US Politics Obama Years Public date: 25.02.2019 20:17:58

15 Aug 2010

A Muslim victim of 9 11 ‘Build your mosque somewhere else’

I was born in pre-revolutionary Iran. My family led a largely secular existence -- I did not attend a religious school, I never wore a headscarf -- but for us, as for anyone there, Islam was part of our heritage, our culture, our entire lives. Though I have nothing but contempt for the fanaticism that propelled the terrorists to carry out their murderous attacks on Sept. 11, I still have great respect for the faith. Yet, I worry that the construction of the Cordoba House Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center site would not promote tolerance or understanding; I fear it would become a symbol of victory for militant Muslims around the world.
I was born in pre-revolutionary Iran. My family led a largely secular existence -- I did not attend a religious school,...

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