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Monday, August 16, 2010

Should a mosque be placed at ground zero?

It's a simple question;  Should a mosque be placed at NY's ground zero? 

As a someone who was born in NY I say NO!

But not for the same reasons as some...

We know how President Obama feels, He supports 'The Right' of Muslims To Build The Ground Zero Mosque. Yes, a Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. 

Should blacks in America be concerned about this? 

Why should we, when blacks are treated like slaves in Iraq and other Muslim countries?

Why did the President have to jump into the fray? Why did he engage FOX News and other right wingers in opening these old wounds? Why is the President playing into Fox News hands? Let's talk about it tonight, on the AAPP's political slugfest... "If you can handle the truth."

Before you call into the show, be aware that despite what you might have heard, a 13-story mosque is not going to be built at ground zero in lower Manhattan. For that matter, a 13-story mosque is not going to be built within a few blocks of ground zero. Rather a 13-story building is going up which will contain, among other things, a mosque. More HERE

This might seem like an academic distinction, but in the heated debate surrounding Park51, or as the building is known more commonly, the "ground zero mosque," it really is an important one.

First here are the facts: The building in question is planned to be a Muslim community center, a sort of YMCA (or, I suppose, YMMA). The plans are for it to have fitness facilities (swimming pool, gym, basketball court), a 500-seat auditorium, a restaurant and a cooking school, exhibition space, a library, art studios, a 9/11 memorial--the impudence! the outrage!--and childcare facilities (which no doubt will soon be referred to as a "Manhattan Madrasa"). And it's also going to house a mosque.

But calling the entire building a mosque is a bit like referring to the Empire State Building as a 103-story Walgreens because the pharmacy chain has a store on the ground floor.

And for that matter it's important to keep in mind that it's not at ground zero. It's two blocks north of ground zero, on a street running parallel to the old World Trade Center site.

It's too bad the President didn't lay out all the facts... maybe, just maybe, the American people would understand.

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