Cross And The Crescent: The American Dilemma




The hullabaloo that has been created in America over the proposed erection of a mosque and Islamic community center in close proximity to Ground Zero is reflective of the ideological change that is taking place in America.

Inevitably, this debate has seen a battle of words with the conservative and rightist Americans predominantly expressing their strident opposition to this venture. It also cannot be denied that the liberal and broadminded segment of the American social order has passionately endorsed the mosque, saying that stopping the erection of the mosque would be seen as a triumph for the Islamic fundamentalists, who would then utilize it to recruit innocent Muslims to further their unjust causes. The approvers of the mosque have endorsed the view that it would assist America in its battle against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq. The supporters have argued that the erection of the mosque is necessary to express solidarity with the peaceful Muslims in America.

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The American constitutional fabric is just and confers equitable treatment to all the peaceable Americans, irrespective of their ethnicities or racial ancestry.
President Barack Obama has stated that the mosque and the Crescentic community center must be allowed in principle, since the American constitution promotes liberty. The creation of the mosque near Ground Zero, adhering to all the local rules, would be an ideal response to the philosophical poisoning by the Mohammedan terrorists such as those of Al-Qaeda and Taliban. The American constitutional fabric is just and confers equitable treatment to all the peaceable Americans, irrespective of their ethnicities or racial ancestry. To be honest, there is a copious amount of validity in this presidential argument. Prima facie, one can only agree with it and laud its appropriateness and evenhandedness.     

Nevertheless, the argument of the opponents of the mosque deserves more attention. The formation of the mosque cannot be justified by quoting the constitution. The mosque, one of the most potent symbols of Islam, is, after all, going to be erected near Ground Zero, which is a site that is associated with one of the most mournful chapters in American history.

Ground Zero is the destination which was obliterated on 9/11 by the Al-Qaeda terrorists. The builders of the mosque and community center, notwithstanding their law-abiding intentions, could have portrayed more sensitivity toward the sentiments of the American populace. Whether one likes it or not, this is an emotional issue. The sight of a mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero has the potential to inflame the American citizen, and justifiably so.