Monday, August 23, 2010

Mosque, schmosque...

At this point does it really matter if it is a Mosque or a Community Center? Roger Ebert recently blogged about the proposed Muslim community center in the shadow of Ground Zero. If you haven't already read it, I highly recommend you do. (Click here to read it.) It offers some very thoughtful comments and/or insights on the situation and what it really means to be an American. I don't know that I necessarily agree with all of his points, but I definitely agree with the spirit of them.

I think a lot of people forget, or maybe never realized, that a lot of the founding fathers weren't Christians, they were Deists. The New World was settled by people whose religious beliefs were not just unpopular but considered dangerous and/or blasphemous by what was then mainstream Christianity.

And, from a Christian standpoint, didn't Christ tell us to turn the other cheek? What could be more faithful to his teachings than forgiving and moving on.

Lastly, I whole-heartedly support Mr. Ebert's proposal to turn Ground Zero into a green space. The whole monument/shopping center thing seems not only disrespectful to the memory of the dead but opportunistic.

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