English II CPA Period 3
22 September 2010
Why the Islamic Center Should Be Built
On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was destroyed. Many lives were lost, many were injured, and many were emotionally scarred. A terrorist group named Al Qaeda took responsibility for intentionally crashing jets into the World Trade Center because of hatred towards America. A plan to build an Islamic center near where the World Trade Center used to stand is causing national turmoil. The Islamic center definitely should be allowed to be built. This country is about religious freedoms, Islam is a very peaceful religion, and holding an entire group of people responsible for what a portion of them did is wrong.
One of this country’s core principles is the freedom of religion. The Pilgrims came to the Americas so they could freely practice their religion. King Henry VIII kept ...view middle of the document...
By restricting the Islamic center from being built, the country is one step closer to lacking religious freedoms. That would be giving the terrorists what they want. America needs to show separation from religion and government, and its infamous religious freedoms.
Too often, Islam is made to look like a violent religion, when in reality, it’s very peaceful. The media is making Muslims look bad. Many Americans believe that all Muslims are terrorists and that only Muslims are terrorists. There’s not a more ignorant way of thinking than that. In fact, the word Islam comes from the Arabic word “Salama,” where the word peace derives from as well. Every religion has extremists who will use their religion to justify mass homicides. Christians have tried poisoning water supplies to bring Jesus back faster, and bombed abortion clinics. Fundamentalists go as far as using Bible verses as a command to be serial killers. For example, David Berkowitz (better known as the Son of Sam), or Jeffrey Dahmer, who cannibalized the people he murdered and claimed Jesus told him to. Every religion has its extremists. It would be wrong to judge a whole religion because of some extremists, which leads me to my next point.
It is totally unfair to hold an entire group of people for what certain people in that group did. If America abides by that logic, then all white people will have to pay for what they did because of slavery. All groups of people are guilty of something, and but that shouldn’t mean we hold everyone in that group responsible. If so, everyone in the world has a lot to pay for. Nobody thinks of these things, but if a mosque should be restricted, then all of these things should be taken into consideration.
America was built on religious freedoms. It was the reason anyone migrated here in the first place. Nobody is in the position to stop anyone from worshipping where they want to. Islam is a very peaceful religion. By disallowing the mosque, then America is no better than the terrorists. Not all of them should have to take consequences for what a fraction of them did. The mosque should absolutely be allowed to be built.