I know, it’s not a mosque – it’s an Islamic Cultural Centre, named the Cordoba House with a interfaith spiritual center, a monument to those who died on 9/11 and… a Muslim prayer area. Most importantly, it won’t be on top of Ground Zero. Rather, it will be two blocks away on top of what used to be a Burlington coat factory. A majority of Americans oppose the idea and I agree with them. Here’s why: America is the land of freedom, where one can practice the religion of one’s choice and say what one feels. Nevertheless, building a mosque (Islamic cultural centre if you insist) right next to the World Trade Centre site is in bad taste. If I were to draw a parallel, it would be akin to building a grand centre for German culture right next to Auschwitz. There is nothing wrong with German culture or its promotion, but a centre for Germanic culture right next to Auschwitz will rankle. Just as it is not right for Pastor Terry Jones to burn the Quran, though he has the legal right to do so in the US, it is not right for US Muslims to want to build a mosque (Islamic cultural centre if you will) so close to Ground Zero.
A mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero is very insensitive and it rankles.