Thursday, August 19, 2010

Muslims, Mosques and Fear: Part Two

I really would like to believe that the only reason that critics of the plan to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero are critical of it is because of the insensitivity to 9/11 survivors. But the realist in me thinks that the main reason is that no one wants a mosque in their neighborhood. A quick search of the internet shows that this is most likely the case more often than we would like to admit. You can find people protesting mosques being built in many cities a long way from 'Ground Zero':

12 comments:

Murf said...

Nice research, Ed. Someday they should update their call to prayer and just do it via text.

Ed said...

Murf - Actually it took all of ten minutes and the phrase "mosque built in neighborhood" typed into Google to produce all those links. As I linked them into a blog post, some of them I remember hearing on the national news before all this recent stuff broke loose.

sage said...

although I know of neighborhoods that have fought having churches there, too. ALong with Walmarts, the church of choice for many Americans (I had to throw that one in for you... can you believe that people actually go to Walmart on Sunday mornings?)

Eutychus2 said...

Ed............ I guess our large population of Muslims in the eastern part of our state has kept Michigan off your list!

TC said...

I'm far behind in my reading, but I wanted to pop over and wish you happy birthday after reading your comment on Bone's blog.

Hope Little Abbey and the Mrs have spoiled you! :)

Ron said...

It seems like a NIMBY epidemic nowadays... far easier to give lip-service to freedom for all than to actually allow such beliefs to inconvenience oneself now and then.

Ron

Ed said...

Sage - The nice thing about the church of Walmart is that you don't have to put on your Sunday finest to attend.

Eutychus2 - There was one link to Michigan but perhaps that wasn't in eastern Michigan. Like I said earlier to Murf, I spent all of ten minutes skimming those links. I'm sure if one could put in some more effort, they could find a hundred such articles if not more.

TC - Thanks. It has been a quiet birthday but that is how I like it especially after increasing 2.78% in age overnight.

Ron - Amen!

Murf said...

Sage - Some of us look at Walmart as the 'opening act' for church itself. :-)

Ed - Just an FYI - Saginaw is in the middle of the state but I do know of a local elementary school that was closed and an Islamic group was looking to buy it. There was a bit of a stink but their financing never went through.

R. Sherman said...

The Bevo mosque is for the Bosnians and the reaction you cite, was rather muted. The vast majority of St. Louisans didn't care. In fact, they're happy the Bosnians have moved to the south side, because they've revitalized a rather moribund area of the city.

Cheers.

Ed said...

R. Sherman - I would guess that the same (the majority of people don't care) could be said for the New York mosque. I think it is only an issue because of two things, Obama's speech and a small but very vocal group of people at the very right of the political spectrum. Well, let me rephrase that and give a third reason and this goes back to my primary point all along. People are afraid of things they know nothing about and in this case, people are afraid of everyone who is a Muslim. Perhaps because I know several people who are Muslim and have been friends with several more over the years, I am not scared of the Muslim faith and know that very little separates them and me. Like ANY faith, they have a group that took it too far and give the entire religion a bad name.

PhilippinesPhil said...

I am a 9-11 survivor; we ALL are. We are Americans. WE were attacked THERE. The mosque is an affront. I don't want it built THERE. Its easy. I'm not a bigot. I KNOW the motives of the people who want it there and THAT MATTERS. Your PC self righteousness is irritating, just as, I'm sure, my own strong beliefs are to you. You know, if this was a modest mosque built to serve the religious needs of the few Muslims on Southern Manhattan then it would be no big deal; but that's NOT what this thing is. Its a monster of a mosque in a place where there are currently no Muslims to fill it. Its being built there for ONLY one reason, and one reason ONLY, because its close to the 9-11 site. Geez, its so obvious that your willingness to overlook it is MORE than irritating. My God man wake up!

Ed said...

Phil - Despite all that you say, I have seen little evidence to back up your statements. Also, I have yet to have one detractor of the mosque answer my question, "Just how many blocks away from 'ground zero' would be acceptable build a mosque?" Their inability to answer that question also leads me to believe that their reasons for not wanting the mosque are for reasons other than insensitivity to 9/11 survivors.