2010-08-20 / Letters

Battle Of The Mosque: Three Is A Charm

Dear Editor,

Mayor Bloomberg has already drawn his line in the sand when it comes to the World Trade Center location of the proposed mosque. It seems Michael will support any faction of the city with the exception of the middle class. That third term was bound to be a killer.

About the mosque, here’s the bottom line: They have every right to build a mosque as we have the right to build a church or temple. That aside, we build churches and temples in communities that, by population (walking distance) warrant it. What puzzles me is that location is all commercial. Who is going to pray there? Where are they coming from? Where will they park? The location makes no sense from a demographics point Letters of view, the impropriety angle aside.

Would it not be inconceivable if the building, from its initial construction, is rigged to explode and just when all the rebuilding of that hallowed area has been completed, bammo! There have already been two explosions downtown by the same factions. What other reason is there to build that building in that location except if it is the punch line to a Muslim sick joke? And, if the NYC Buildings Department inspectors are not on top of the construction, New Yorkers have every reason to believe the mosque builders, after having one set of plans certified, will have their own set of plans when it comes to construction. Then, like so many other building jobs in the city, contractors will sign off on their own work when the job is completed. Yes, some say the building will make the area safe because they would never bomb their own mosques. Not so! They have a history of doing such a thing. The idea of constructing a mosque at the world trade site is inappropriate, not illegal. And, if a reason other than impropriety must be given for rejecting the mosque building site, let it be the area cannot handle the traffic and the parking.

The entire idea must be an affront to Americans everywhere on some levels. The mayor, who has demonstrated through photo-ops and op-eds how much in favor of the construction he is, has played out his hand. Let us not forget he lives four miles away from the proposed building site and will probably be spending the bulk of “his time out of NYC upon the conclusion of his final term. Thus, he stands to lose nothing personally in the battle of the mosque. Mayor Mike, not afraid to portray ridiculous roles as a mayor thespian in the annual press show, has given a Tony winning performance here by backing the building of the mosque unconditionally as he, once again, plays the role of a fool.

JOAN METTLER

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