Sacred space group presentation question

Do you think that the mosque on the ground zero site should be demolished because of the September 11 attacks or should it stay and further be constructed for things like prayer space, recreational facilities, and interfaith workshops for the Muslims in the community and why?

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15 responses to “Sacred space group presentation question

  1. The destruction of one sacred space won’t do any justice for the past destruction of another. Especially since both sacred spaces have absolutely nothing to do with each other. The radical muslims are not what the Mosque represents, just as the christian church does not represent the Ku Klux Klan despite the christian beliefs of Klan members. If the presence of a Mosque two blocks away from ground zero is emotionally disturbing or displeasing to some of those who lost loved ones to the attack, then those emotionally displeased people are simply being ignorant for finding Muslims and terrorists to be synonymous or even similar. Arguing that the mosque devalues and disrespects the sentimental value of ground zero seems like a tactic to generate pity in an effort to cover up an obvious prejudice against Muslims.

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  2. I disagree with the idea that it should be demolished. It’s ridiculous to blame the entire Muslim faith for the actions of extremists. Those pushing the demolition seem to forget the vital detail of who is to blame for the attack: Extremists.
    Additionally, this proposal creates a ‘us’ or ‘them’ habitat and further breeds islamophobia. Muslims mourn the 9/11 attack as we do, they have the right to identify as American as any other. I sympathize with the families who lost their loved mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, etc. but removing this pre-existing mosque is not the solution. We don’t demolish the churches we planted on the lands of the Native Americans despite the terrorism of the Christians.

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  3. As the topic was brought up in class today, it reflected on a topic that has been active ever since. As I stated in class discussion today, the Muslims have created a bad rap for themselves from the actions of many extremist. In my opinion it would be very narrow-minded to believe that these actions should classify an entire group. It should go without say that this is not how all Muslims act. People are scared of the unknown, many people in America are so strong willed towards this group because they are not knowledgable of what goes on outside of States. They believe what they see on the news and thus a stereotype begins.But to get to the point, I think that the Mosque should not be moved, but i also believe that it should not expend for possible views of intrudement onto the Ground Zero grounds

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  4. I completely agree with the comment above, because demolishing that Mosque would be unfair and cruel to the Muslims who use it as their sacred space. The Muslim religion is not at fault for 9/11, just the minimal percentage of extremists are. We shouldn’t judge millions of Muslims due to a much smaller group of extremists.

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  5. I, too disagree with the idea of demolishing the mosque. It is not fair to think a certain classification of people more worthy of a sacred place than another. It is also not right to blame one religion, in this case the muslims for something they didn’t have control over, it was a group of extremist which I’m sure don’t even make up to even half of the population of muslims.

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  6. This is a great question; I think that the mosque should stay where it’s at. If the mosque was going to replace the ground zero site then there would be a problem, but since it’s not there is no problem with it being where it is. Why would we demolish something like a mosque when it such a sacred place for people to go and the same goes for the ground zero site. It was the extremists fault for what had happened, we shouldn’t punish all the Muslim people for what the extremists did

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  7. I believe this question is sensitive due to the fact, that what happened on September 11 was horrifying and something so unexpected. The mosque should not be demolished at all. Why? It is something so scared and special for everyone to actually pray, and express their every prayer. Muslims, are humans beings just like any other person with different belief and a different culture, why blame the muslims and demolish the mosque. I find it, no purpose to destroy something that they can be themselves and express their feelings towards the tragic event on September 11.

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  8. I don’t think it should be demolished because the entire Muslim faith is not to blame for the 9/11 attacks. Even though the extremists were of Islamic faith, it does not mean all Muslims are extremists. Just like not all Christians back in the day were in favor of what happened to the Native Americans, as we saw Daniel in the movie begin to favor the Native American way of life. And to add even more emphasis, not all Germans were in favor of Hitler’s holocaust! There is always going to be someone or something that ruins it for the rest of us, but that’s no reason to lessen our faith in humanity.

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  9. I agree with all of the comments above. It is sad to see that people are so quick to generalize and judge in our world. I understand how some people would be upset at the fact that the mosque is so close to such a significant place, but the mosque is also significant to the people of that faith and they should not be to blame for another person’s actions.

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  10. I definitely don’t think that the mosque on the ground zero site should be demolished. Yes, September 11 was a tragic event that affected millions of people but that doesn’t justify the fact that we have to discriminate all Muslim people. Ever since 9/11 Muslims have been stereotyped to be terrorist which they’re NOT!. its such an ignorant way of thinking.

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  11. I did some further research on this and It turns out there was a Muslim prayer room on the 17th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center, where Americans and other traveling Muslims prayed every day. I definitely don’t think that the mosque near ground zero should be demolished. I feel like its completely irrelevant. Just because the twin towers were attacked by Muslims does not mean they should go and destroy something that may not even have to do

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  12. I did some further research on this and It turns out there was a Muslim prayer room on the 17th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center, where Americans and other traveling Muslims prayed every day. People lost enough with the twin towers. Americans weren’t the only ones that building, people with different types of cultures and religion were in there too. I definitely don’t think that the mosque near ground zero should be demolished. I feel like its completely irrelevant. Just because the twin towers were attacked by Muslims does not mean they should go and destroy something that may not even have to do with the Muslims that attend this mosque. People are so quick to assume and hate others with out really having a valid reason. The mosque should stay up and this should not even be a question.

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  13. I do not think that the mosque should be demolished. I think that it would be very selfish to blame an entire muslim community for the actions of others (extremists). It’s 2015, we should be able to coexist. I understand that people who lost loved ones are probably feeling a lot of anger and animosity, but they’re feeling this way towards people who weren’t necessarily responsible for what happened that day. It would be one thing to say that we’re now beginning to build a new mosque in place of the twin towers, but that’s not the case; the mosque predated 9/11 and even if we say that they can’t build on, demolition is a bit extreme and unfair to those who worship there.

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  14. According to the First Amendment, citizens have a right to practice their religion in the comfort of their choosing. Aside from governmental aspects, I believe the mosque deserves the same freedoms every other religion obtains. Therefore, seeing as there are other churches founded on ground zero, we have no right to refuse the practice of Islamic religion simply because of where they’re from. America, a country that stands for bravery and freedom, has allowed racism and fear to obstruct its views and conduct its decisions.
    The Muslim religion, in my opinion, does not correlate to the Septmeber 11 attacks. The tragic event was birthed from a terrorist group by the name of Al Qaeda. Although they committed their attacks under the name of the Muslim God, their tactics severely veer away from the practices and beliefs of the religion.

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  15. I don’t think the mosque near the ground zero site should be demolished. I don’t agree with blaming a whole religious group for the actions of a minority, especially when that minority are a group of extremist. Destroying the mosque would go against a lot of ideologies for which the twin towers stood for. Both groups should be allowed to retain their sacred space.
    -Felipe Forero

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