Thoughts About a Mosque

Imagine for a moment that you are a young man coming of age in another part of the world, in a place where everyone you’ve ever known and loved has convinced you that the West is your enemy. You believe that Western culture is a Godless and poisonous mix, and that you have a God-given responsibility to destroy it, even if this requires the deaths of innocent bystanders.

Imagine then your surprise, as you clutch your weapons in the hills of Pakistan, when you learn that the Great Infidel has just allowed a Mosque to be built on the site of what you had always thought was the great victory. Would that news make you double-clutch the next time you are asked to be a martyr?

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5 Responses to “Thoughts About a Mosque”

  1. Robbie Q Says:

    Is it optimistic or naive of me to think I will live to 124? For more on that,read the papers or your digital toy of choice about the recent discovery that many of Japan’s oldest citizens have been missing for decades. Oh yes, Granny loves that rocking chair so much she has not moved since 1978! Government officials are starting to investigate.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    A question to consider is why the same boy have stopped and thought, “Gosh, U.S. troops are rescuing my fellow Muslims from Soviet invasion, starvation in Somalia, rape and pillage in Kuwait, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo (by European Christians!), tsunamis in Asia, earthquakes in Pakistan (part I), floods in Pakistan (II)????

  3. Robbie Q Says:

    I do not have a problem with a Muslim cultural centre being built three blocks from the site of Ground Zero. Yes it it will include a mosque. However, I think that anyone who believes for a second that the would be martyr will be impressed has had their head in the sand for way too long. So aside from disagreeing with Ms. Heft on whether the mosque ought to be built, I say she is dead right when it comes to describing Islamism.

    • Jim Power Says:

      Robbie,

      I’ve received a good number of emails from folks who tell me that I am very naive on this one.

      I’d like to think I’m optimistic…

      Jim

  4. Suzanne Heft Says:

    Do you really think young Muslim jihadists will be mollified or impressed by the mosque to be built at the site of Ground Zero and somehow be given pause for sober second thought?

    I do not.

    I also think the decision — while noble and generous — is flawed and foolish.

    My own view of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism — as someone who is herself half-Arab and lived in the Middle East for 8 years — is more cynical and, I am sorry to say, pessimistic. I think that most left-leaning well-intended liberals have this issue all wrong — and that deomocracy and the principles of the Enlightenment cannot and will not resonate with young men like the one you describe, until a full revolution has taken place in the minds and hearts of the 1 billion + Muslims in the world.

    Well-intended liberals would have us think that with gestures like this we can one day all live in tidy harmony with mosques and churches and synagogues all in a row. I do not believe it.

    The west continues to get Islam profoundly wrong — at its core. Anyone who has listened to an imam preach against the infidel in a Saudi mosque will understand that.

    I only hope that the majority of the families of those who died at the site of the WTC are not horrifically offended that our US government is welcoming a mosque to be built where it is entirely possible that, as happens imosques all over the world every day, vitriol and hatred will be preached in God’s name, and apostates and infidels like them and us (and like the poor innocents who were killed by the 9/11 terrorists) are wished dead.

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