The Ground Zero Mosque: An Insult To America

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September 11, 2001, one of the most infamous and controversial dates in the history of the United States will be engraved in the minds of millions forever and is once more a resurfacing issue. On this horrendous date in time, Islamic terrorists hijacked a pair of commercial airplanes and flew them into the Twin Towers, murdering thousands and causing millions in damage. Nearly a decade later, an Islamic religious group named the Cordoba Initiative is stirring up more trouble and is planning to construct a mosque within only blocks away from ground zero itself. This is an extremely offensive and distasteful decision and should not be allowed for three main reasons: it is a direct attempt to aggravate the American public, compromise can be the solution and a way to elude future violent situations, and just because these individuals have the right, that doesn’t mean that they should feel compelled to go on with construction.
Building an Islamic mosque so close to ground zero is a direct, intentional provocation pointed towards the American public, who think that an Islamic place of worship should not be so near the site where the Twin Towers once stood before the 9/11 attack. The public believes this because the terrorists that claimed the lives of thousands were of Islamic faith, and having a mosque on this sacred site would be considered an insult upon the American people. This facility will be located literally only two blocks away. This is a completely unnecessary move that will slow the healing process of the wounds of the American public; there is no point in creating more hate and tension than necessary. Building a mosque on ground zero can be compared to constructing a Japanese place of worship on the islands of Pearl Harbor a short period after the attack (Vitello). The mosque, which is formally known as Park 51, is also a recreational facility. The building in which Park 51 will be located was struck by the fuselage of one of the crashed, hijacked planes on 9/11. This building is also thirteen stories tall, and is planned to include a bookstore, basketball court, and much more. All of these attributes are a little on the excessive side. If the planned mosque goes on, it will cause way more trouble than it’s worth (Esman). Ex New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was in office at the time of the 9/11 attack says “This project is creating tremendous pain for people who’ve already made the ultimate sacrifice. All you’re doing is creating more division, more anger, more hatred” (Weil). To be specific, “As of September 9, 2002, 2,819 lives were lost due to the 9/11 attacks and an estimated $600 million was paid in clean-up efforts” (“9/11 By the Numbers”). These statistics cannot be easily forgiven by the citizens of the United States. Another move that seems to intentionally provoke Americans is that Ramadan, a holy month of Islam, will be occurring very close to the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Party-like festivities...

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