Thursday, August 26, 2010

On Timeliness and a Ground Zero Mosque

A lot happens every day. Some of these events are interesting to talk about. Some are talked about in most mainstream and alternative news venues, while others are largely ignored. Regardless of how much attention is paid to these events, most are quickly forgotten.

Here at Fear Goggles, we try to continue discussing noteworthy events beyond the normal forgotten-zone. This goal has proved to be surprisingly challenging. While I would like to talk about something worthwhile, I have trouble resisting opining on the “Ground Zero mosque” or on Dr. Laura’s "nigger nigger nigger" controversy.

In fact, I can’t resist opining about the mosque. If the old Burlington Coat Factory building is zoned so that a mosque can legally be built there, then one should be permitted to be there. A mosque has nothing to do with 9/11. Mosque-going Muslims were jailed during World War II for refusing to take part in the violence of the military. The terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center in 2001 may have done so in the name of Islam, but not in the spirit of the religion.

Opposing construction of this mosque is prejudicial in the extreme.

“We can’t let the terrorists win!” you might exclaim. Unfortunately, the nature of terrorism is such that the moment the first plane hit on September 11, the terrorists succeeded. That we are still making decisions based on their attack 9 years after their direct destruction was over is a testament to their victory. The only real way to fight terrorism is to make decisions as if terrorism did not occur, i.e., to ignore terrorists. Terrorism is an extreme vie for attention. Giving terrorists attention only encourages other terrorists. Ignoring terrorism is the way to combat it. The old adage “the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference” is applicable here. Of course we should try to prevent terrorist attacks, but once an attack occurs, we have to clean up the mess and move on. To change how we do things because of a successful attack, or to make decisions in light of successful attacks only serves to encourage terrorists to attack in the future.

In other words, causing a stink about a proposed mosque is the only way a mosque construction project could be a victory for the 9/11 terrorists.

I’d like to say more, but I’m exhausted just thinking about this issue. So calm down and think about the position you want to take on this: loving tolerance, peaceful indifference, fearful prejudice, or something else?

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