Aug 17 2010

Remembering: Our Honor

To all the mosque supports, let me say now that you do not want to read any further. What I have to say will not please all people, especially not those supporting the mosque’s placement.

There are days I wake up in the middle of the night after having nightmares of that day. No one should have to be that way. I was fortunate enough not to have lost a loved one at the World Trade Center. I do know some who did. I don’t think I could look them in the eyes and tell them, ‘Muslims have the right to build an obnoxiously sized mosque near the WTC.’ Anyone who can stomach doing that? More power to them. My beef is not with the mosque. They want a place to worship then by all means go and get one. What I don’t like is their insistance upon building this large mosque near ground zero. Even after the Governor offered to give the Imam, free of charge, another location, he turned it down. This speaks VOLUMES to me. Why does it go unnoticed to others? I am not denying them the right. They have every right to pray and worship as they wish. This is the land of the free. But another principle we seem to put in the trash when “race” or “religion” is involved is respect. Where is this religions respect for what happened?

But you know what, what happened on 9/11 was no big deal. I mean, we’re all over it right? So what if some middle East terrorist group infiltrated the United States and flew two planes into the World Trade Centers, killing thousands. It’s almost 10 years now. If you’re not over it by now you should be! I mean, we should all be coming together and helping the Imam (who cannot bring himself to condemn Hamas) build this mosque. And let’s all ignore the fact that he wants the grand opening ceremony to take place on September 11th, 2011. It’s not like there is something more important we want to be remembering or anything on that day?

If you didn’t get that my last paragraph was sarcasm, if you didn’t get why this stupid mosque placement is SO wrong and the fact that they won’t budge, if you don’t get why giving up our freedom of peace for their freedom of religion is just not an option right now, then you just don’t get what this nation is supposed to be about. Tragic things happen every day and everywhere. We can’t make them go away. We also never forget and the healing process is every day. Forcing something like this down the throats of those who lost a husband, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a brother, a son, a friend, a co-worker, a fighter, a hero, is just wrong. It’s worse than a slap in the face. It’s a reminder that we don’t care what they lost. It’s a reminder that we don’t respect their feelings.

They can build that damn mosque any damn place they want. It’s a free country. The fact that they won’t means it is purposeful. It is malicious. It’s disgusting.

Oh, and for that dumb blog, if you haven’t seen it, it’s probably because it’s not all that damn popular but I’ll put a link to it here anyway cause it’s worth it’s 15 seconds of fame (http://daryllang.com/blog/4421). Take a quick glance at it and how “smart” it is to squash everyone who is against the mosque. Cause you know, we are the hypocrites. Yeah, we are. You know why? Because the same exact distance from where this mosque will be built in other locations around ground zero you will find the following things: a gentleman’s club, off-track betting, McDonald’s, Express BBQ, a Vitamin Shoppe, an Irish bar, Burger King, a Jewish Health bar, Dunkin Donuts, jewelry store, and street vendors. I think that covers all the pictures in the post. And you know what, whenever I see McDonald’s I can’t help but think of the Imam, and then I see that off-track betting place and I see the twin towers falling. Hell, every TIME I pass by a Dunkin Donuts all I see is the middle East and I fear for my life. It’s a wonder I can make it through the day!! Come on people!! What he HELL do those places being up around ground zero have to do with a mosque?! There is no comparison. There is a parallel that is undeniable. The mosque brings about fear. The mosque brings about doubt in the minds of too many for this to just be left alone and treated as a “rights” issue. We know they have the right to build it there. We know that.

And I know the politicians would rather not give their opinion on this issue. And it is an issue. The President says they have a right to build a mosque wherever he wants and now he’s got the media all over it. Where did he make that statement by the way? At a Ramadan(sp?) dinner. I’m so glad he finds the time to cater to that religion when we’ve got unemployment sky-rocketing out of control and the American spirit is crushed. Yes, it makes perfect sense to make friends with the Muslim faith at a time like this. Thank you Mr. President. But enough about the great man.

Where did the heart of America go? Did your heart not break when you heard what was happening that morning? Did your heart not break when you saw the images played over and over again of the twin towers being hit then collapsing? Did your heart not break when the number of those who died risking their lives were lost? Did we not come together immediately after the event? We were forever changed. We cared for each other whether it was a stranger or wasn’t. What happened to the compassion? Maybe we really did forget? Maybe we really don’t care about what we went through that day? Maybe it is better to forgo our right to peace and honor…

…maybe America just isn’t what I thought it was anymore…