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Guest Opinion: The Ground Zero Mosque and Religious Freedom Comments

David Jones, a former Muslim and Iraq veteran, weighs in on the teachings of Islam and the need for dialogue: 'I must publicly speak out in recognition of the Truth I have lived - and to Whom I owe everything. Christ blows our hearts wide open to all of reality.  I believe that as Catholics in America we should support the building of this Islamic Center and mosque. The truth, beauty and goodness of the Catholic faith should ... Continue Reading

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  1. Anon
    4 years ago

    First of all I need to get this to everyone out there reading this, NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS. The Al-Qaeda use the Islam religion as their purpose, when the Koran doesn't say anything about bombing any sort. The Muslims are even very nervous with the Al-Qaeda, they don't know if they're donating money for their Mosque, or giving money to the Al-Qaeda. In a rare chance, the Muslims building this Mosque didn't know anything about the 9/11 attack, until now, when we're getting mad about it. And I've heard that they aren't building it right on Ground Zero, only close to it. We should all calm down about it. We're should just allow the religion of someone else, it's one of our rights as Americans.

  2. Patrick
    4 years ago

    The description of burning flesh in Iraq with their everyday people, including women and children being brutally killed, is exactly what happened on Tuesday, 11 September 2001, in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. Christian forgiveness does not negate Christian justice; it is a good thing for the followers of Jesus to be have a decent self-respect as well as fighting to protect the innocent. Otherwise those who hate will continue strike anyone knowing that they will not be stopped - and they will not care if they are forgiven.

    Why does it appear that the victims of criminals and terrorists are the only ones expected to extend understanding, or worse, are often made into the perpetrators? Building a mosque at Ground Zero would be like rubbing salt in the wounds of those who still suffer from Muslim extremists who murdered, not only Christians and Jews, but fellow Muslims, there on that day.

    Please stop belittling the hurting in the world:
    it is unjust,
    it is unkind,
    it is un-Christian.

  3. Manuel De Leon
    4 years ago

    In plain English, Islam is not a religion. It's a Culture. Therefore it's not allowed to build any mosque on any place.
    Period.

  4. saad
    4 years ago

    I personally support the construction of the Mosque at Ground zero. I've gone through all coments and it really shows that most Americans don't nderstand Islam.
    Dear Folks; You can be a GOOD Muslim without being RADICAL!

  5. Bulbajer
    4 years ago

    Pam: I'm not saying we should allow Sharia in the U.S. I would be militantly opposed to that. But most Muslims who live here just want to be able to practice their religion in a country of considerably freer oportunity and less violence than most other countries in the world. Even if some of them might feel that some Islamic laws aught to be part of the civil law, they're not murderers. They're not haters. So why should we imitate Saudi Arabia and not allow mosques? How much do you think it would help the already poor situation for Christians and other non-Muslims in the Arab world? Not much. How much do you think it would help U.S. foreign policy? Not much.
    Of course, I'm talking about any mosque. I am personally opposed to the mosque in question; I assumed that Kate was talking about mosques in the U.S. in general.

  6. John Jones
    4 years ago

    Rivka

    It was a blessing to read your post.

  7. Pam
    4 years ago

    Bulbajer: So are we all to bow toward Mecca? We are not talking about "an eye for an eye...," here, but all that comes along with "Sharia" law.

  8. Bulbajer
    4 years ago

    Kate, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is not very Christian-sounding to me.

  9. Kate
    4 years ago

    Muslims would never permit a Catholic Church, which is also a community gathering center, to be built in their countries. Nuff, said.

  10. Bulbajer
    4 years ago

    C.t. - I don't know whether you're talking about 9/11/01 when you say that Muslims were dancing in the streets or the anniversary of 9/11 this year. This year the end of Ramadan came on 9/11, which might have caused some misunderstandings about Islamic celebrations and the anniversary of 9/11.


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