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    Posted July 15, 2010 by
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    Ground Zero: no Muslims allowed?

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     omekongo has been following the debate over the mosque that’s slated to be built near Ground Zero. 'If we are really as interested in making America as good as its promise, we should be able to have a mosque near Ground Zero. To not do so would be to let the terrorists who struck win. If we are truly about tolerance in this country, that's the BEST place to put a mosque,' he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    If America is going to be as good as its promise, a mosque should be built near Ground Zero. Some are even calling this a "monument to terrorism." We cannot act as if it was only White Anglo-Saxon Protestant males who died during 911. There were Muslims, Christians, Jews, blacks, whites, males, females, Latinos, Asians, etc. In earlier times, we couldn't have a Jewish synagogue in some places or a black church in other places. Granted it wasn't Jews who attacked us on 911, but it wasn't all Muslims either. Muslims are integrated in the American fabric. We let the Muslim extremists who attacked us on 911 win if we continue to demonstrate intolerance towards the Muslim community. With the current animosity towards this mosque, a mosque there would be blown up too. We can and should do better, especially if this mosque can serve as a tool to bridge cultural divides, as it professes to.

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