I first wrote about this a few days ago, saying that building a mosque a stone’s throw away from Ground Zero is insensitive and probably counter-productive to the idea of positive interfaith-relations.
But, reading the Mayor of New York’s position on it, and, more important, reading the views of New Yorkers who are passionate for and against the issue, i’m no longer so sure in my position.
Anything worth doing is usually not easily done. If we use that as a yardstick, then something this hard is absolutely, exactly what the city of New York needs.
And for years he [Mayor Bloomberg] has, with a mix of care and impatience, been encouraging New Yorkers, including the families of 9/11 victims, to emotionally move beyond the tragedy of nine years ago.
There comes a time when you need to move on, to discharge the ghosts of the past, to put your faith in the right that can only come from a future free from the hangover of yesterday.
One of the things that make America great is its Constitution, in particular its protection of civil liberties, including the freedom of religion and speech.
“We do not honor their lives by denying the very Constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights — and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked.”
That’s what he had to say about the brave firemen and police who rushed into the World Trade Center that day to save all the people they could.
Mayor Bloomberg should be applauded. On Sept 11 nine years ago, terrorists killed thousands of innocents in the most deadly attack ever on American soil. What he is doing today is ensuring that those attacks don’t kill something more important — a core principle of the American psyche.