Last week, as I was reading Shannon Wearing's letter about the proposed mosque/community center near Ground Zero in New York City, I got the impression that she was, at best, insensitive and, at worst, heartless. After finishing, I concluded that she was most likely just naive and uninformed. This does not excuse her thoughtlessness concerning the families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
What I found most revealing was her remark that the building of the Islamic Center was "akin to building a church near the site of the Murrah Federal Building." When I read that I thought, "incredible." A better example would be building a shrine to Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City or a synagogue in Mecca.
Keep in mind, the building of a mosque/community center or whatever they are calling it today is seen by millions of Muslims around the world as a test of America. If we accept this insult it shows that we are weak as they have been told we are.
Ms. Wearing would have us believe that if we would just try to understand the people behind the mosque everything would be just fine. As a lifelong student of history who has actually read the Quran (I once owned an English translation), I do not share Ms. Wearing's illusions.
At this point most people add something like "most Muslims are not like that" or "most Muslims oppose terrorism." Well, let's hear from the Muslim community...the silence is deafening.
These days you are smart, sophisticated and cool if you attack Jews and Christians but "understand" the Muslims' anger at the West. I find such a view naive and immature.
Having said all that, it is still my sincere hope that the Muslim community joins with the overwhelming majority of Americans and rejects this plan for a Ground Zero mosque.