Mosque of Manhattan
"Sensitivity goes both ways. If you really care build it elsewhere."
The message from New Yorkers:
You can build a Mosque at Ground Zero when we can build a Synagogue in Mecca.
The comment that floored me went like this;
"They can build a Mosque anywhere except Ground Zero. After we lynch Osama Bin Laden in the pit, which currently is a shrine to a people we once were."
If this isn't juggling knives while riding a unicycle, then I don't know what is. The Right of Religious expression vs. the philosophical perspective of justifiably cynical New Yorkers.
Consider New yorkers as a culture within a culture. A strong sense of loyalty being a New Yorker. The thought process being " I can criticize my brother but you better shut up. The Brotherhood of Blue and Red are held in the highest regard.
"It's a matter of respect to the guys running into a burning building when common sense tells you you're goin' the wrong way..."
A Brotherhood amongst Brothers, if you will. It's roots are seated deeply within the culture and family.
"So when our President stands next to us, as we rumage through the rubble, in search for a fallen Brother; when our Prez says "The people who knocked these buildings down, will hear all of us soon. That's the moment the enemy was given a face, and the face was Osama Bin Laden."
"I think this particular head on a stick gives many New Yorkers closure. After that we'll talk about the Mosque."
"You wanna build a Mosque there, deliver Bin Laden for public hanging at the pit. Pay per view proceeds go for what the House failed to do. Keep the Blue and Red alive. Thanks alot for that US House of Representatives.. "