- 0% INTRIGUED
- 0% FURIOUS
- 0% BORED
- 0% THRILLED
- 0% SAD
In response to a controversies over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero and on Staten Island, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, on his official blog condemned Islamophobic prejudice. Archbishop Dolan is the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which includes Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
"Yes, it is acceptable to ask questions about security, safety, the background and history of the groups hoping to build and buy," Archbishop Dolan wrote. "What is not acceptable is to prejudge any group, or to let fear and bias trump the towering American (and for us Catholics, the religious) virtues of hospitality, welcome, and religious freedom."
Archbishop Dolan compared the situation of American Muslims with American Catholic history, saying that Catholics "were (and sometimes still are) considered aliens and foreigners....These foreigners, Beecher, Morse, and company warned, were un-American, from a strange religion led by a fanatic in Rome, who wanted to impose their tyrannical beliefs on the United States, and even destroy American democracy, by violence, if necessary."
He also noted that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI both "went-to-bat for the Islamic community in Rome in their yearnings to build the first mosque in Rome."
I have heard the Cordoba House (not sure if I have the name right) actually wants to build a community center at that site. It is apparently going to be on the idea of the YMCA. I get that and I think its a better idea to foster interfaith harmony via a facility that will offer some worthwhile services to all in the community. I also think it needs to be specifically offered to people of all religions. For example, pagans, humanists, Hindus and atheists should all feel welcome, not just Muslims and other People of the Book. That will show that American Muslims are truly interested in contributing positive things to the American way of life. Just my humble opinion. :)
June 25, 2010
It is ignorance and fear that fuel the fires of prejudice. Will it ever cease?
June 22, 2010