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9/11 reloaded?
A mosque at ground zero would end up defeating its most valuable purpose, so the project must not go ahead
02/09/2010

Peace and harmony between religions is a future that this world continues to aspire for. Obama’s pronounced support to the idea of a mosque at Ground Zero does have the right intent in that sense. Yet this move comes across as one that defeats its own purpose.

The $100 million plan to develop an Islamic community center with a mosque from just two blocks away from the World Trade Centre where 3000 people were killed borders on insensitivity. The White House didn’t comment on the mosque controversy till Obama cleared the air at the White House Iftar dinner when he backed the mosque stating that “as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.” Quite a few other nations of the world do not allow freedom of religion like China, Iran and Arab countries. So for a change, this is one of the better symbolic gestures from US.

What makes it more of the opposite is the backdrop in which it is being planned. The idea has created tremendous polarity. Republican Senator Newt Gingrich expressed an extremely controversial criticism when he said “Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington.” The comparison isn’t even fit for debate, but the mosque issue needs to be looked at more sensitively by the government. A mosque is the symbol of peace and love, but having a mosque at Ground Zero has the potential to create the wrong vibes and even increase animosity between different faiths. Obama knows that – but his current stand can only deepen the chasm rather than reduce it. The ill-timed mosque proposal has to go.

By:- Akram Hoque
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