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Joe Marconi

Why I Oppose the Ground Zero Mosque

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Why I Oppose the Ground Zero Mosque


I do not dispute the constitutional right to build a mosque 2 blocks away from where Islamic terrorists flew two jet planes into the World Trade Center Buildings, killing nearly 3,000 people. I do question the morality and intention of such act. Why there? What would we say if a Nazi organization planned on building an educational center next to the concentration camp at Auschwitz?


I am a New Yorker, born and raised in the City. I watched those Towner being built, I watched them burn down to the ground on that infamous day, September 11, 2001. I have customers and friends who battled that day, risking their own lives to save others. I organized fund raisers to help families who lost loved ones. Friends of mine who were there that day told me, with tears in their eyes, as they watch their coworkers jump to their death from the windows of the towers.


Maybe I am too emotional to think rational, but to me, this mosque is an act of provocation, a symbol of triumph for a twisted ideology that considers anyone but Muslim an enemy.


This country was founded on principles, one of which is the freedom of religion. Another is the separation of the Church and State. I am not questioning the constitution, only the strategic location and reasoning behind this mosque.

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