Today is the 9th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks. The first thought is always for the victims and their families and that precise thought makes us consider what is the situation now, after nearly a decade has passed since the attacks took place. This anniversary has been marked with the “I will burn some Korans” from Terry Jones and the projected building of a mosque near Ground Zero. So, is it respectful for the victims that a mosque, the religious buuilding where Allah (the god on whose name the attacks were made) is worshipped), is built there? Americans think that it isn’t: Most Americans object to planned Islamic center near Ground Zero, poll finds:
“Two-thirds of those polled object to the prospective Cordoba House complex near the site of the former twin towers, including a slim majority who express strongly negative views. Eighty-two percent of those who oppose the construction say it’s because of the location, although 14 percent (9 percent of all Americans) say they would oppose such building anywhere in the country.
The new results come alongside increasingly critical public views of Islam: 49 percent of all Americans say they have generally unfavorable opinions of Islam, compared with 37 percent who say they have favorable ones. That’s the most negative split on the question in Post-ABC polls dating to October 2001.
Nearly a third of all Americans see mainstream Islam as encouraging violence, little changed from recent years. More, a slim majority, say it’s a peaceful religion.”
But Obama yesterday made an emotional defense of right to build the Islamic center (mosque included) on Ground Zero:
“This country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights,” Obama said, citing the Declaration of Independence. “One of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely.
“And what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, you could build a synagogue on a site, if you could build a Hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site.”
“You can’t say that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam does not mean peace, Islam means submission. So a Muslim is the one who submits. You know, there is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam.”
“The Qur’an is full of – you know – jihad is the most talked about duty in the Qur’an after tawhid (belief). Nothing else is mentioned more than fighting.”
Related: Fla. pastor will “not today, not ever” burn Koran @ WaPo.