Saturday, September 11, 2010

Something to make wingnuts' heads explode

There was a mosque on the 17th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Contrary to the Aryan mythology propounded by our nation's right-wing extremists (i.e., the victims of the WTC bombings were white Christians), the make-up of those who worked in the WTC was quite diverse and included a substantial number of Muslims of numerous races and ethnicities. To give you an idea about the article:
Given the vitriolic opposition now to the proposal to build a Muslim community center two blocks from ground zero, one might say something else has been destroyed: the realization that Muslim people and the Muslim religion were part of the life of the World Trade Center.

Opponents of the Park51 project say the presence of a Muslim center dishonors the victims of the Islamic extremists who flew two jets into the towers. Yet not only were Muslims peacefully worshiping in the twin towers long before the attacks, but even after the 1993 bombing of one tower by a Muslim radical, Ramzi Yousef, their religious observance generated no opposition.
On September 11, 2001 as I watched the coverage of the unfolding disaster as I prepared to go to work, I had a sinking feeling that ultimately it provide cover for those spoiling for a Holy War. It didn't take long before our former President would start using terms like "evil-doers" and "axis of evil" and speaking of "the war on terra" in a manner that felt akin to a religious crusade, draconian laws such as the Patriot Act were foisted upon us, and in some circles hate speech, physical assaults, and property destruction of those deemed "unacceptable" became more commonplace (and increasingly part of our mainstream discourse).

 Not only did those who died that day not deserve what happened to them, but they do not deserve to be dishonored by hatemongers who try to justify their actions on their behalf.

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