of the World Trade Center attacks should be granted to those families of the victims of child rape at the hands of the Catholic Church.

While the Imam should strongly consider relocating the site of his proposed mosque or Muslim cultural centre, the Catholic Church should strongly consider shutting down or relocating historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral as well as putting any new Church building construction in the United States under immediate review. We encourage the Catholic Church to consider self-imposing internal ordinances that prohibit the locating of Church buildings inside a two to three mile radius of elementary schools or youth centres, or even youth oriented businesses such as pizza parlors using cartoon characters as mascots. Such houses of worship in close proximity to areas fostering development of our Nation’s children would not only prove dangerous, but also serve as constant symbols of rape and molestation to affected families from coast to coast.

We hope that all involved will begin to self-police with actions such as these recommended, so that perhaps the wounds of these countless victims may begin to heal after exposure to such horrible travesties.

We will gladly respond to further ideas or encouragements, please direct correspondence to opposethemosque@gmail.com.

Thank you, and many blessings.

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