Thursday, July 22, 2010

As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم)

The title of this post is easily recognizable and translated to "Peace be upon you", unfortunately the people of NYC are acting like the people of NY State and bringing their racist, Anti-Islamic views to the streets. And not letting peace be

If you haven't already heard, an Islamic group is interested in knocking down a building near ground zero and replacing it with a Mosque. This has stirred up the 9/11 die-hards, and venom is being directed at Muslims and Islamic culture. Many are protesting, sitting in at town hall meetings just to scream that this would be a disrespect to everyone that was killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Rick Lazio, the Rep candidate for Governor has gone as far as asking for all groups involved with building the Mosque, be investigated for illegal behavior and any know association with terrorist. *Le Sigh* It's getting UGLY again, UGLY I SAY.  I worked in the twin towers, Tower 2 on the 69th floor (one floor below where the building was hit) for 5 years and just 10 months before resigned from my firm. On September 11th I stood in front of building two and watched as the second plane flew right into the building, I watched people jump from the building, I watched people scramble through the streets trying to escape the devastation, I WAS THERE. Not only was I there but I lost two friends to this terrorist attack, one of which was a Muslim! YES Muslims died in the attacks, so did Hindus, Koreans, Chinese, African No one was untouched.

Then everyone's favorite walking comedy skit... Oh wait you probably don't care for her either so let me say her name Sarah Palin.. chimed in with the following tweets.
  1. Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing

  2. Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real

Ugh besides the fact that I just think she's annoying, why is she asking people to say no to a place of worship?  They don't want to build this Mosque in the foot prints of the building, the building is a block away. Why can't we look at the building of the Mosque as a way of healing, because the relations with the Islamic community needs healing as well. But you know what none of that sells, She can't make her place as the Tea-baggers party leader if she doesn't say ridiculous things. When Timothy McVeigh, a homegrown terrorist blew up those buildings I didn't see anyone rallying saying all young white men were evil, or threats being sent out to all white neighborhoods or churches. NO he was an individual. He did not turn all white men into hood wearing killers (hehe, that came out wrong), and the reasons are as clear as the nose on my face! What we're experiencing now is yet another form of racism, just disguised by an American tragedy.  A tragedy that had an affect on EVERY NYer regardless of race, religion, sex. And it's time for all of us to remember that! Every Muslim in the world is not a a religious radical looking to take down this country from the inside out.

I beg of all involved to stop perpetuating hate against an entire culture /religion and placing the mask of 9/11 over it. The people that committed this horrific event spread enough hate let's not continue the madness. I also need Americans to remember for a quick second the principles in which this country was founded, one being religious freedom!

I WAS THERE, I REMEMBER, I'LL NEVER FORGET but I can FORGIVE. I believe my friends that were killed on that day would be disgraced by the hate being used in their names. Think about that.


Mizrepresent said...

This just speaks on some Americans racists beliefs and fears of anything Muslim. Ignorance at it's best. Good post.

The Jaded NYer said...

Great post!

I personally take offense to some crazy lady from ALASKA who wasn't even HERE on that day, who didn't have to deal with the aftermath- pollution, fear, destruction, broken spirits, loss, to tell US what to do in OUR city. Especially when it's just to promote her own political aspirations.

And don't even get me started on Lazio...that dude can Kiss My A**

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, Sarah Palin. You know, she is a walking disaster with her diarrea of the mouth. She and George Bush should get together with a comedy tape.

But I digress...

As someone who was there myself and had to deal with the aftermath on a horrific level, I do think there is something to be said abvout not builind the Mosque down there. It has nothing t do with my own feelings, but the belief that generally, too many people aren't beyond 9/11 and can't see past their own ignorance or anger and that it would cause a lot of problems from people in the area. Its almost like asking for trouble.

I wonder, why would Muslims want to build a mosque in that neighborhood anyway?

Rich Fitzgerald said...

White Fear and White Hate continues to reign, although I know they feel that the end is near.

Tyrone said...

I get so annoyed with Sarah Failin'. Honestly, people need top get over her. If a guy said these things, no one would follow it. She's a carnival act and shouldn't be taken seriously.

No one points out that people of all beliefs were killed on 9/11 - and having a Mosque close by isn't wrong. Way to go with understanding different religions. Ugh.