Friday, July 30, 2010

Anti-Defamation League Comes Out Against Ground Zero Mosque

Move over Sarah Palin.

In a move sure to cause liberal apologists for Islam to fall to the ground twitching and foaming at the mouth (oh, it's starting already, I see), the Anti-Defamation League has come out with a statement that not only calls for the Ground Zero Mosque to be built somewhere else, but also calls for further investigations into who is behind the Mosque project and where the money is coming from. Good for them.

Here is the full statement from the ADL website:
We regard freedom of religion as a cornerstone of the American democracy, and that freedom must include the right of all Americans – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faiths – to build community centers and houses of worship.

We categorically reject appeals to bigotry on the basis of religion, and condemn those whose opposition to this proposed Islamic Center is a manifestation of such bigotry.

However, there are understandably strong passions and keen sensitivities surrounding the World Trade Center site. We are ever mindful of the tragedy which befell our nation there, the pain we all still feel – and especially the anguish of the families and friends of those who were killed on September 11, 2001.

The controversy which has emerged regarding the building of an Islamic Center at this location is counterproductive to the healing process. Therefore, under these unique circumstances, we believe the City of New York would be better served if an alternative location could be found.

In recommending that a different location be found for the Islamic Center, we are mindful that some legitimate questions have been raised about who is providing the funding to build it, and what connections, if any, its leaders might have with groups whose ideologies stand in contradiction to our shared values. These questions deserve a response, and we hope those backing the project will be transparent and forthcoming. But regardless of how they respond, the issue at stake is a broader one.

Proponents of the Islamic Center may have every right to build at this site, and may even have chosen the site to send a positive message about Islam. The bigotry some have expressed in attacking them is unfair, and wrong. But ultimately this is not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain – unnecessarily – and that is not right.

Even More on "Not AT Ground Zero"??

The photo below gives an idea of the actual proximity of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque location (in what was formerly the Burlington Coat Factory building) to Ground Zero itself. Notice in particular the location of the remains of World Trade Center Building Number 7:

Here is WTC 7 (still standing) during the collapse of the North Tower (WTC 1):

And here is the rubble left after the collapse of WTC 7, 1 block from proposed site of the Ground Zero Mosque: