It's offensive, extremely so. The idea behind the complex is to be built near the site of the 9/11 attacks. I had three friends murdered that day, and no, I don't see the Cordoba House as some cultural band-aid highlighting how sensitive Muslims can be. I personally see it as an Islamic Triumphal Arch standing over the ground where people I cared about were vaporized and my home city attacked and brutalized. . Such a monument would have the same impact as the impending George W. Bush Democracy house for western Baghdad. Think about it, several years after the US invaded Iraq, the US President had shoes thrown at his head, an act that was roundly applauded by many in the Arab and Muslim world. . Now in New York City, they want to build a Mosque by the site of the 9/11 attacks. I don't care about their reasons, I find it extremely disrespectful to those that died and suffered that day and afterwards. They want tolerance? They want understanding? Fine, let them build it elsewhere in the city. . But truthfully? Let them build it where Muslims can learn tolerance. Better yet, let them make it a mobile center and have it travel the Arab and Muslim world.
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