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Stop being so mean to the 'Ground Zero mosque'

Dear Mosque:

It sounds as though you are having some difficulty being located somewhere near Ground Zero. Want to locate at my house instead?

Harry Reid said "the mosque should be built someplace else." This is definitely someplace else.

It is a nice, quiet neighborhood, for the most part, so people would be free to come and worship as they chose. Occasionally, drunk college students throw slices of pizza into my yard, but that’s about it. And compared to the constant Ke$ha remixes my neighbors play at 3:00 a.m., calls to prayer would be soothing and delightful.

Originally, I was thinking of putting in a pool, but then I realized that you can only use a pool for three months of the year, while a mosque is great year-round. Plus, if you try to exercise your right to freedom of religion in a pool, people usually think you're weird.

I just wanted to extend this invitation so you'd feel wanted. It must be tough having so many people oppose you vehemently. I remember in the cafeteria when I would take my tray and try to sit down somewhere, and everyone would tell me that, sure, they believed in free speech, but I was taking it a little far. So I know what you're going through.

"That wasn't me!" I would try to explain. "That was a fringe group! I never told anyone to do things like that!"

Later, Barack Obama would explain that, in theory, there was room for me, and then people would yell at him, and he would start to backtrack. "On principle, Alexandra should be allowed to sit wherever she wants," he would say, "because that is how our country works." That was when the yelling usually began. "Just not specifically there," he would add, apologetically.

At this point Newt Gingrich would pop up out of nowhere and liken me to a Nazi. "Do you even go here?" I would ask. "Why are you commenting on this at all?"

Ah, middle school.

Anyway, let me know! I'd love to have you.

By Alexandra Petri  | August 16, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
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I am very pleased to hear that Americans are speaking thier minds about this issue. It is a most insentitive thing to do to build this Mosque but that is the self rightuous attitude they take no matter what.
Had it been Christians who committed this atrocity in the name of Christianity the whole Christian community would have been up in arms against those who did this terrible thing in their name.
Not these Muslums they look blandly and self rightuously and say this is not Islam when it very well is.
How dare they say they have the right to do this in the name of American democracy build this their "in your face Mosque" right where the atrocity was committed against innocent real Americans.
Insensitive is putting it mildly.
I think the Senator who suggested looking into who is really behind this venture and just where the money is coming from is on the right track.
The whole thing is so arrogant such bad taste and such ignorant lack of remorse or feeling for the Americans who were killed and maimed. In fact everyone involved with this should be deported.
It stinks.Thats how abhorant the whole thing is.
Wake up America these people suck.

Posted by: pre74700 | August 17, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

First of all it's a cultural center that has a small mosque. Second. The poster who said that the 9/11 attack noted that it was an atrocity toward real Americans. Interesting. What is a real American? Is that one of those GOP code words that means White Christian Right Wing?

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | August 17, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

First of all it's a cultural center that has a small mosque. Second. The poster who said that the 9/11 attack noted that it was an atrocity toward real Americans. Interesting. What is a real American? Is that one of those GOP code words that means Right Wing?

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | August 17, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Numerous Republicans and conservatives are stooping to the new low of persecuting innocent Americans for political gain...the fact that they're Muslim is besides the point.

It's truly pathetic how Republicans appear to be pandering to conservative white Christians in their political base by blaming the entire religion of Islam for 9/11, when it's Al Qaeda that committed 9/11. It's much the same with abortion clinic bombings and murders, these attacks are committed by fundamentalist Christians, but this doesn't make all Christians guilty.

Various religious groups have been persecuted as they practiced rights of religious freedom throughout our history...Muslims are just the latest, in the past it was Native Americans, Blacks, freed slaves, Jews, and Catholics.

So-called conservatives are assaulting the Bill of Rights and the very idea that we have the rights to practice religion as we choose or to not to and be free of persecution.

Republican and conservative assault on the Constitution and 1st Amendment should be made an issue of during the fall election.

Posted by: Civilius | August 17, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

The problem is not just in Manhattan. The anti-Islam mosque protests have grown to eight states: California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut, and throughout New York. In Florida, one group seeks to burn Qur'ans on September 11, 2010. In Florida, we have seen a pipe bomb attack on a mosque, in Texas a children's playground in a mosque was burned down, while children are harassed, in Tennessee mosque properties have been vandalized and people have been convicted of arson attacks on mosques. On our national airwaves and media, we see and hear those who call for bomb attacks on mosques, and those who seek to spread open intolerance and hatred.

But in Washington DC, on September 11, 2010, a group of interfaith volunteers will be holding a public rally at Freedom Plaza at 2 PM for Rally for Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Worship, and Freedom of Conscience.

Find out more at 911Freedom.com

Posted by: responsiblepublic | August 17, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

My fellow Americans: If you are stuck in the "left wing, right wing mode" then our government has you exactly where it wants you to be.

How hard is it to see that this is offensive to the families of BOTH Democrats and Republicans who's loved ones lost their lives on 9/11. The muslim extremists who attacked our country on 9/11 weren't concerned whether they were going to kill either Democrats or Republicans, they just were interested in killing Americans.

Posted by: barrysal | August 17, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

On 9/11 a Greek Orthodox church was destroyed in the attack on ground zero. To date, the city of New York has not given this church permission to rebuilt and, as a consequence, it has not been rebuilt. The same officials have had no problem pushing the Muslim community center forward. This story has not been reported upon, but it sure looks like th city of New York is anti-Christian. So much for toleration.

Posted by: jeffreed | August 17, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Under Sharia law, houses of worship to pagan gods are not allowed. Infidels may not worship their filthy idols and pagan deities in Muslim lands.

I devoutly hope that Sharia will one day be the law of the land in the United States.

Make mine Sharia.

Posted by: 1234567890qwerty | August 17, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

It funny to hear people defending this Mosque ... "It will be a cultural center..it will only have a small mosque..it will bring us all together" ...what a joke... How do any of you know what will really go on here ??

Actually the same things were said about Obama..he will unite the country...unite blacks and whites..there will no longer be blue statesandred states...See how well that worked out ?

The Muslims have a name for many of you..its called "useful idiots" and they are laughing at you because this Mosque represents a Triumph for them. It is called "FITNA" in their world..."making mischief" abd they intend to do alot of it !!! ...

We shouldnt be putting a Mosque over an area that is still being searched for human remains !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | August 17, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"As a Citizen, as the President of the United States, AND as a Muslim, I feel I should weigh in on all of this. I was BORN Muslim. My Father was Muslim. My Step Father was Muslim. My Mother converted to ISLAM. Let me be clear...I was raised in Muslim Kenya and Muslim Indonesia. I attended Muslim Schools. I remember they would teach us to KILL THE JEW that was hiding behind a rock. Death to America. Death to Israel. America is the BIG SATAN and Israel is the LITTLE SATAN."
"I knelt on my Prayer Rug, facing Mecca, 5 times a day, and prayed to ALLAH. I have taken NASA's Space Exploration Mission away from them, and instead, have directed them to bolster the Self Esteem of my Muslim Brothers. I am using TAXPAYER MONIES to pay for the CONSTRUCTION OF MOSQUES overseas. I have instructed my STATE DEPARTMENT to give the IMAM of this 911 Mosque, FREE TRAVEL in a U.S. Gov't. Jet, paid for by the American Taxpayers, all over the Middle East. I attended the Muslim Ramadan Dinner, but NOT the National Prayer Breakfast."
"In conclusion. You people are either too STUPID or too P.C. to confront what I'm doing, right in front of your STUPID WHITE FACES. Enjoy the new Mosque. And I'd like to thank all of the Dead Americans, that my fellow Muslims MURDERED on 911, for making this all possible. Good night, and ALLAH AKBAR."

Posted by: GoomyGommy | August 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Building a mosque close to the 9/11 grounds is not a religious issue at its core. It is a political issue. Our fear of Islam after 9/11 - and the newly coined appellation "Islamophobia" Islam + phobia, fear in Greek- is a fear created by George Bush and the Jewish controlled media to justify our wars against Muslims. Are Muslims as a whole our enemies? If yes, let's say so unequivocally. If not, then let's ask ourselves what the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been for. The unspoken fact of 9/11 and the creation of "Islamophobia" is that
it has been a blessing for our Military and Industrial Complex (MIC) and hundreds of thousands - and possibly millions - of war contractors and subcontractors who became “instant millionaires,”
as senator Harry Reid once told the National Public Radio.


The MIC has become the “Sacred Hog” of the U.S., and the U.S. elite class, the 10% that controls 90% of America’s wealth, controls not only the MIC, but also the media which is used as a tool to shape public opinion on supposed threats and national needs! The U.S. Congress, therefore, continues to unload $ billions each year into the Pentagon for weapons, and when the Pentagon says it doesn't need it, and refuse to spend it, the U.S. Congress insist that the Pentagon "MUST SPEND IT!" Barack Obama's Defense Secretary Mr. Robert Gates announced recently cuts in the vast Pentagon bureaucracy, as well as in some other "wasteful" MIC programs. But can Mr. Gates bust the MIC clout and plug the its "black hole" that is
ravaging the U.S. Treasury? Not a chance! That is why Mr. Gates announced that he is retiring. He knows he is powerless to challenge the MIC. Dwight Eisenhower foresight that the Military
and Industrial Complex would control the U.S. Government one day has come upon us.

A few Muslim fanatics sought revenge for the Palestinian suffering, and for the U.S. maintenance of despotic
regimes in the Arab world. And that turned out to be a blessing for the MIC and thousands of new U.S. agencies
and other federal services created since then to face the "Muslim threat." Now, in addition to the MIC, we have millions of newly created jobs, contractors, suppliers, informers, and missionaries that depend on "Islamophobia" for their livelihoods! Fear of Muslims has become part of our social fabric, and a new livelihood for many millions Americans. The religious debate about Islam, therefore, is irrelevant because fear of Islam is something we have created to justify our wars, but now many livelihoods have become hostages of it! We cannot live without!
Nikos Retsos, retired professor

Posted by: Nikos_Retsos | August 17, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Why are Christians such BIGOTS?
Honestly, that's their most definable characteristic.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | August 17, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I have heard enough about how America welcomes religions, where did that BS come from? In 1960 JFK had to assure the American people he would place America above his religious affiliation. Catholics were not welcomed in USA and had strict rules on how big a temple they could build back in 1670's. And I remember reading the history of the Mormons, seems they were run out of NY, Pa, Oh, Indiana and had to high tail it to Utah to escape the hangings that followed them across the USA. So first before we pretend all religions are welcomed remember even Chritian religions took years and years to prove themselves before they were accepted!

Posted by: dukeameye3 | August 17, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Building a mosque at Ground Zero would only be appropriate and healing if victims of 9-11 invited it. To force it and cause pain is inappropriate and an example of how self-serving Islam is. We are at a turning point as Americans in terms of our patience and willingness to allow this jokery to continue. How our leaders and the Islam community handle this situation will define the level of our tolerance and support for decades to come.

Posted by: mhillmer | August 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Author: Hey here's a lighthearted take on a really tense issue

Commenters: WHARRRRGARRRBLLL

Posted by: purpledrank | August 17, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

OK, Petri. I'm into analogies too.
With respect for opinions of both sides in this issue, I offer this:
Let's say there's this kid, Danny, who lives in your neighborhod. He and his family are a little different, not quite the same as the rest of the neighborhood, but nevertheless, just another neighborhood kid. He's kind of a bully, though, always mouthing off to other kids and parents,done a few vadalistic things, but never anything atrocious to the neighborhood, In fact, some folks even like Danny, and have no real beef with Danny's family. Then, all of a sudden, Danny grabs your twin brother/sister--unprovoked, unwarranted, just for kicks. Danny takes him/her out in the woods, behind Ol' Hudson's place. There, he beats the child, bludgeons it and sets it on fire. Then he runs back home, injured, but he's OK. He gets caught and goes to jail, paying his debt to Society. Now, a few years later, Danny's still in jail, but his parents say they want to build a memorial to the incident so friends of his family can come and think about Danny and remember him. And they want to put it right where the incident happened, becuase it's a place that's associated with Danny, and all the good and the bad he has done...but right where he set your twin on fire. Hey, it's a free country, Danny's family should be able to do what they want, when they want. But the majority of the neighborhood people say that, while they don't necessarily mind the family's wanting to build the Danny memorial, they do agree that if they'll put it somewhere else, like down the street or in THEIR yard, heck, that's OK, they'll even help build it. But Danny's parents, and a few neighbors, think it should go in the woods, where it happened. because that's where we'd remember Danny the best, for all the good and the bad he's done. So now the whole neighbord's out in the street, yellin' at each other. Of course, the Neighborhood Watch Commander is trying to keep EVERYBODY happy...'cause they all have to live there, right? Now, as the person's whose twin got beat up and set on fire, what do you think?

Posted by: giltemp1 | August 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Wish I'd spellchecked...

Posted by: giltemp1 | August 17, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

This Onion-esque article was a decent attempt at trying to bring down the temperature on this discussion.

That said, I think the President missed a golden opportunity to state in his Aug 13 remarks something to the effect that "...even as we in the U.S. contemplate the construction of a Muslim community center/mosque in Lower Manhattan -- an issue of tremendous sensitivity to many in this country because the location regarded as hallowed ground -- perhaps it is time for our Muslim friends around the world to consider making room for other faiths within their borders..."

Posted by: claymation | August 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how many times I need to repeat the message before it sinks into the thick skulls of the Quisling toadies here-- but my patience is spent with these lying taqiya vendors.

This has NOTHING to do with removing mosques and everything to do with the Islamo-supremacism of Cordoba House, in particular. Somehow, I think Alexandra (and her Quisling toadies) wouldn't support neo-pagans' "right" to erect eternal Crann Tara monuments next to MLK memorials-- much less invite fiery cross burners into her backyard.

But when patriotic Americans object to stealth jihadists-- and (yes) that accurately describes the Cordoba House cabal-- opening a 9/11 snuff porn vendor emporium (and jihadi recruitment center) on the hallowed graves of Ground Zero-- Quisling hypocrits shriek with indignation!

American Muslims may be the very soul of moderation. But I don’t think it’s unreasonable for Americans to ask for more from (allegedly) “peaceful” Cordoba House jihadists than insincere bromides and disingenuous whitewashing of uncomfortable elements of Islamic sharia law, as practiced by the Cordoba House cabal and their financial sponsors.

A genuine tiny minority of anti-jihadist Muslims may be found @
http://secularislam.org/blog/post/SI_Blog/21/The-St-Petersburg-Declaration

Americans remain breathless in anticipation of the sharia law vendors of Cordoba House supporting this genuinely tiny minority of their co-religionists-- but don’t hold your breath.

When will Quislings support Secular Islam advocates' right to live free from the sharia law intimidation of Cordoba House Islamo-supremacists?

Be advised these sharia-fascists have their eyes on your throat, too, Alexandra.

"Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel!"
[Matthew 23:24]

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | August 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind, Alexandra, that those drunk college students would have to submit to hallal-only restrictions on those slices of pizza they toss into your newly sharia compliant yard. Throwing pork sausage toppings would be considered a hate crime against your new neighbors.

Lan astaslem!

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | August 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Examine the Alex’s “worship as they chose” invitation in light of these sentiments;

“Muslims are the vilest of animals…”
“Show mercy to one another, but be ruthless to Muslims”
“How perverse are Muslims!”
“Strike off the heads of Muslims, as well as their fingertips”
“Fight those Muslims who are near to you”
“Muslim mischief makers should be murdered or crucified”

Hate speech? Incitement to violence? Sounds like it to me; but a knowledgeable Muslim would have to disagree.

Why would Cordoba House Muslims not consider this to be hate speech? How is it that I can post these quotes with full certainty that Cordoba House won’t be contacting WaPo Editors (or Congress) with wild-eyed accusations of Islamophobia?
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Articles/Quran_Hate.htm

Don’t be an apologist for Islamo-supremacism, Alex.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | August 17, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

If The President of The United States has determined that Moslems have the right to build there, then he has overstepped his constitutionally limited authority and proposed a right to establsh an official religion. The right to exercise a religion is not the right to build in the name of a religion or to occupy certain lands or portions of land in the name of a religion. A religion is an abstract concept rather than rooted in real property.

Posted by: lilian10101 | August 17, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

THIS POST IS GOOD BUT DOES NOT HAVE NEARLY ENOUGH STAR WARS REFERENCES.

Posted by: vdader | August 17, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's something to think about! Consider your own religion and what values you learned from it. Then see the potential of everything you ever learned whether it was through observation or what you ever learned in school. Then get a job before going to college or go into the Service on ROTC and fulfill that obligation. If you want to do some civic work or join a civic organization to understand the hierarchy of power. Always remember that life is always a learning experience and the most you can learn is beneficial to the outcome of the state of the world and everything in it. Understand basic terminology like Freedom, Independence and Liberty as well as Justice. Remember that this country was based on those principals and then look at all the injustices that has happened since those, "Bill of Rights were adopted. Then compare it to everyone else's religion and see if it makes sense to you based on what you believe to be true, according to your beliefs. Remember, we all have the right to express our beliefs and practice our own religion, as long as lives aren't taken.
This is one of our five basic freedoms that is protected in the first amendment of our Constitution.
Pay attention to everything you ever learned in history class, science, health, gymnastics, mathematics,arts, English(or any other language of your choice, and always set a certain part of your day aside to read a good book.
Then, when you go to College always make sure you do your homework and don't be led astray by others who think they know what's best for you, when they probably don't even know what's best for themselves.
When you finally do know what is best for you, you will be so far advanced in knowledge that you will go farther in life then you ever realized.
This is knowledge and as you get older, you also get wiser, and this is Wisdom.

Posted by: Pwingy | August 17, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

[Pwing prattled: "Remember, we all have the right to express our beliefs and practice our own religion, as long as lives aren't taken."]

So, if Cordoba House sharia law compels New York jihadists to beat female relatives (for reasons of "honor") and torment kafirs (widows and orphans of 9/11), then we should tolerate their practice at Ground Zero?

Afterall, we all have the right to practice our own religion.

"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!"
[Matthew 18:6-7]

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | August 18, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

to all,

fwiw, my 94YY mother made the BEST comment, that i've yet heard, about "the Cordoba Center" being built near the sacred ground of 9/11/01:

"There are a multitude of things that you CAN do and many things that, while you can do them, that you SHOULD NOT do. This mosque is one of those SHOULD NOTS."

it is patently obvious that (to the lunatic, extremist, America-HATING fringe of Islam) this proposed mosque is a "thumb in the eye" to those who still grieve for their lost loved ones. = it is no different from building a building to "honor & promote understanding of the culture & views of" the KKK next door to the site of a notorious lynching.

i'll favor the building of this "cultural center" near Ground Zero the day AFTER a Christian cathedral & a Jewish tabernacle are opened in downtown Mecca. - after all, according to the apologists for the extremist/blood-thirsty Islamo-FASCISTS, we are all "people of The Book" & we should be "tolerent of individual cultural & religious traditions".

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 18, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry I am tired of being labeled a bigot or racist because I think that there is an fundemental problem with Islamin general and this mosque in particular.

Look around the world and see what the most predominate common factor is wherever there is large scale killing or misery it is Islam. Look at the terrorist acts committed these days, 99% by Muslims. Then you have this mosque, this complete and utter nasty gesture to say to the United States that Islam won on 9-11 and the left just sits there and caters to them. We are truly on the decline.

Posted by: Pilot1 | August 18, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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