Yes, The Cordoba Initiative does indeed have the right to build a Mosque and cultural center in the building they own near ground zero. Approximately 60% of the people polled have stipulated to this fact and it does not appear to be in dispute to any great degree.
That being said, the question becomes one of whether they should build on this hallowed ground. It has been said that this property isn’t technically ground zero and the left has been scurrying as of late to re-brand the location as “near” ground zero. This property is in fact ground zero by virtue of the fact that wreckage from one of the planes that slammed into the Twin Towers actually penetrated the roof of the building in question.
This ground is a sacred testament to all those who lost their lives on that fateful day in September, 2001. The Mosque and cultural center should not be built in the proposed location. According to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, this project is intended to foster better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. The Imam repeatedly refers to himself as a bridge builder. At this time it can be said with a great deal of certainty that if this project was meant to foster better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, it is failing before it even gets started.
Approximately the same percentage of people who believe the Cordoba Initiative has the right to build the Mosque and cultural center, believe it is an intentional “thumb in the eye” to the United States and is insensitive and hurtful to the families who lost loved ones on September 11th 2001. They can build the Mosque. They have the right. It does seem however that maybe the best way to build that bridge would be to move this project to another location.
Alan Levesque is an author and publisher who writes articles pertaining to politics, world events and American culture. You can read more of Alan’s articles at The Daily Pamphlet
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