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Demonizing Islam, Alienating Muslims, Harming the US

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The question that arises is: "How far is far enough?". Somewhere between the 2-1/2 dense city blocks, where Cordoba House is planned on the site of an abandoned garment factory, and 10 blocks away in Tribeca, where Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf has led a congregation for 27 years? How far away from Ground Zero is acceptable? If opponents say two blocks away is not good enough, they could say "not in the state that the 9/11 attack occurred in" or, "not in the state next door to where the 9/11 attack occurred". Three cartoons address this question admirably. The first is Kevin Sier's telling cartoon in Charlotte Observer on Ground Zero with Palin saying "Sure we believe in freedom and inclusiveness, but you good people should respect New York and build your mosque farther from ground zero!" Next to this panel is a panel showing 9th Ave, 10th Ave and beyond stretching all the way beyond China, Japan and Russia, with a "voice" from beyond asking "How is this?"!! (see ); the second is a perceptive, revealing and thought provoking Mark Fiore cartoon animation on the building of a "mosque" near Ground Zero (go to and then scroll to the 08.18 cartoon captioned Cat and Mosque) and, the third is a Bearman Cartoon captioned "how far is far enough" (see

The real question that needs to be asked is not "Why the Muslims are not shifting the site further away?" but "Why are the Muslims being asked to shift the site further away?" There is not one valid, justifiable or reasonable reason why the Center, with its prayer hall, should not be built exactly where it is proposed to be built. On the other hand, there are a

number of very forceful and good reasons why it should be built there.

Left out completely from the discussion are the Muslims and their feelings Muslims who are American citizens, and Muslims all over the world who are closely watching developments on this question.

It is as if American Muslims did not exist or had no feelings, no sensitivity of their own! As if they are third class citizens who do not matter.

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