Here are some reasons for not building a Mosque near Ground Zero.
On Sept. 11, 2001 America was attacked by Muslim extremists. The sites chosen were well-known USA icons: the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the White House. Thanks to some very heroic passengers, the plane heading toward the White House went down in a Pennsylvania field. We all promised to “never forget” the day that American soil was attacked; this hadn’t happened since Pearl Harbor, 60 years earlier. Would anyone build a Japanese Buddhist temple on or near the USS Arizona Memorial?
The proposed name for the mosque near Ground Zero is the “Cordoba Muslim Center.” The name invokes that this mosque will be a symbol of Muslim victory based on the history of what took place in the city of Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain. (Editor’s note: the official name of the proposed center is Park 51 Community Center.)
Briefly, the city was founded by Carthaginians. In 152 B.C., Romans took the city and named it Cordoba. During the sixth through eighth century, it was held by the Visigoths. In 711, it was captured by the (Muslim) Moors and became the capital of Moorish Spain in 756. The Great Cordoba Mosque, now known as the Mezquita, was built as a symbol of Muslim conquest of the city of Cordoba. After several centuries of additions and enlargements, the Great Cordoba Mosque became the largest mosque in all Islam. According to Arabian historians, the city of Cordoba at the height of its splendor had 1 million inhabitants, 200,000 houses and 600 mosques. The city began to decline around 1010, and in 1236 King Ferdinand III of Castile took it back. After being re-conquered by Christians, a cathedral was built inside the caverns of the Great Mosque, symbolizing Christian victory.
The Gainesville, Fla. pastor’s suggestion to burn Qurans is as outrageous as the proposed Cordoba Muslim Center near Ground Zero. Burning the holy book of any religion in America is not in line with our religious freedoms. Not all Muslims are terrorists or extremists.
There are, however, many extremist Muslim clergy who use their poisonous hate of Westerners/Americans to influence young people to commit suicide bombings, thinking that this is their ticket to a wonderful afterlife. We continue to be at war with Muslim terrorists worldwide, including in our own country.