The opposition to the proposed Cordoba Islamic Center, near Ground Zero, is based on the false premise that Islam or some radical interpretation of it caused 9-11. [Please see my article, “9-11 and The Biggest Lie in America,” on this web page]. Numerous myths have been created to oppose this Islamic Center, some of which are so ludicrous that they need not be answered. We will expose some of these myths and provide explanations, so reasonable non-Muslims could understand and have a better understanding of the position of those who are supporting this project:
MYTH 1: The Ground Zero Mosque is opposed by the families of the victims of 9-11.
Response: Who has surveyed 9-11 families and why the feelings of the families of two-dozen or so Muslims who were killed in 9-11 any less important? Even if the families oppose the mosque because of wrong reasons, they need to be educated that Islam is not the enemy and that the motivations of 9-11 hijackers were not religious.
MYTH 2: There are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia, and therefore this mosque must be opposed.
Response: Saudis do not even allow mosques of other Muslims sects, so why would they allow Christian Churches or Synagogues? Having said that, the entire non-Muslim population of Saudi Arabia consists of expatriates. It is transient and not likely to stay in Saudi Arabia forever. So, if there are no non-Muslims who are permanent residents of Saudi Arabia, who would eventually own and run these churches and synagogues? Should Saudi imports Christian preachers and rabbis just to prove that they are tolerant?
There are thousands of Christian churches in the Muslim world, even if there aren’t any in Saudi Arabia. In Karachi, Pakistan, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1845, is right in the city center. A brand new Catholic church was recently constructed in Qatar. Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Syria, Nigeria and several other Muslim countries have large Christian populations.
MYTH 3: It’s a sensitivity issue, not an issue of religious rights.
Response: Why are people of other faiths being asked anyway if they would ‘allow’ the construction of a mosque? If Christians are asked if they want a Hindu temple in their neighborhood, they too might say, no. In this case sensitivity is bigotry, borne of false analogies and a myth that Muslims are collectively responsible for 9-11 and therefore must accept their status as second-class citizens of this country.
Myth 4: It’s a “Victory Mosque.” Muslims are building it as a monument to their victory on 9-11, and that’s why they named it “Cordoba.”
Response: Muslim population, which a tiny minority in the United States, has not “conquered” the United States, nor does it have any desire to do so. The events of 9-11 were nothing but tragic and can hardly be described as a victory. The proposed Islamic Center will be called Cordoba because Cordoba was a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews could live together, hold intellectual debates, and promote arts and learning.