I have had enough! Americans-all Americans faced a tragic event on that September day. Many of us still live with the residue of that terror, even if we did not lose a loved one to the event itself. For the American of Islamic faith, it seems the horrors inflicted by extremists will also continue. There is nothing they can do to apologize; there is nothing they can do to recover.
Except build a mosque near “Ground Zero”.
Those with a fearful heart will scream in renewed terror. How dare they defile this most sacred American ground? Was killing and destroying not enough? Now they have to rub our noses in it? The American who think this way are maimed beyond the ability of reason or even their own spiritual beliefs.
Those with an American heart will remember the purpose of America: freedom. They will remember that we each have the freedom to express our faith in whatever forum available in any moment. They will understand that the building of the mosque in no way diminishes freedom, but enhances it. They will be aware that this mosque is only the beginning of the greatness that America can still become.
All eyes are on us, even though they may be hiding behind their newspapers, peeking around the corner, afraid to show their interest. They know there is no other nation capable of processing this. We have the single greatest opportunity to be the child-nation showing our parent-nations how to be tolerant past the old ideas. This moment can have greater impact than any war we have insinuated ourselves in; more lives saved.
Americans grow up wanting to be that; wanting to be the incredible people we claim to be. We do not want to feel the need to complain about our government, even though we have that unquestionable right. We want to be stronger than any weapon created. We want to bring great things to the rest of the world. We just have never had the knowledge, skill and opportunity.
Yet here it is. It has taken nearly 10 years to find this kind of perfection. From the horrors of death and destruction, a bi-partisan government drew together. Through recovery and reconstruction, an ailing nation festered and healed, waiting to decide this moment. Now is the time to be the America we claim to be.
The very thought of a mosque near the same sight where militant Muslims created the worst catastrophe Americans have known, is not easy for anyone to process. The best things in life never are easy. It is, in fact, conflict which allows us to evolve. This conflict provides us the opportunity to become the nation of tolerant but strong spirit we claim to be, but have never achieved.
Americans of Islamic faith have the right to build a mosque where ever they can afford. So do I. So do you. What keeps us from agreeing with these insightful Muslims, that “Ground Zero” become a place of spiritual freedom and comfort? What is to stop other religions from agreeing to honor the fallen and celebrate our American standards by building near “Ground Zero” as well?
Nothing but ignorance and fear. America has been a nation of strength caused by fear for too long. There is greater strength in gentle confrontation than there is in any aggressive war. Strength does not need to attack, it only needs to stand firm in the face of adversity.
But America is more than just a distractedly strong nation. We are Freedom and Tolerance. The Statue of Liberty may welcome “huddled masses yearning to be free” but the people welcome those of solid faith and generous hearts. We value a good work ethic, and problem solving skills. We would be a people of Peace. Now is the time.
Those of you who complain about this Mosque, only serve the goals of the terrorists that destroyed the towers. You speak against your own Constitution. Instead of fearing for those wounded souls that still live in fear and hatred, you should be finding your path to tolerance and strength. That path should involve your individual encouragement for those of your personal faith to begin to build.
Each of us need to build. Nothing but our own fear and ignorance is keeping us from turning “Ground Zero” into the single greatest representation of the American Idea. I see a future of the greatest point of freedom on this Earth. I see a future full of many religions contained within the same space, practicing in harmony, to grow harmony and tolerance in a garden seeded by fear and hatred. We are the only people who can do this. We are the only people so beautifully convoluted and full of need. We can do this!
For my part, I will begin presenting this idea to every religion I work with. I will encourage my Catholic friends to build a cathedral, my Pagan friends to grow a garden, my Buddhist friends to erect a temple-all near “Ground Zero”. It is not the job of our government to direct, fund, or even assist in this. This is the job of our American people. This is the moment we have all been waiting for; what will you do with it?