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A Mosque within a 50-mile radius of Ground Zero freaks out America. Islamic leaders suggestion to fill it with illegal immigrant babies only adds fuel to the fire.

Additionally,

Palin "refudiates" classiness by getting involved via Twitter.

First off let me say, I get it. I really do. I get why even the most liberal and tolerant of Americans would feel uneasy with their being a mosque next to Ground Zero. It seems like a slap in the face, right? Like, how dare they kill 3,000 of our citizens and then have the unmitigated GALL to try and place a freaking jihad empowerment center within a half mile of Ground Zero. As an American I understand that, but as an African American and a woman I know that there's more to this story than we know.

Like the fact that just because a group of people terrorized our country in the name of Allah doesn't mean that a) Allah had anything to do with it, and b) that those that believe in Allah also believe that the incident was b1) Allah endorsed, or b2) right. Trust me, in addition to being a black woman I am also a Christian and I know what it's like to be unfairly blamed as a whole for the actions of a few.

Also, let's take a look at the fact that since Sept 11th, 2001 America has been extremely crappy to Muslims in general. So building the mosque was probably just an act of "Hey America, sorry about 9/11 but our proximity to the site makes it so it definitely won't be bombed again, and we're totally all about paying your property tax, so can you possibly shut the hell up and let us practice our religion in peace?" Or it could have been a slap in the face, but I actually think that's fair given the BS they've gone through for the last 10 years.

When I first heard about this incident, or to be more succinct the backlash towards the president for supporting the structure, it made me wonder about something that's been racking my brain for at least the last year or so: What's wrong with America?

We seem to be entangled in this solipsistic rhetoric wherein we've created a type of control just so we can freak out when we lose it. We love nurses, landscapers, and construction crews but not as a whole and not when we can't understand what they're saying and especially not when they don't make much of an effort to understand us. And though it's not racist (for the sake of argument, ahem) we hate this so much that we're nearly willing to overturn an amendment to the constitution to alienate them all the more. I mean really people? We're going to make it so that no one can be a citizen of this country unless we say it's okay? When did America become the Regina George of the world? Why are we so reluctant to forgive, to learn, and to move on?

You wanna make a statement? Finish the 9/11 memorial center and pay homage to those fallen, but don't channel your anger into irrational hatred for a group of people only loosely involved. We're better than the thinly veiled, semi-rational arguments we're trying to use to remove even more of our rights in the name of... well I don't know, because it's certainly not our comfort.

It's this desire to hold control over everything, and when we lose this control that we've invented only in our own minds we take steps towards completely overturning the values this country was founded upon. The blinders on our eyes are so opaque that we've decided to paint a vision on them instead of clearing the way for the true future. We're still so young, so I guess in a way this is to be expected, I just hope we grow up before it's too late.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 17th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
I wonder if the Russians would allow the Muslims to build a mosque to celebrate their other great victory of recent years, the child-rape razzia and massacre at Beslan? (http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/beslan-child-rape-torture-enforced.html)

They could even have especially phallic minarets on the site of the school to symbolize the Muslims' favorite weapon of Jihad. (http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/muslim-pedophile-gangs-prey-on-british.html)
stickykeys633
Aug. 17th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
I wasn't aware that the Muslims that wanted to build this monument also wanted to install a Jihad Airlines terminal and sell mini figurines of the WTC. My bad.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 17th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
(This is Jen but I don't remember my LiveJournal account info and I am too lazy to figure it out)

a. You are so super smart.

b. You should check out this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZpT2Muxoo0 Some other smart thoughts on this issue.

c. I live in a super, ultra, mega conservative county of the (actually very liberal) Minnesota. Most people that I have talked to about this issue are against the "Ground Zero Mosque". (They're also in favor of Prop 8 and changing the 14th amendment and so on and so on.) What I have found is that there seems to be a portion of this country (and it's mostly white, mostly Republican, mostly "Christian") who seems to think that there is a limited amount of freedom and success and happiness to be had in this country. In other words, if we let "others" get too happy then we're going to be less happy. Just for example, look at one of the driving arguments behind Prop 8 - It denigrates traditional marriage. It all boils down to "If everyone is allowed to be happy then I will be less happy." I makes no sense but a lot of people feel that way.

Anyway, I could go on and on and on about this but my main point is this: A lot of people can't be happy unless they feel like they've got some power or privilege over the "other guy" and Muslims are a real easy "other guy" right now. It makes me sad that people can't see how scary and potentially destructive the "other guy" mentality is and where it can lead. I wish more people subscribed to the idea that we all do better when we ALL do better.
thegirliscrazy
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
"In other words, if we let "others" get too happy then we're going to be less happy."

this, so much. i cannot remember where i read it, but i remember an article on socialism and it pointed out that arguments against it boiled down to "if everyone is wealthy, no one is wealthy. if my neighbor has the same things that i do, then i might as well have nothing." america is trapped in this hyper-competitive culture bubble, in ways that are detrimental. there are too many people like this, who simply cannot be happy unless they know there is someone who is worse off and/or beneath them. they need to feel self-righteous, and you can't be self-righteous unless you have someone to judge. this is where the 'other guy' mentality comes in.

of course if you try to call them out on this they will argue vehemently that they are just standing up for what is right and what they "believe" in, but it's just b/c they're unable or unwilling to see that this intense need for righteousness is circular - what they "believe" in requires that they look down upon/judge others who don't mirror that belief system. looking down on others with different ideals in turn feeds into and strengthens said system, which requires them to look down even more on those who don't meet their standards of believing...and it goes on and on.

and a lot of it of course also comes down to sheer ignorance. i find it sad that it is so easy to invoke fear-mongering just by throwing religion into the picture. (which picture? any picture, just pick one!) logic and basic facts fly right out the window.

and stickers, thank you for making this post, now i don't have to make one of my own, lol. i have way too many 'really need to make a fb note about this' ideas that i still haven't gotten around to doing.
stickykeys633
Aug. 18th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
That's one of the reasons I took this night job, so I would actually start blogging again, heh.


But yeah, I feel both you and Jen. I was going to add something in there about gay marriage. It's strange that as consenting adults they had to even ask "permission" in the first place to do something that was so common to everyone else. And now we pull it back and forth without any rational thinking trying desperately to hold control over the one section of euals that we have.

Prisoners are beneath us, but gays are on our level, let's see how much we can eff with them. IT's ridic.
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