I was channel surfing and came across a stern Bill O'Reilly warning Nihad Awad that pursuing the building of a mosque near ground zero is a mistake. I can understand why an American would not want to see a mosque near ground zero or anywhere in lower Manhattan. O'Reilly actually made a good point, that no Japanese would even think of building a Japanese temple near Pearl Harbor. But Awad also made a good point by saying that Muslims were also victims on 9/11. The fact is that most victims of "Islamic terrorism" have been Muslims! Furthermore, the Qur'an instructs Muslims to respect Christians and Jews, not hijack their planes and fly them into their buildings.
However, out of respect for conservative Americans and for the victims of 9/11, and knowing that the money for the proposed project will likely come from KSA and maybe other Wahhabi-infested kingdoms, I believe it would be unwise for Muslims to insist on building a mosque near ground zero. Having said this, the actions of New Yorkers and mayor Bloomberg have already shown that Americans are quite tolerant of Islam and Muslims.
From the AP: 'A city panel Tuesday cleared the way for the construction near ground zero of a mosque that has caused a political uproar over religious freedom and Sept. 11 even as opponents vowed to press their case in court.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to deny landmark status to a building two blocks from the World Trade Center site that developers want to tear down and convert into an Islamic community center and mosque. The panel said the 152-year-old lower Manhattan building isn't distinctive enough to be considered a landmark.
The decision drew praise from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who stepped before cameras on Governor's Island with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop shortly after the panel voted and called the mosque project a key test of Americans' commitment to religious freedom.
"The World Trade Center site will forever hold a special place in our city, in our hearts," said Bloomberg, a Republican turned independent. "But we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves, and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans, if we said no to a mosque in lower Manhattan." '