This post was inspired by this article by brotherpeacemaker: “In The Name Of Freedom Build The Mosque”
In regards to the controversy surrounding the building of a mosque and cultural center two blocks away from the site of Ground Zero, America has a golden opportunity to lead in the march towards religious tolerance between two of the worlds great religions. First, allow the mosque to be built. If it’s short of the needed funding, then the federal government must make up the difference to get it done.
Then Americans should propose that a church and synagogue be built in Saudia Arabia, two blocks away from the home of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) in Mecca. We are continually being told that the 911 highjackers don’t represent true Islam, which is a religion of peace. We are told that the vast majority of the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide are “moderates” and tolerant of other religions. The Prophet himself referred to Christians and Jews, along with his followers, as “People of the Book” and He offered them protection with these treaties: Jews and Christians. The Qur’an itself states: “And do not dispute with the followers of the Book except by what is best, except those of them who act unjustly, and say: We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you, and our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit.” Qur’an 29:46.
On the same site, a memorial could also be built to honor the American (and other “coalition”) soldiers, who have died over the years defending Arab/Muslim interests in the region, as well as Christian missionaries and aid wrokers who are being murdered in Muslim countries by extremists, like the 10 recently killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, who were providing free medical services to the local population.
These structures within New York and Mecca would prove definitely that the America is not at war with Islam and that Islam is not at war with the West. Such a joint venture would be a severe blow to the intolerant and ignorant ectremists on both sides… and who better to show leadership and spearhead this effort than President Barack Obama. When he entered office as the leader of the American empire, as well as the “free world”, he had made it his personal mission and governmenty policy objective, to reach out to the Muslim Ummah, both Shiite and Sunni, with a hand of friendship.
President Obama should contact King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudia Arabia and make this proposal…today! I am sure he can get it done as he is a Nobel Laureate for Peace!
I won’t hold my breath though.