I love it when people get all jacked up about a story before checking to see if they have their facts straight.
If you have been tracking with the news lately, you know that there are plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York, that the whole Republican establishment is all up in arms over this, and that a threat by a pastor down in Florida to burn copies of the Koran has been tied to this.
Okay. I believe that the idea of a mosque at Ground Zero is completely and totally inappropriate, especially considering that it is Muslims (granted, an extremist branch of Muslims, but still) who are responsible for there being a Ground Zero in the first place. And I would be completely and totally up in arms about this as well.
Except for one thing.
There is no Ground Zero mosque.
That’s right, people.
THERE IS NO GROUND ZERO MOSQUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the figure behind the project that people refer to as the Ground Zero Mosque, has been demonized as a radical with ties to extremist groups who is embarking upon this project to demonstrate the supremacy of Islam. In reality, he has been praised by both high-ranking Democrats and Republicans as a moderate and reasonable voice of Islam, and he has been quite critical of many aspects of Islam.
The project which Rauf has in mind is a thing called 45-51 Park Place, located about two blocks north of the northern edge of the sprawling World Trade Center campus, and roughly half a dozen city blocks from anything that can be called Ground Zero. It will be an Islamic community center, intended to make a statement against terrorism, housed in a building that was damaged on 9/11 that is already being used as an overflow site for the al-Farah mosque on Broadway, about twelve blocks north of the WTC campus.
Don’t believe me? Check out this report from the Associated Press.
Sarah Palin has referred to the area around Ground Zero as “hallowed ground”. Really? Check out this pictorial of stuff in New York that is the same distance (or less) from Ground Zero as the proposed “mosque”. Then see if you still agree with that assessment.
Come on, people. You know better than this. Get your facts straight before you go shooting off at the mouth.