1. How many blocks away from the former World Trade center would it be acceptable to build a mosque and remain in good taste?
2. How many years after September 11, 2001 must 'Ground Zero' and the blocks encompassed in your answer to question 1 remain off limits to any new mosques?
3. How many blocks away from the site of the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma should Catholics (Timothy McVeigh's religion) be prohibited from building new churches and for how many years after April 19, 1995 should they not do so to be in good taste?
4. How many blocks away from Pearl Harbor should Buddhist temples (largest Japanese religion) be prohibited from being built and for how long after December 7, 1941?
5. When do we realize that not all Buddhists want to bomb ships, not all Catholics want to bomb government buildings and not all Muslims want to fly planes into tall buildings?
I think our Current Occupant should have kept his mouth shut on this issue because it is a local issue and not one that concerns the general welfare of this country. In doing so, like he did in the Henry Louis Gates Jr. affair, he only opened up a huge can of worms. But he did and we now debate the consequences. I think this should have been an example of our greatness by saying that we welcome Muslims (or any faith) to build their building with a prayer room even if they wanted to do it across the street from 'ground zero' and not a block and a half away. We could have shown the world, that we aren't like those extremists who try to lump Americans into one giant group of evil. But instead we showed that we aren't too much different than everyone else by lumping everyday Muslims and Taliban extremists into the same category.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - Franklin D. Roosevelt