On the morning of September 11th 2001, the world watched with wide eyed wonder as the terror unfolded at the World Trade Centers in New York city. The flaming towers collapsing, and the bodies leaping from their windows were heart wrenching, but at the end of the day, the people stood arm in arm in solidarity, and unified as Americans.
In the wake of this man made devastation, we saw our fellow countrymen in tears, and emotionally broken by the sheer horror caused by this appalling act. The news reports flashed images of soot covered emergency workers frantically digging through the rubble for any life that may have been spared, and survivors telling their stories of heroism, and heartbreak. We were also shown an outpouring of sympathy from most of the world. With one scathing exception, it appeared as though the Muslim world was jubilant, and overcome with joy. The sights we took in from these places were of American flags burning, and Muslims dancing in the streets. Their leaders offered tongue in cheek sympathies, while espousing ‘watered down’ versions of the very sentiments the terrorists themselves championed.
Nine years later the City of New York, has still not completed a tribute to those who fell at ground zero, and plans are in the works to build ‘The Cordoba House’ a Mosque, and community center two short blocks from the ‘Twin Towers’ location. The building that stands at the proposed Mosque site was actually struck by landing gear from one of the hijacked planes on the morning of 9/11, and is within two minutes walking distance from Ground Zero.
The man behind this controversial build is ‘the Imam’ Feisal Abdul Rauf, and he claims that he wants the Mosque built there to promote ‘solidarity between Muslims, and non Muslims’. If this was true, I’m sure that he must have noticed the opposite effect it seems to be having for not only New Yorkers, but the great majority of American’s. If he really wants to build bridges between our cultures maybe he should listen to the will of the people and move his ‘House of Worship’ somewhere that it won’t be seen as a ‘Monument to Terror’.
Unfortunately, politicians are now jockeying for position in this issue. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi recently made the statement that she was joining “those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded.” hopefully while she’s probing our fellow citizens, that she also looks into the funding of the Mosque itself. Perhaps she could delve into the mystery of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, that was destroyed on 9/11, and vowed to rise again, yet time, and time again they have been denied by local authorities to be allowed to rebuild.
Many Americans were shocked to hear President Obama state that ” Muslims have the right to build a Mosque in Manhattan”. Yes, they do have that right, but this debate is more about respect, and morality than Constitutional rights. Anyone that expected that, The President of the United States, was going to speak out against this Mosque, has clearly not seen the tide coming. The Administration currently in office, has no intention of offending the Muslim world, and if Obama did stick a flag in the earth, and shout to the world “build it somewhere else” the possibility of ignorant American’s feeling justified in their prejudices against Middle Easterners, and Muslims alike could reach frightening levels.
In the true spirit of America, many tradesmen in New York have taken up the cause themselves, and banned together in a work strike. These workers are both union, and non union and stand unified in a total boycott of any construction on the Cordoba House. If only the Imam would take notice that an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers don’t want a Mosque built so near the site of a radical Islamic bloodbath perpetrated against their fellow Americans then perhaps it would be moved to a location without such an infamous, and ire inciting recent history.
Politics aside, these ‘hardhats’ should stand as a reminder to us all, that as American citizens it is our job to stand up, and let our voice be heard, and not run to a lilly livered politician every time there is an issue. This country was forged by the will of the people, not the words of a man.
Just ask King George.
The 9/11 Hard Hat Pledge: http://www.bluecollarcorner.com/blog/?p=750