In the past few weeks a plan to build a mosque and community center, just blocks away from the World Trade Center city, led by cleric Feisal Abdul Rauf, has been debated across the country and the globe.
Nine years after the attack by Al Qaeda terrorists, there are still very raw feelings and very open judgment against an entire population of Americans, many of who left their countries because of the oppression they felt at home.
I know a lot of Muslims. Most, if not all, have been impacted negatively by the 9-11 attacks. Most have been looked at as terrorists when nothing could be further from the truth.
There’s a lot of “they” and “us” discussion going on, as if a religion is the enemy.
The real terrorists in the latest debate are not the Muslims, but the “real Americans” who divide and pander with hate. The real terrorists are stoking fear of people who don’t look like “us” and don’t believe like us. The real terrorists want to restrict speech and access to information. The real terrorists attack our Constitution by amendment. The real terrorists lie within our borders and look like us.
All of these issues indicate the terrorists who did blow up the World Trade Center have won. They’ve created an atmosphere of distrust and hate at home. They’ve attacked us at our weakest point, our inability to get past the hate we feel for them and the fear we have of them.
In the end, hate destroys the hater, not the hated. As bad as this was, we need to get past this, or it will destroy us.