The proposed building of the Islamic Center near Ground Zero is not simply a question of religious freedom but of sensitivity, respect and sympathy to the souls of thousands of innocent victims and the many individuals and families still grieving for that deeply shattering loss. Grounds of proximity and context must be taken into serious consideration. Any attempt at erecting the Cordoba House, despite its modest intentions to bring healing, reconciliation and unity among religions (I doubt it) for as long as it’s too close to the site, would be offensive and insulting. It just doesn’t look good because it’s seen as a sign of Islamic conquest and triumph. The painful memory of that September morning brutal terrorist attack is buried in the hearts of many, that anyone severely affected can hardly get over it. In fact, no one does. Islamophobia is not a result of cultural and religious ignorance and narrow-mindedness but a lesson learned on that awful day that changed America. I therefore stand in solidarity with those who let their voices heard and make every effort to relocate it.
May the souls of the faithful departed, especially the victims of 911, rest in peace. Amen.