A question for the opponents of the mosque near Ground Zero

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.


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11 thoughts on “A question for the opponents of the mosque near Ground Zero

  1. It’s perfectly okay because Shopping is sacred, it’s the American way. Our nation is founded upon the principles of unbridled greed and orgiastic commerce. The presence of money performs the same functions as rare spices and frankincense and myrrh did in the olden times – Money, as everyone knows, purifies.
    The MALL is the modern Temple, no ground is more hallowed. So it is PERFECTLY okay to have a mall underground, you could have a Mall at Arlington, or Auschwitz or Buchenwald – You not only CAN, you SHOULD. The very bricks of these malls can even be mixed with the dust of the dead – as long as no headscarves are sold, no little Koran verse necklaces or anything like that, and no one named Hussein better go there. That would be desecration. Muslim money is dirty and used for terror only. Muslim people should be turned into green crackers to ease world hunger. But not so that WE would eat them of course, maybe farm animals.

  2. It was a commercial center before, and it should be one now, while still honoring the lost lives.

    If you can’t see how some Islamic extremists might see a mosque on or near that ground as a victory, then I don’t know what to say. What do you make of Mayor Bloomberg wanting to discuss options with the Imam and he totally blows off the mayor. Seems like he might not be so much about coming together in peace as he claims to be.

  3. A question for proponents of the mosque:

    Do you understand the difference between “can’t” and “shouldn’t?”

    Because the way you’re framing the debate seems to show a very poor comprehension of the words. It’s either that or you’re being dishonest.

    1. Yeah if there were some issue about a christian church, no matter what there would be some libs on here going off topic about how the church was anti-gay or anti-woman or something. Wonder where their inane comments are on this one.

  4. forgot, can you cite one example of opposition to building a Christian church for the reasons you cite?

    I didn’t think so.

    1. That wasn’t my point. My point was that the ones who are quick to criticize elements of christianity as being anti this or anti that, don’t say a peep against Islam for the same reasons.

  5. I’m mad that people can’t seem to understand the difference between Muslims and “Islamofascists” as Bush liked to call them. The latter, who are trying to kill our soldiers abroad, are probably not paying attention to this stupid little scuffle here in the States…other than maybe marveling over the insignificant things we get ourselves worked up over.

    1. I understand the difference, but it seems mainstream Muslims have done little to nothing to denounce Islamofascism. The imam in question doesn’t even seem to be willing to discuss options within his community. Also, you don’t think the Islamofascists would see a shiny new mosque as a victory monument to what they did on 9/11? If you say no, I say look at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

  6. When we make such a big fuss about this mosque, we are letting the terrorists win. The moment we start advocating compromising our constitution, the foundation of our country, because of something they did, we’re allowing them power over us.

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