Skip to main content

Ground Zero Mosque Debate Needs Alternative Solution

DP 9-11 Mosque Debate There is no question, that the day of September 11th will forever be a noteworthy day on the calendar. The phrase, “the day that changed our world forever” best describes all that surrounds the 9/11. So, as we take a moment to remember those that we lost on that ill-fated day nine years ago, we are also engulfed with the sensitivity issue around the future of ground zero. Yes, I’m referring to the controversial mosque that is slated to be built near ground zero.

With the debate growing day by day, so is the intensity and backlash as both sides are not content on compromising. The tension has risen to such a point that there is a growing sentiment of dislike, which is now entering discrimination.

The political (and legal) response from New York City Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama is that Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf and his proposal to build a mosque is acceptable. And quite frankly, it is. Adbudl Rauf has every right to build or transform any real estate or property he owns into a house of worship, not to mention, the freedom to practice any religion. Our Constitution protects and offers that ability and right.

However, while I understand Abdul Rauf’s legal right to freedom of religion, I agree that there is a certain height of sensitivity that is now September 11th and the area around ground zero. A grand mosque on the site is hurtful to families and victims of the tragedy. Some will go as far as saying that the mosque also causes a suspicious caution with fear that the Mosque will be a “celebration” for radical Muslims, as well as a center for radical recruitment. And to be honest, I can’t quite completely dismiss that idea.

However, when it comes to  going as far as Reverend Terry Jones from Florida and his "proposal” of having a pow wow of burning Qurans – give me a break. Reverend Jones has no other agenda, divine-like or political, other than his own.

So what is the best solution to this conflict?

If the Mosque is built, there will be a revolt towards Muslims and further discrimination against people of middle eastern descent.

If the Mosque is not built, Abdul-Rauf stated the following in an interview:

"My major concern with moving it is that the headline in the Muslim world will be Islam is under attack in America, this will strengthen the radicals in the Muslim world, help their recruitment, this will put our people — our soldiers, our troops, our embassies, our citizens — under attack in the Muslim world and we have expanded and given and fueled terrorism

Damned if you, damned if you don’t.

However, the least damaging conclusion to this situation might be the craziest option of them all – selling the property to Donald Trump. Trump offered Abdul-Rauf and his team of investors $6 million for the property, which is the price they paid for the property plus an additional 25%.

Trump admitted that purchasing the property is not a good business decision. Nonetheless, like everyone, he sees a potential explosion of human relations boiling. Trump stated:

"I don't even want this piece of real estate, but it would a way of solving a problem. Because it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse."

Unfortunately, there has yet to be any type of interest from Adbul-Rauf and other principal investors.

Moving forward this situation has to be resolved. What started out as an issue of sensitivity and human concern versus legality and democracy, has now turned into one filled with anger, discrimination, and xenophobia. It is an issue that is ready to spill over. One that should be closely monitored moving forward. And most importantly, like Trump, one that needs an alternative solution.

Recently Read Posts

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Predictions and Wild Guesses for the 2021-22 NBA Season

For the first time in as long as I can remember, my New York Knicks have become a bit of a sanctuary for my sports fandom. Everything that has been the New York Yankees summer, and recent elimination, just begs for a proverbial turning of the page. The NBA season is that new chapter.  The Knicks season is a bit of a conundrum, as they've gotten much better, BUT, so did the rest of the Eastern Conference. I'm feeling confident, but I'm also anxious for more good basketball and hoping that last year wasn't some fluky gift to us Knicks for our patience prior to last season.  Whatevs...nonetheless, here are my predictions for the upcoming NBA season.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/24/21

3 Up 1. Science and Research - Look, I'm not trying to get into any debates or start trouble with this selection. I'm just giving props to the men and women who continue to develop these vaccines - and now approved booster shots - that help fight off this terrible virus that has plagued over the past 18 months. Some countries still don't have an option when it comes to vaccines - we're onto booster shots, and can "choose". Perspective and privilege are needed sometimes.  2. Col. Wang Yaping - Give it up to Yaping who in six weeks will become the first Chinese woman to walk in space. OF course, she is receiving tons of backlash from the media - but hey, did we expect anything else? 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 10/10/21

3 Up 1. Moderna Vaccine to Low Income Nations - In a world where the idea of "pandemic" now feels like a state of mind or the privilege of belief, Moderna has decided to aim its efforts in getting at least 1 billion doses to low-income countries the COVID vaccine. I'll save the "vaccine" chat for another time - but this is pretty awesome by Moderna. And oh yeah, highly needed.  2. Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi - Two absolute legends of the WNBA had some legacy-cementing moments this week. Parker lead her hometown Chicago Sky into the WNBA finals, and Taurasi, was named the GOAT of the WNBA by fans. Because well, she is. Congrats to both.  3. Netlfix's On My Block - For the second week in a row I'm putting a personal - and admittedly, biased - selection in the "Up" section. One of my favorite shows by Netflix, On My Block , released its fourth and final season, and yes, I binged it on my daily commute home. Gonna miss the crew from Freeridge.