An episode of the Comedy Central cartoon South Park gets censored because a portrayal of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed might be offensive to Muslims. Yet, building a 13 story Mosque at Ground Zero in New York, the site of the September 11th attacks isn't? And in case you didn't get the message, they want to open the Mosque on the 10th anniversary of the attack.
Are these people crazy, stupid or both?
Mosque madness at Ground Zero
By ANDREA PEYSER
New York Post
May 13, 2010
A mosque rises over Ground Zero. And fed-up New Yorkers are crying, "No!"
A chorus of critics -- from neighbors to those who lost loved ones on 9/11 to me -- feel as if they've received a swift kick in the teeth.
Plans are under way for a Muslim house of worship, topped by a 13-story cultural center with a swimming pool, in a building damaged by the fuselage of a jet flown by extremists into the World Trade Center.
The opening date shall live in infamy: Sept. 11, 2011. The 10th anniversary of the day a hole was punched in the city's heart.
How the devil did this happen?
Plans to bring what one critic calls a "monster mosque" to the site of the old Burlington Coat Factory building, at a cost expected to top $100 million, moved along for months without a peep. All of a sudden, even members of the community board that stupidly green-lighted the mosque this month are tearing their hair out.
Paul Sipos, member of Community Board 1, said a mosque is a fine idea -- someplace else.
"If the Japanese decided to open a cultural center across from Pearl Harbor, that would be insensitive," Sipos told me. "If the Germans opened a Bach choral society across from Auschwitz, even after all these years, that would be an insensitive setting. I have absolutely nothing against Islam. I just think: Why there?"
A rally against the mosque is planned for June 6, D-Day, by the human-rights group Stop Islamicization of America. Executive director Pamela Geller said, "What could be more insulting and humiliating than a monster mosque in the shadow of the World Trade Center buildings that were brought down by an Islamic jihad attack? Any decent American, Muslim or otherwise, wouldn't dream of such an insult. It's a stab in the eye of America."
Wounds that have yet to heal are now opening, as mosque opponents are branded, unfairly, as bigots.
"The worst tendency is the knee-jerk, emotional, angry, hateful response to acts of violence and war," said Donna Marsh O'Connor, who lost daughter Vanessa on 9/11 and supports the mosque. "I think it's racist tendencies."
Many more feel like Bill Doyle -- doubly maimed as he's forced to defend himself against charges of prejudice.
"I'm not a bigot. What I'm frightful about is, it's almost going to be another protest zone. A meeting place for radicals," said Doyle, whose son, Joseph, was murdered on 9/11.
"It's a slap in our face!" said Nelly Braginsky, who lost son Alexander.
Will Obama get involved and use this as another excuse to suck up to Muslims while branding anyone who disagrees as a "racist?" That would be crying WOLF once too often for me!