If the mosque isn’t built, the terrorists win.
Written by TAYLOR EVANKO / Published September 10, 2010
The infamous proposed mosque in New York City just a few blocks from what used to be the World Trade Center has quite clearly split this country in half. With all of the bitter infighting, it’s easy to get caught up in the national feud and forget what all of us are really arguing about.
Let’s rewind to before 9/11. What exactly were Osama bin Laden and his terrorist buddies hoping to do with their attacks? Were they simply trying to kill as many Americans as they possibly could? Probably not. They knew they could not single-handedly take on the United States; they couldn’t take down a superpower.
But they hoped that they could turn us into our own worst enemy. They tricked us into doing absurd and ridiculous things in the aftermath of 9/11: the passage of the Patriot Act, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the disregard for our Constitution, the increased concentration and funding of our security and military while other domestic initiatives withered.
These were all things Al-Qaeda wanted us to do, and it boils my blood to admit that they were successful in their plans.
So what shall we do next to destroy the very freedom that we enjoy and they despise? Shall we deny Muslim Americans–some of whom also lost their lives on 9/11–their first amendment rights, the free exercise of religion?
After all, isn’t this Al-Qaeda’s ultimate goal, the decline of American liberty and unity? Why should we succumb to their wishes? Why should Americans be fighting other Americans?
Let’s instead champion the American values that make this country so great and us as American citizens so proud. There is no greater message we can send to those who are working to harm us than to allow this mosque to be built and let it symbolize the unbreakable bond, spirit, and tolerance each of us share and cherish so dearly.
The views of this author do not reflect the views of the Temple City Voice or its staff.