The debate over the 9/11, or Ground Zero, Mosque took another turn as a growing number of construction workers are taking a pledge not to work on the building of the mosque planned for a short distance away from where the World Trade Center once stood.
According to New York Daily News:
“A growing number of New York construction workers are vowing not to work on the mosque planned near Ground Zero.
“‘It’s a very touchy thing because they want to do this on sacred ground,’ said David Kaiser 38, a blaster who is working to rebuild the World Trade Center site.
“‘I wouldn’t work there, especially after I found out about what the imam said about U.S. policy being responsible for 9/11,’ Kaiser said.
“The grass-roots movement is gaining momentum on the Internet. One construction worker created the ‘Hard Hat Pledge’ on his blog and asked others to vow not to work on the project if it stays on Park Place.”
The boycott of the 9/11 Mosque project was predicted by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly a week or so ago, who opined that, if the project ever got off the ground, it would have a great deal of trouble finding workers to build it.
The boycott, which is so far not officially sponsored by any union, is not without cost. With the economic downturn proceeding apace, turning down work, any work, has an economic cost.
Contrary to what some mosque supporters suggest, the construction worker boycott of the 9/11 Mosque is not motivated by bigotry. Several workers expressed willingness to work on building a mosque if it were situated elsewhere than the shadow of Ground Zero. One even was content to have it built next to his house.
The construction worker boycott is the most concrete expression of public discontent with the idea of building a mosque steps away from where Muslims (or at least those calling themselves Muslims) slaughtered 3,000 people. While upwards of 70 percent of the American people oppose the 9/11 Mosque, political leaders are divided. President Obama has expressed support for the Mosque. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has even called for an investigation of the people opposing the mosque.
On the other hand, opponents of the 9/11 Mosque include such luminaries as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Senator Harry Reid, and Howard Dean.
But, if the construction worker boycott holds, the controversy may be moot. One cannot build anything if there are no builders.
They won’t build it! Hardhats vow not to work on controversial mosque near Ground Zero, Samuel Goldsmith, New York Daily News, August 20th, 2010