I don’t care how many haters show up to “protest” the “mosque”… even if I am the only one to stand against them, I shall do so… they are profoundly wrong, and Christians shouldn’t capitulate in the face of evil… the New Martyrs didn’t, did they?
Do note in the Baptist press release that it mistakenly identifies the community centre as a mosque throughout the piece. That’s why so-called “conservatives” are being ill served by their media outlets. They’re not seeking out disparate voices, they’re only attending to those of their own camp, ergo, they’re ignorant and hold erroneous ideas. I have no illusions about the “War on Prayer” crowd, but they’re right on this one (and only this one), and you call me a “liberal” all you want… it doesn’t change my basic and conservative convictions.
There are two groups left out of this discussion and that proves the ill will and nastiness of the community centre opponents. Firstly, they ignore the Muslims killed at the WTC, both building tenants and emergency responders. Not once have any of the Tea Party phonies mentioned that. NOT ONCE. Why not? They’re just as dead… their families are just as grieved… they’re just as much victims of the terrorists as all the rest. Yet, the Tea Party spits on them and expects applause for spitting on them. That’s insane and beyond the pale! Don’t talk to me about the “feelings” of the relatives of the survivors. Soulless office seeking GOP politicians are manipulating them, exacerbating hatred and bigotry.
Secondly, the Tea Party hypocrites never say, “Let’s help rebuild the only church destroyed in the 9/11 tragedy!” Nope… not a word… utter silence from those loquacious bastards. I’ll tell them what to do… they could drop all opposition to the community centre and channel all their energies and resources to the rebuilding of St Nick’s. However, I’m not holding my breath… it’s not healthy. These posturing Sectarians aren’t Christians… this episode proves it.
If they were Christians in the classical sense of the word, they’d be praying for the repose of the souls of the victims (any Orthodox, Catholic, or Monophysite person knows this). They’d be saying mass/liturgy for the dead; they wouldn’t be waving placards and spreading hate. They’d be holding cross processions and lighting candles. It would be like the funeral of the three young men killed in the August events that led to the fall of the USSR. Two of the young men were Orthodox, whilst the other one was Jewish. There were two separate religious funerals, but there was a common procession to the cemetery, with both Orthodox and Jewish clergy participating (separately, of course). That’s the way it’s ‘sposed to be, folks.
Build the church and build the community centre… let’s honour all the dead of 9/11… not only a selected few. Stand up for what’s right! Let ‘em call you a commie or “liberal”… what’s right is right, and manipulating people’s grief for the sake of elective office is EVIL, no matter how thick or thin you slice it.
Wednesday 25 August 2010