I remember standing in the television aisle at Sams Club and seeing that plane slam into the tower. I burst into tears, and the person I love said gently, “If you want a television set, we’ll get one.” I don’t think he realized what I was watching, but . . .
It’s nine years later. We, as a national, have fallen into that sad state where the few represent the totality. For the tragic deaths on September 11th, we blamed, not just a group, not just a nation, but millions of people who share a religious belief. Today those millions of people, and probably most of the rest of the world, believe that one slightly off-kilter minister who wants to burn the Koran, speaks for all citizens of the United States. He doesn’t speak for me, but no one knows that because my personal code/morals/beliefs are not newsworthy. They are just the thoughts of a (senior) lady.
Should a Muslim mosque be built near the site of the Twin Towers. The United States is a country that permits free enterprise and so, if the group wishing to build the mosque obtained the land and can afford to build the mosque, following building codes and zoning regulations, our general rule is “let it be”. Personally, I think it’s simply a bad choice on the part of the proponents. That area in New York City will perpetually be a bruise on America’s heart. Good taste and good sense would dictate that you not bump into that bruise.
Sometimes circumstances call for a little sensitivity. Since we cannot legislate sensitivity (or morals/ethics), we must simply overlook the idjits that don’t speak or act for all of us.