Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mosque At Ground Zero

There is a lot of hype, propaganda, and emotion on the current issue about building a mosque at ground zero. Well, not exactly at ground zero, but a couple blocks from it. The issues become; 1. tolerance of a faith, 2. insensitivity of a faith so close to a national tragedy done by members of that faith, 3. freedom of religion, 4. should the government make any statements about the issue and 5. is there anything that can be done about it? Couple things have appeared. No legally there is probably nothing can be done to block the mosque from being built. The mayor of New York Bloomberg and President Obama have weighed in the issue and both say that they support it being built. And for political reasons they support it. It has nothing to do with anything else. Does that mean that they are undercover jihadists? No, they are just going with the flow of the government really cannot take any position about favoring one religion over another. There were also Muslims killed in the attack on 9/11. Is it insensitive of Islam to do such a thing. Yes! Even in the cover of being a community center for recreation and education. Will the jihadist see it as a victory? Yes! Will the one seeing it as freedom of religion see it as a victory? Yes! What all this is pointing to is what ever side you are on, you can say it supports your position. But what the issue really points out, is that religion in and of itself, divides and tribalises society. One part feels superior to the other part. Ideas can go to extremes in the name of religion and God and people die because of it, no other reason. One can try and ignore it or one can rebel against it. It doesn't matter. We need to grow up in the 21st Century, because if we don't we will destroy ourselves and it will not be Gods work being Armageddon, but our fault and there is no reprieve.

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