The Conservative View
by Russell Turner
Deep Wounds and Scars
I was taught that there is a time and place for everything. For example I was taught to be respectful in church and not to interrupt the preacher when he is giving the sermon. When attending a meeting, it would be impolite to talk while the speaker is giving a speech. When attending a funeral, you wouldn’t even contemplate trying to do business or selling the mourners a product or some service. With those values that my parents gave to me, I have some concerns about some news coming from New York City and the proposed construction of a Muslim Mosque within two blocks of the World Trade Center.
I am not the kind of person that wants to start a holy war with any other religions. The fact remains that the terrorists that destroyed the World Trade Center were Muslims, if the roles had been reversed and a group of Christian fanatics had destroyed buildings in Saudi Arabia and killed over 3000 people in the process, out of respect for the dead I would not attempt to build a church within two blocks of the crime scene. It is strange to me that we keep hearing that Islam is a peaceful religion, but the ones that are making that claim are, for the most part, not a member of the Islam religion.
I feel that if the religion is truly peaceful, the factions that believe in peaceful co-existence should be speaking out against the barbarianism of the fanatical sects of the Islamic faith and join the rest of the civilized world and treat them like the murdering criminals that they are. It is also my understanding that the fanatical factions group the world into two camps. The first being the countries that believe in Islam and number 2 being the rest of the world that they are at war with until judgment day. In their eyes, if you don’t prescribe to their brand of religion it is their duty to kill you. If there are factions that truly respect other people’s beliefs they should make a strong statement to that effect and totally distance themselves from the murderers that killed over 3000 people on 9/11. September 11th is a deep wound upon our nation and the scars are still very visible. During WW 2, the Japanese made a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor which killed many Americans, but at least after the war they had the respect not to build a Shinto shrine on Pearl Harbor.
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