By now I'm sure you've heard about it.
Feisal Abdul Rauf plans to build a $150 million Islamic center two blocks north of Ground Zero where the World Trade Center fell Sept. 11, 2001.
Many people, including prominent politicians, have come out with opinions.
President Barack Obama has endorsed it. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZOIBEEvbO0)
Sen. Harry Reid, who normally aligns himself with the President, has come out against it. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/republicans-seize-ground-mosque-campaign-issue/story?id=11411490)
People from other countries are formulating and sharing their views. I received this video from a friend.
Speaking of friends, some of mine have used facebook to share their takes on "the mosque."
"Anyone who thinks a mosque shouldn't be built near ground zero is un-American... Does the first amendment mean nothing anymore? >.<" one friend wrote. Three friends of this person shared their agreement and two others "liked" the post.
On the other side of the spectrum, one friend wrote, "We should not be surprised. Obama told us in his own book that when the politicial winds shifted and things got tough, he'd side with the Muslims...... all I can say is that mosque won't be standing long in NYC.... You know someone there will take it into their own hands."
That post only received one comment, which was filled with sarcastic, opposing comments. The original poster later clarified he is not encouraging anyone to take the matter into their own hands, "but knowing the emotion of 9-11, I'm more saying it shouldn't surprise anyone if anyone does."
When I mentioned writing a blog about this, I was asked, "Do you really want to stir things up?" In regard to conversation, yes.
Honestly, I've heard intelligent arguments on both side of the issue and I understand them both. Therefore, I have yet to come down solidly on one side or the other.
This blog is an open invitation to discuss and share your thoughts, opinions, facts you have gathered over the past week or so.
As always, please keep the discussion on topic and respectful.
I look forward to healthy conversation.