I know how tempting it would be to say "absolutely not" to that question, but think about the consequences of such an answer. From what I understand, this mosque is being built by private financing, on privately owned land, only a couple blocks from the sight of the worst terrorist attack on American soil. It's being vilified and attacked already by the teabaggers and bigots as "insensitive", "evil" and "disgraceful". But what is insensitive, evil and disgraceful (as well as stupid and ignorant) is the sheer arrogance of these people to openly attack their cherished Constitution.
While it's true that the attackers on 9/11 were Muslim, they do not represent all of Islam. And unless someone can show that this Islamic cultural center (and mosque) are being financed by illegitimate terrorist organizations, I don't see how anyone could possibly say it should be stopped, unless they want to dismantle the essential freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution.
The First Amendment states that we have the freedoms of religious expression, assembly and speech. The calls by the bigots and teabaggers to stop this planned construction violate every single one of those freedoms. Can't they figure that out?
- If you say we shouldn't allow the mosque because it's not "our" religion -- that violates the free expression clause.
- If you say we shouldn't allow it because it would let Muslims congregate and organize near the site of the attack, that violates the free assembly clause.
- If you say we shouldn't allow it because the imams might preach something you don't agree with, that violates the free speech clause.
If these ignorant savages had any sense at all, they'd realize that what they're doing is calling for a theocratic dictatorship. If that's what they want, I suggest they all move away, because this country was founded and has remained (mostly) a secular representative republic that is founded on the principles of personal liberty and freedom, not draconian Christian Dominionism. That sort of theocratic, authoritarian dictator-led government has been tried before, and is still functioning in many nations around the globe. Maybe the teabaggers would feel more comfortable over there -- like Iran, Yemen or North Korea. Personally, I wouldn't mind shipping all of them off to someplace like that. Maybe after a few months under those governments, they'd understand the need for the freedoms and liberties that are ascertained by our Constitution.
Come on, America. Be a bigger, more inclusive, more tolerant, and more honest nation. If you truly cherish and respect the Constitution that our nation was founded on, don't let the bigots and idiots run the place.