This entry is directed at those among my readers who’ve expressed their opposition to the placement of an Islamic center several blocks away from the site of the former World Trade Center. It’s been written by commenters here and elsewhere that putting a mosque/Islamic center so close to the site of the 9/11 attacks is an affront to all the victims of those attacks, but what I’d like to know is if those same folks would think that building a shopping mall on the actual site of the 9/11 attacks is disrespectful to all the victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
According to the website for the Freedom Tower which has been proposed for the site of the 9/11 attacks, the Freedom Tower will include retail space in the below-grade concourses:
The below-grade concourses will include approximately 55,000 square feet of retail space…
So there will be a shopping mall literally in the ground of Ground Zero, ground that’s no doubt mixed with the remains of those who perished on September 11, 2001. A mall….in the ground.
I’d like to hear one of the folks who was so opposed to the construction of an Islamic center/mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero tell me how building a shopping mall in the ground that may still contain the remains of those who died on September 11, 2001 is a fitting and appropriate way of honoring those who died.