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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.


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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