I’m undecided on this one. I guess if American culture as a whole thought building a Mosque within 2 blocks of the WTC was ‘inappropriate’ then maybe they would have to be a bit contradictory on this point, and not embrace the multiculturalism they so espouse.
I just wanted to clarify that I’m not that sympathetic to those American Christians that feel their ‘Christian nation’ is under attack. This is mainly because I don’t believe in ‘Christian nations’. After reading the bible for decades I don’t see any evidence that such a thing can or should exist.
It’s one of those tricky ‘separation of church and state’ issues. While Christians are theologically united by Christ’s death and resurrection into a new kingdom, the universal church, we are also to work for the good of the societies we live in. As far as I can tell, the New Testament gospels and letters are all about how Christians should be honouring their secular leaders. Paul even insisted of that in his letter to the Roman Christians, and just think about who they had leading them!
Having read some of the Koran it does seem there are verses to encourage theocratic rule in that book. So the place of Islam in modern democracies remains an interesting question! However, as this Mosque is 2 blocks away from the WTC, and is going to have a family swimming pool, I have some sympathy for the author who wrote:
So if this is a continuation of the terrorist agenda as claimed, it’s been a peculiar plan, and Bin Laden must have started by telling his followers: “First we will destroy their buildings — and then, oo it’s so deliciously evil, we will get people to swim near to where the buildings were … mwaHAHAHAHAHA.”