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- Aug 27, 2005
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- Houston, TX
- Political Leaning
NEW YORK — The imam behind plans for an Islamic community center near ground zero writes in a newspaper that the facility will include "separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths."
The national debate over the center has focused on plans to include a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (rah-OOF') writes that the attention surrounding the project "reflects the degree to which people care about the very American values under debate."
This is fantastic. Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other faiths, essentially praying together in the same building. Yes, I know, separate spaces, but this will do much to bridge the gap between our various religions. And, after all, isn't worshiping a loving God something we all have in common? Let the extremists, wherever they are, piss and moan, and let those who love the Lord God celebrate. This IS what America is all about, folks.
I would like to see something like this become a model that will inspire religious people throughout the entire world to build more projects like this. And that, one day, we Americans will be known not for our differences, but for what binds us all together as Americans. I've said it before, and I will say it again. America is a beacon. Let it continue to be so.
This July, America celebrated 234 years of awesomeness, but as awesome as we are, our best days are ahead of us. God bless America, and God bless all of her people, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or any other religion.
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