2010-08-13 / Letters

Mosque At Ground Zero

Dear Editor,

Mayor Bloomberg, I thought that government was supposed to carry out the will of its people, not impose its own. A vast majority of New Yorkers are against building a mosque at Ground Zero. Don’t dare imply that this majority of your constituents, whom you are supposed to serve and represent, who are compassionate towards families of the 9/11 tragedy, are somehow bigoted, and should be “ashamed.” Nearly all Muslim immigrants whom I have had the pleasure of meeting have been kind, respectful, and grateful to have opportunities in America. I’m sure many of them would agree that Ground Zero is not the place for this mosque.

However, I feel that moderate Muslims need to embrace their non- Muslim brethren and understand that the mosque at Ground Zero would symbolize ignorance and callous disregard for those directly and indirectly affected that day. The spokespeople claim building the mosque will begin the healing, but what I see is an unwavering, insensitive imposition of religious will hiding behind legal entitlement.

Sure, they have a legal right to build, but what about an ethical responsibility not to?

Non-Muslims are told by the Mayor that we must be open, inclusive and sensitive to Muslim issues and concerns. I agree. Why are representatives of the mosque not held to the same standard on this issue?

When I see the members of this mosque and others around the city having a public prayer service for the 3000 sacrificed at Ground Zero and denouncing the actions of the Muslim terrorists (Imam Rauf refused to acknowledge Hamas as a terrorist group and blames American policy, in part, for what happened on 9/11), then maybe some real healing can begin. Pope John Paul II relented when he had a convent of Catholic nuns, who wanted to “pray for Holocaust victims,” relocate from its location close to Auschwitz concentration camp because Jews felt they were “Christianizing the Holocaust.” The important difference there was that the nuns wanted the convent expressly to pray for Holocaust victims. I haven’t heard anything remotely like that from the mosque’s representatives.

For putting your elitist, politically correct agenda ahead of the will of the people you were elected to represent, Mayor Bloomberg, “you ought to be ashamed of yourself.” Please do not assume that your constituents are ignorant and in need of your admonishment and guidance; I am not bigoted, nor am I ashamed of my position, and a majority of us in this great city fall into this category.

BERNADETTE MAXFIELD

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