America: the few, the Proud, the Pigheaded. ppr

If there is no legal precedent that would lead a

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If there is no legal precedent that would lead a court to prohibit the construction of this building, then despite all of the rioting and backlash, the building is allowed to be built, assuming that it abides by the local laws of the neighborhood of lower Manhattan. American Muslims are making a real effort to bridge their religious beliefs with that of the American culture, but the Islamophobia, disguised as innocent concern, that is being portrayed in response to these efforts by the opposition is constricting this potential progress. Because of the Bill of Rights, building the Islamic community center and mosque morphs from “If Rauf can build…” to “If Rauf should build”. It becomes more a question of whether or not the building is a good idea; if not for the direct community of Manhattan and Park51, then the country that this tragedy has just as equally effected. It seems as though Americans simply cannot fathom reminders of such a devastating tragedy, especially one so close to home. On September 11, 2001 the Al-Qaedan hijackers intentionally crashed two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Doing so, everyone on board and many working in the buildings were killed and both towers collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging some others. Do some Americans fear individuals of Muslim faith because of it? Sure, though their fears are misguided, but that fear should never be validated on the premise that all Muslim leaders and followers are in agreeance with the actions of the extremists that committed these horrible crimes. The leaders behind the Islamic community
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