My own personal feelings about the negative reaction to a Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan are disgust and anger. Notice I said community center – why? because that’s what it would be. Notice I said Lower Manhattan – why? because that’s where the building is located.
Not a terrorism hive dripping in blood constructed on the remains of firefighters.
I googled and binged (yes I am a research dynamo) “9/11 families feelings about Ground Zero Mosque”
After half a page of crap about Obama turning his back on “the families” and idiotic suppositions about his religion I found Frank Tatum.
From this ARTICLE ...
Frank Tatum lost his mother on 9/11.
"I think about it everyday. I miss her warmth and her smile. She was probably the most unselfish person I've ever met in my entire life" says Tatum.
Mr. Tatum goes on to say …
"I think it's important not to give into the hysteria. We do have religious freedom. I know the wounds are still very open, myslef included but you have to look at the big picture. You can't practice these freedoms only when it suits us. You have to practice them all along"
If you visit the link above you can see and hear Mr. Tatum talk about his Mom.
You have to practice them all along. Maybe that’s what’s going so wrong in this counry. We are so complacent yet arrogant about our freedoms that we don’t truly consider them.
Perhaps we need to practice more.
I also came across Donna Marsh O’Connor. She lost her pregnant daughter on 9/11. She is a founding member of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Ms. Marsh O’Connor points out that …
“ …few of the people who originated the fight were actually affiliated with the 9/11 families.”
"There is no simple, singular 9/11 group who really should or could speak for all 9/11 family members"
This ARTICLE has more from Ms. Marsh O’Connor along with a slideshow that gives you a view of the entire Lower Manhattan area. It is much more than Ground Zero and I think it’s important to know that.
Finally – I link you to THIS PIECE where actual family members pro and con are quoted.
May All Gods Bless All Americans
aerial view of the neighborhood that is Lower Manhattan