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cake with WTF written on itLiving in NYC, I have to laugh at some of the mistakes people make when discussing the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. I also have to laugh at some of the things people are unaware of. Here are a few examples.

1) There is no such thing as "the Ground Zero neighborhood." There are lots of neighborhoods in Manhattan. That isn't one of them. The site is in the Tribeca neighborhood.

2) Two blocks is a fairly significant distance in Manhattan, where everything is so scruntched together and one block's distance often involves going into a completely different neighborhood. If the people building the mosque had really wanted to "send a message, they would have had to build closer to Ground Zero.

3) The overwhelming majority of people in Manhattan support construction of the mosque. The farther you get from Ground Zero (outer boroughs then other states), the more opposition there is.

4) Some 911 families support construction of the mosque, as I pointed out in a previous blog posting. Yet, many on the right are saying that the mosque is insensitive to 911 families.

Few things are more tedious than people like Sarah Palin, Coward Dean, Newt Gingrich, and Harry Reid, who know nothing about NYC and who care even less, pontificating about something here. Ignorance is celebrated in this country, with really irritating consequences.

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3 comments

  1. Lew Scannon Says:
  2. The intolerance exhibited by the right on this issue is a bit ironic considering how much these "Christians" are always claiming their values are under attack.

     
  3. TomCat Says:
  4. All good points, Lib. May I add that though the center may be 2 blocks away from the property line, it is actually 5-6 block from the location of the memorial itself.

     
  5. Louis Flores Says:
  6. Thank you for being sensitive to people of faith. Even though you declare yourself to not believe in God, here you are showing much more respect, peace, and tolerance to people, who have faith. I am not a believer in Islam, but I believe that they have a right to worship their own faith. Maturity is missing from the public debate over the Mosque near Ground Zero, and what you write is mature and thoughtful. I am going to post a link to your post.

     

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