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The Muslim Community Reaches Out

Updated on May 11, 2017

The Reported "Mosque" That Started it All

I signed onto my Yahoo today to read the headlining news of the day and came across THIS ARTICLE (article removed). I was ecstatic! There has been buzz flying around of a mosque that will be "2 blocks from ground zero". Not only was the information completely WRONG about what it was being built and even where is was being put, the hate filled comments I heard flying around with this rumor as well hurt my heart. America was founded on freedom of religion and this display of anger toward EVERY Muslim, seemed so... un-American to me.

Stepping Out For a PR Campaign

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has decided to step out and start a PR campaign against all the negativity against the rumored mosque and all the hate geared toward the Muslim community. I couldn't be more excited for this. When the rumors started flying about the mosque I was so torn up by all the negativity from the Americans who were set against a mosque being built. I know you cannot change a mind overnight but you can try to stand up for what you believe in, it takes courage. That article caught my eye and I hope that this campaign makes leaps and bounds in the right direction to heal America. They decided not to take a hate-filled stance on the matter but to "challenge the notion that Muslims were not also targeted on 9/11." said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

The Anniversary Of A Tragedy

No one can deny that what happened that fateful morning will not forever stay with us, and this couldn't have been more true of the fire-fighter that stepped forward to declare that not only was he a first-responder to the 9/11 attacks and lost someone, but that he is also Muslim. The video is of him telling his story as he is in tears and that image will never leave me. How could there be hate fueled by an entire religion? Keith Olbermann stated in his video about how Muslims have become the target by Americans, not all Muslims are terrorists. A smaller grassroots initiative called the "My Faith My Voice" has decided to start a campaign of their own, launching an advertisement of Muslims renouncing terrorism

The New Colossus

"Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."


How were the words of the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty lost? How could the gateway to the United States ask for your tired,poor your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, when the ideas that America was founded on are shunned by the people who live there? The huge loss that America suffered on 9/11 should have brought us all together not tore us all apart. The Statue of Liberty looked on in horror as the Twin Towers fell in front of her that day.

9/11 Never forget...
9/11 Never forget...

Honoring A Memory

  With less than 10 days away until the anniversary of this nation's tragedy draws near I ask a favor of everyone who reads this: Find it in your heart to show kindness and compassion to the lives that were affected. Not just the Americans that were lost in the towers, not just the rescue workers who worked night and day to find survivors, not just the military fighting overseas, but also the Muslims who have lost their lives that day, and the ones who have been attacked since that day just for being who they are. Find love in your heart and sympathy in your soul. Show the world that we are all humans, we are all connected, and we can all love. 


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    • SognoPiccolo profile image

      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      Its very true but where do we as human beings feel it is our right to judge another? I am not Christian but I also know that it is not our job to judge who is right and who is wrong. America is about the freedom to choose what religion we wish to be. I think until everyone in the world can see that, there will never be tolerance or love or world peace. I understand that sounds like a "hippie" thing to say but at the same time it really does hold a lot of truth.

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      Ralphmouth 7 years ago

      Obama has made the case for tolerating Islam on the grounds that our religious diversity promotes religious freedom. Yet if introducing Islam promotes religious freedom, then why is there no religious freedom in the Muslim world? How many churches and synagogues are there in Mecca or in Saudi Arabia itself? Why are churches firebombed in other countries and people murdered because they are not Muslim? The only conclusion is that Muslims demand religious freedom; yet they do not give it to people of other faiths.

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      go ahead and foam at the mouth bebe... It's kinda cute when you do. lol You are totally correct.. not long after the "mosque" was reported about there was an act of arson at the site. The large machinery was set on fire by gasoline.. I haven't followed up on THAT story but it is quite obvious it was someone trying to prevent the building to continue.

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      FightOffYrDemons 7 years ago from Pensacola, Florida

      A few things. And I'm sure I will repeat what others have said, but I haven't read through all of the comments.

      The Olbermann comment is spot on. There's already a mosque even closer to the former WTC site that has been there for years. Certainly not a terrorist training building. This isn't even a mosque. You can't even see the building from anywhere near the WTC site.

      There are many examples of quite accepted racism against anyone who even LOOKS like they could be Muslim or Arabic now. There have been politicians who have blatantly said that it's okay to profile our fellow citizens.

      Secondly, the idea that somehow the spread of Islam into the US is creating all kinds of problems is ridiculous. How much insanity is committed in the name of "Christianity" every day in this country? EVERY religion is going to breed crazies and fundamentalists. They will continue to go out of their way to do whatever they can do prove they are right and everyone else is wrong. We might not agree with someone's religious beliefs but it doesn't give us the right to take their rights away. As Olbermann points out, there are ALREADY Christian churches blocks away from the WTC site. If the WTC was destroyed by a bunch of crazy people doing things in the name of "God", do you really think we'd suddenly have a huge xenophobic racist reaction to every Christian that walks the face of the earth? Would we suddenly want to tear down those places of worship, or to not build new churches nearby, just so we might not have to even LOOK at the building said worship may or may not take place in?

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      eslevy17 7 years ago

      I agree with this hub 100%. Even though most people who protest the "mosque" say it's more about respecting what happened and they should keep it far away, can you imagine what would happen if a black guy raped a girl and the community demanded the black community center move out of town as a sign of "respect?" It's simply a stupid matter of throwing all people into the same group, which is no different from Muslim terrorists killing random Americans because they think all of us are guilty.

      As for Americanromance and nightwork4's comments and others like it, Christianity has as much intolerance in it as any other religion. Gay people seem to get murdered all the time, or otherwise mistreated, and Europe was at war with itself countless times because of the "right" or "wrong" kind of Christianity. It's simply that the majority of Christians have abandoned quite a few of the ancient rules, whereas Islam has yet to undergo this kind of reform. The more modern the coutry, the farther they distance themselves from the worst parts of the religion. We read about stonings in the news, but we never read about peaceful places because they're not newsworthy. There's no reason to demonize Islam when 10 minutes of the Bible will tell you to murder probably ever girl you know. Premarital sex means death. I'd have a pretty busy schedule if I followed that little instruction.

      I'm not a fan of religion at all, but focusing on Islam is like saying Toyotas cause traffic accidents so we should ban them. Just absurd.

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      I couldn't agree with you more. The intolerance that America has been showing towards the Muslim community based on the worth of the extremists alone is really setting us up for trouble in the long run.

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      Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

      I am so ashamed right now! People who say they love our Constitution seem to love only the parts they agree with. Intolerance and hatred belong in no free society. I agree with those who say, "If you can build a church, a Hindu or Buddhist temple or Jewish synagogue, then you can build a Muslim mosque..." It is unfortunate that people become so wrapped up in their fear---and it is sadder that religion causes so many wars. Religion should bring peace.

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      I really find it hard to believe that everyone is always saying they are all for world peace, but that has to start somewhere... and attacking a singular group of people and generalizing them all as terrorist is the wrong way to go about the situation. I am so glad you stopped by to read.

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      Atkyjason 7 years ago from Bensalem Pa

      Excellent hub. I couldn't agree with you more. I'm glad to see Muslim groups reaching out but I am ashamed of my country. I had really hoped we would evolve beyond hate mongering and generalizations at this point. part of the problem is people of so uninformed. Anyone who understands religion at all knows there are many different sects that all behave differently. I also don't think people realize the danger to our national security this hate is causing. Al Kida is using the debate about the Mosque issue as a selling point to impoverished Muslims everyware for their cause. The last time I checked our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, was supposedly, to win the hearts and minds of the people. I can assure you this is winning no one's heart or mind.

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      I respect your opinion as I respect the opinions of everyone. Do I like the way the way that the extremists run things? No, not at all. Do I believe what they are doing is wrong.. yes I do not condone stoning nor do I really believe someone should be so restricted in the way they live their day to day lives. I do not believe that all Americans should hold such views of people. Not EVERY person in the world is bad...there are some... but people take it to an extreme that I find to be uncomfortable. I posted in this article a link of Muslims renouncing terrorism even, so there are people stepping out... not to the full extent that most would like I am sure, but asking a person to stop being who they are removes all rights that person has... and there are Muslim-Americans who are living in America as Muslims, with rights.To say ALL Muslims are terrorists is extreme, and then to attack them for it is just wrong. I cannot say I am Christian therefore I cannot say I stand behind the Christian belief system. I can say though that I am of a different religion, and living in America I have that RIGHT to choose... it is almost like most people have taken up the belief that it is Freedom of Religion in America... as long as it's MY religion.

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      American Romance 7 years ago from America

      Sogno, your feelings are the same as the French and other European countries held! Now one cant sit in a public restaurant without worry about blowing up! The muslims have forced their laws upon the people in how they dress for work and religious holidays not recognised by the majority! Sharia law recently had a couple stoned to death, and a womans nose cut off! They beat woman, and treat them as dogs! Mosque have been built around the world on spots that fanatics of Islam destroyed or won victories over their supposed enemies! They will not allow Christian churches to be built and recently killed 10 Christians in Afghanistan for helping others! The supposed good muslims will not stand up in public and denounce the bad ones! There are serious warning signs and this religion should not be allowed to get a bigger foothold in our country!

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      SognoPiccolo 7 years ago from Wilmington, Ohio

      The main issue I hold is really with the way people are responding to the issue altogether. I really feel that if people have no compassion for others we will end up pretty worse for wear. Everyone is always saying they strive for or want world peace and we have things like this, where it is quite obvious no one wants to work for it. It just all makes me really sad that it always has to be about war. Sometimes it is necessity, I understand... others it is just blind ignorance. =\

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      nightwork4 7 years ago from ontario. canada

      I'm sorry to say this but it seems to me that every country that the muslims move to and grow in population becomes a melting pot for extreme violence. between things like terrorism, shari law, rioting over cartoons of mohamed etc., not much good comes with the growth of this religion. say what you will but with the muslim growth, true freedom is lost and here in canada we are starting to feel it.


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