image She doesn’t want the World Trade Center Mosque to be built?  She must be intolerant.  A bigot… Narrow-minded…

Oh wait a minute, she’s Muslim.  How do the PC police explain this anomaly?  Neda Bolourchi, a Muslim, lost her mother on 9/11/01 as United Flight 175 slammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.  Her mother was on the flight.  She says to Iman Feisal Abdu Raulf, “build your mosque somewhere else.”

She wrote yesterday in The Washington Post:

I was born in pre-revolutionary Iran. My family led a largely secular existence — I did not attend a religious school, I never wore a headscarf — but for us, as for anyone there, Islam was part of our heritage, our culture, our entire lives. Though I have nothing but contempt for the fanaticism that propelled the terrorists to carry out their murderous attacks on Sept. 11, I still have great respect for the faith. Yet, I worry that the construction of the Cordoba House Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site would not promote tolerance or understanding; I fear it would become a symbol of victory for militant Muslims around the world.

When I am asked about the people who murdered my mother, I try to hold back my anger. I try to have a more spiritual perspective. I tell myself that perhaps what happened was meant to happen — that it was my mother’s destiny to perish this way. I try to take solace in the notion that her death has forced a much-needed conversation and reevaluation of the role of religion in the Muslim community, of the duties and obligations that the faith imposes and of its impact on the non-Muslim world.

But a mosque near Ground Zero will not move this conversation forward. There were many mosques in the United States before Sept. 11; their mere existence did not bring cross-cultural understanding. The proposed center in New York may be heralded as a peace offering — may genuinely seek to focus on "promoting integration, tolerance of difference and community cohesion through arts and culture," as its Web site declares — but I fear that over time, it will cultivate a fundamentalist version of the Muslim faith, embracing those who share such beliefs and hating those who do not…

…I do not like harboring resentment or anger, but I do not want the death of my mother — my best friend, my hero, my strength, my love — to become even more politicized than it already is. To the supporters of this new Islamic cultural center, I must ask: Build your ideological monument somewhere else, far from my mother’s grave, and let her rest.

As I’ve said before, they certainly have the legal right to build, but because something is legal doesn’t make it right.  If they truly want to cultivate understanding, start by beginning to understand the victims involved and respect their wishes.

HT: Memeorandum

2 comments
  1. You say : understand the victims involved” How can this be stressed more? They DONT CARE about the victims or their feelings – never will. Its a symbol of conquest and nothing more. The symbol and meaning of Cordoba is now in the open for all America to see. I suppose most have let the simple fact that Rauf contributed alot of money to Hamas, filtered through his mosques. That in of itself puts him in the same catagory as the terrorists of 9/11. Funding Hamas IS an act of terrorism and so is Cordoba on Ground Zero

  2. Let’s NOT allow a mausoleum! Would a synagogue, cathedral, temple be acceptable? What about a parking lot?
    Why do you believe that ALL Muslims must be punished? Have not our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan soothed you quest for blood?
    If as a group, you also mourn all who died on 9/11, do you not also mourn for the Jews, African American, Latino, Mormon, Hindu, Asian, Buddhist, Atheist, Catholic, small, big, young, old – ALL the people who died by the hands of 19 angry men on Sept. 11, 2001?
    Can you feel the sorrow of ALL the families who have lost loved ones in the wars we’ve perpetrated on Islamic nations? American? Jewish? Christian? Are the lives of the Muslim women and children of less value, less importance than another’s life? Do you decide?
    If you are a Christian, does not your faith give you consolation? What do the non-Christian believers do to receive comfort?
    Is no “God” a kind, forgiving “God” regardless of the given name? Lord? Jehovah? El-Shaddai? Elohim? (these are just the Christian ones).
    Lest we forget the holocaust, let us remember ALL massacres: Armenia, Rwanda, Katyn, Jeju, Darfur, Bodo League, Kosivo, Nanjing, Wola, My Lai, Columbine or even ALL the other people who died in concentration camps who were not Jewish (Catholics, homosexuals, gypsies…) Human history records thousands of these events. They continue to occur despite pledges to remember!
    Does it alleviate your pain to know that thousands of Muslims are dying in Pakistan without food, shelter or water due to the floods?
    Can you seek revenge? justice? retaliation? vindication? moral retribution? malevolent righteousness? By whose right, whose doctrine, do you claim to be so omnipotent? How many deaths will satisfy you?
    Your desire to to hate and justification for being angry is depriving you of life. I pray your loved one would not have this wished upon you! Time to let those who have loved you and passed on, provide you with some quiet solace! I’m very sorry for your loss. And the losses of 2,996 lives (including approx 70 muslims who were in no way related to the killers

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