Something that’s been the news a lot lately is the controversy over building a mosque/Islamic centre on Ground Zero, where the World Trade Centre was before 9/11. I’ve been reading a lot about it, and I must say I’m shocked and disappointed in America. Apparently 70% of Americans are against it, and seeing the signs demonstrators carry is pretty depressing – let’s protect the “real” America, or “can we build a synagogue/church in Saudi?”
Saudi? Really? Americans are now happy to compare themselves to Saudi Arabia? “Oh well if we can’t do it there why can they do it here?” Real mature.
I think this whole “debate” shows that America isn’t as over 9/11 as many people thought. I understand that it was horrific and that it’ll take time to get over. Fine. But isn’t it time (it’s been 9 years) that people begin to see the distinction between Bin Laden and, well, most other Muslims? Isn’t it time people see the difference between a mosque and a training camp? An Islamic centre and a jihadist madrassa?
I hate to say it but it seems like there are more ignorant people than I previously thought. An what’s scarier is that America seems to get to do what it wants so these extremely high levels of ignorance can’t be good for Arabs/Muslims/Middle Easterners/anyone that is mistaken for one of the above. Afghanistan, Iraq, who’s next?
My soon to be husband, Jon Stewart, was right on the ball, as usual:
On related news, never eat a whole cinnamon sugar pretzel right after an iftar at a Mexican restaurant. Bad combination. I’m not gonna lie and say I didn’t enjoy every second, but right after those few seconds I almost collapsed and had to be carried through the mall. Scary times. And then I ate the pretzel. And now I’m craving even more sugar. I always manage to justify over-eating during Ramadan cause I always assume I could never eat more than 2000 calories after 7 in the evening. Wrong.
I’ll leave you with another amazing article, on Sufis (always nice to read about those crazy Muslims on drugs (joking)):
I love this quote:
“Most of us are perfectly capable of making distinctions within the Christian world. The fact that someone is a Boston Roman Catholic doesn’t mean he’s in league with Irish Republican Army bomb makers, just as not all Orthodox Christians have ties to Serbian war criminals or Southern Baptists to the murderers of abortion doctors.”