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I had this post ready to go yesterday, on the 9/11 anniversary. However, because this post had less to do with 9/11, and more to do with current topics, I thought it best to hold it back a day out of respect.
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“..It is un-American to burn the Koran, and it is not very compassionate to ask Muslims to move the ground zero Mosque..”
Wrong on BOTH accounts.
We are being “American” by allowing a guy to burn the Koran, and we are being “American” by letting Muslims place a Mosque near ground zero.
We are being “compassionate” by asking a preacher NOT to burn the Koran and we are being “compassionate” in asking Muslims to please move their Mosque a little further away from ground zero.
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Many of our friends on the left would like the “meaning” of September 11th to go away. They would like us all to forget, to forgive, and to move on.
After all, we are not at war with Islam. The 19 people who destroyed The World Trade Towers and murdered thousands of our fellow Americans could have been anyone. So what if they were all Arab, and all of them were Muslim, and they all did this horrible act in the name of Allah. That doesn’t mean anything. You should just move on.
But I cannot move on. Maybe I never will.
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One of the biggest reasons that I use these Internet blogging sites is because of September 11th, 2001. I quickly realized after 9/11, that I could not write the editorials that I wanted to write. The newspapers didn’t want to hear about Islamic terrorism. The newspaper didn’t want to show any of the destruction that took place on that day. The newspapers filed away all of the 9/11 photographs which showed the terror that those members of Islam did to us.
The newspaper didn’t want to hear about the abuse that some Islamic men do to their wives, their daughters, to homosexuals, etc.
The newspapers didn’t want to hear how we feel. The newspapers wanted us to go away.
But we didn’t go away. We just switched to a different medium.
Today, with this ground zero Mosque situation and the (possibility of a) Koran burning event, many on the left would love for us to ALL go away. They call us racists. They claim that we are unintelligent, because “surely, if properly educated, we would see things ‘their’ way, and sit quietly by, and forget all about that stupid 9/11 stuff.”
I have to laugh at that one.
If you believe that the purpose of education is to change a person’s political beliefs, then you are living in the wrong country. In a free country like America, the purpose of education is to teach you how to read and write, do mathematics, and to prepare you for a profession that you have chosen. If your teacher is trying to persuade you to one of the political parties, then that teacher needs to be fired. That is called propaganda; and generally, we do not tolerate this in our schools.
It is interesting to study these two colliding events which will unfold today, and in the near future.
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In Florida, you have the Pastor of a church that has 15 members, who wants to burn the Koran. This is causing Muslims in Afghanistan to protest. People on the left understand that this Pastor has a constitutional right to burn the Koran, however liberals believe that he shouldn’t burn the Koran because it will piss off Muslims. (It is not a very nice thing to do.)
People on the right understand that Muslims have a constitutional right to build a Mosque (Community Center) near ground zero. However, conservatives believe that Muslims shouldn’t build it there because it offends many Americans. (70 % of Americans polled believe the ground zero Mosque should be moved.)
I, personally, believe that BOTH activities are wrong.
It is wrong to burn the Koran, it is wrong to burn the Bible. It is wrong to place a holy cross in a jar of urine and call it art. It is wrong to make a painting of the Virgin Mary using cow manure. It is wrong to burn the American flag. All of these activities are wrong because these symbols have deep meaning to other people. However, I do not want to make any of these activities illegal.
It is also wrong to place a Mosque near ground zero. It would be wrong to place a monument to the Japanese Emperor near the sunken deck of the USS Arizona in Hawaii. It would be wrong for the British to place a monument honoring the King of England near the White House, (considering that the British burned down the White House during the War of 1812.) These activities are wrong, but not illegal.
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“..But AR, Islam didn’t attack us on 9/11. Just a bunch of crazy idiots, who just happen to be Muslim, did..”
You are correct. Islam didn’t attack us.
Just the same way as most Japanese people didn’t bomb Pearl Harbor. Most Japanese people were going about their business on the mainland of Japan on December 7th, and they did not fly over Pearl Harbor and drop bombs on Americans. Most Japanese probably didn’t see the logic of attacking America.
Yet, it would still be wrong to place a monument to Japan in Pearl Harbor.
Let move this forward to today…
Most Muslims did not attack us on 9/11. However, a group of Muslims did. Most Muslims probably questioned the logic of attacking America. Yet, it is still wrong to place a Mosque or Community Center backed by Muslims near ground zero.
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I have seen it all folks, I really have.
I have asked folks on this web site, who are left leaning; I asked them: “what about Muslims who will not go to this Center because of the anger it has caused? What about the safety of Muslims who DO go to this Center? Are you thinking about that?”
The answer I get is that I am a RACIST because I am concerned for the safety of Muslims here in America, and I MUST have a hidden agenda.
OK, you got me. I do have a hidden agenda. It is called following common sense and logic. It is the act of trying to avoid a future disaster. That is my “hidden agenda.”
This is the way that some people see this situation…
If the Mosque gets moved, those evil conservatives will win. But if the Mosque gets built near ground zero, liberal- progressives will win..??
Give me a freaking break.
Can I sprinkle some of that logic that I was talking about on this situation?
If the Mosque gets built where it is currently planned, people around the country will picket the Mosque, causing Muslims who could enjoy this beautiful Center, to stay away. Many will feel guilt by a hidden meaning that this Mosque may have: (opening date 9/11/11, a guy who was a waiter just a few years ago, now magically has enough capital to help back this project..??, etc) Who needs all this guilt..?? After all, most Muslims who live in the United States just want to be like us- American. If the Mosque gets built near ground zero, NO ONE WINS.
However, if the Mosque is moved to a different site a little further away, Muslims can enjoy this Center without feeling guilty, and everyone wins.
I am not sure how any person can be against what I just said. You are smart enough to know that I am speaking the truth.
But some people are against what I just said, and so they lecture us, in a condescending fashion.
Folks, I am not sure that I can take another liberal editorial telling me that “the terrorists win if let a preacher burn the Koran because terrorists burn books and so we would be just like the terrorists.”
Or how about this political angle that the left is using:
“If the ground zero Mosque is moved, the terrorists will win because.. Aaahh, well, eeerr, a, moving the Mosque wouldn’t be very American. And we liberals have always stuck up for religion and their religious rights in America.”
Wrong on BOTH accounts.
We are being “American” by allowing a guy to burn the Koran, and we are being “American” by letting Muslims place a Mosque near ground zero.
We are being “compassionate humans” by asking a preacher NOT to burn the Koran and we are being “compassionate humans” in asking Muslims to please move their Mosque a little further away from ground zero.
We are not racists, or Islamaphobic, or whatever name you want to call us. We are compassionate people. We have compassion for Muslims and do not want to see the Koran being burned. And we are compassionate towards Americans who do not want a Community Center funded by Muslims built near ground zero.
It is possible to be a “compassionate American,” and we should all strive to achieve this state.
However, to be American, sometimes you must throw compassion to the wind, to allow others their freedom.
And yet, to be compassionate, sometimes you must bend the strict American ways to help others.
It is a delicate balance and I am not intelligent enough to fully explain it. The ground zero mosque is an issue that is bringing to light the difference between being compassionate, and being an American.
9/11, is the best day; and the worst day to have these issues collide.
As I am writing this, the 9/11 ceremony is taking place at ground zero. A moment of silence is being observed for when the South Tower fell, and a bell is ringing. It is amazing how “quiet” thousands of people can be, all at once.
Like many of you, I will never forget where I was and what I was doing on September 11th, 2001. I remember being in Pittsburgh, and when the plane went down in Shanksville, (which is close to Pittsburgh) I remember looking up to the sky, wondering how many more planes were aimed at cities across America. I am not ashamed to tell you that I feared the moment. But that fear quickly changed to anger. How I wished that our attackers were not a group of cowards who hide in civilian clothes. I want to see my enemy, face to face, and settle it.
But that was not to be. To this day, radical Islam still hides in civilian clothes and will only show it’s face when their evil deed is done.
9/11 has a different meaning to different people.
To a liberal, 9/11 might be a day to reflect on all the evils that America has done to other peoples, and other nations. If this is what you choose to do, that is fine, you have that right. But could I ask you to broaden your knowledge and study the evils that Muslims did to other people during the Ottoman Empire? Or study the evils that France did during the French Empire, or Rome, or England, or the evils that Africans did during the Egyptian Empire.
There isn’t a people, nor a nation on the face of this earth who doesn’t have a section of their past that they are ashamed of. But why do you focus only on America, and the wrongs that America has done?
Whatever you believe that America has done, there is no justification for the attack on NY City and the death of 3,000 innocent people.
There is no justification.
Understand that, and you will understand me.
It may take some time to forgive.
We did not immediately trust the Japanese after WW2, today we are trading partners with Japan.
There was a day when we rejected anything “British.” Today, we stand side-by-side with the British in War.
There will come a day when no animosity will be shown towards Muslims, by any member of this country. But it will take time.
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You did not attack us on 9/11. However, members of your religion did. These radical members hide in civilian clothes and vow to attack America again. They dress and act just like you.
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How can we know that you are not a radical who wants to kill us?
Opening your heart and fully understanding what I have just said, is the key to understanding why many Americans are reluctant to open their arms to you.
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Racism is the easy answer on WHY this is happening, and as with anything that is “easy”; it is not always the correct answer.
The solution is much harder.
TIME.
It will take time.

Written by AR Babonie for The Angry Republic

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