Friday, July 9, 2010
Ground Zero is a sacred national site. Whether it has been so consecrated by any community board or legislature, it is the burial place of close to 3000 people. It should not be dominated by the house of worship of any faith. It is incredible audacity for any faith community to dominate the site of the 9/11 attacks. There should be no need to explain that to Muslims, who have been free to build houses of worship and propagate their faith in every other part of this city.
Every other faith group should be petitioning to build houses of worship on Ground Zero. There are hundreds of Christian denominations along with Hindus, Buddhists and Mormons. The same logic that Andrew Cuomo uses to defend the Muslim's right to build a mosque at the site of the World Trade Center bombing should apply to everyone else. Maybe when there are 800 religious denominations clamoring to build at Ground Zero, common sense will take hold and a non denominational common space will be created.
Muslims have more freedom to practice Islam in New York City than they do in their home countries. Shiites suffer discrimination in Saudi Arabia. There was a mosque bombing in Lahore that killed about a hundred people . Later there was an attack on a Sufi shrine that killed at least 35 people. In America, we differ bloodlessly about our respective theologies.
Any place of prayer at Ground Zero should be strictly non denominational. Andrew Cuomo or anyone else who is advocating the construction of a mosque at a national sacred site does not deserve the votes of New Yorkers. If Cuomo wants to preach to us about religious freedom, let him do so as a private citizen. Ground Zero is a sacred site belonging to the American people of whatever faith they may profess. No one faith should predominate. Sphere: Related Content