Build the Mosque

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A lot has been said about the Mosque at Ground Zero. Frankly, I don’t see why people really care.

If the mosque is a place where people are plotting attacks on the US, then it doesn’t matter where it’s built. We should prosecute a war upon our enemies until they are extinct. If they like to use mosques as convenient gathering points, then we know where to go looking for them and we know how to dial our mortar shells. Fixed targets are much easier to take down than moving ones.

If the mosque is going to be a place of worship, then we really shouldn’t interfere.

Yes, it is in bad taste. I don’t see the LDS church building a temple at the site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I don’t see Carthage Jail turned into a Baptist super-church. We don’t build US embassies and consulates at Ground Zero of the Hiroshima or Nagasaki blasts either, and the Japanese aren’t trying to build a Shinto Shrine over Pearl Harbor.

However, I don’t want to live in a country where someone can force someone not to worship in a particular way because it is offensive or in bad taste. I don’t see how trying to force people not to worship in a particular location is going to make us more tolerant and happy, either.

My religion teaches me that we must tolerate other religions, whether or not we are tolerated. That means allowing Muslims to build mosques at Ground Zero, even though we can’t build Christian churches in Saudi Arabia.

Now, I would strongly advise the Muslims to reconsider the location of their mosque. You certainly aren’t helping your PR by doing something silly like that. I mean, you don’t want to be known as the religion that builds mosques over their enemy’s dead bodies. That certainly doesn’t help to win any converts.

Unless, of course, that’s really what your religion is all about—terrorizing your enemies into a false conversion.

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