I am amazed that this story still keeps going around and around but earlier this week the NY Times published another story quoting former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani said that building a “mosque near ground zero is offensive to families of 9/11 victims and should be built elsewhere.” He went on further to say that, “if you are a healer, you do not go forward with this project. If you’re a warrior, you do.”
I find this rationale rather disturbing and these statements borderline racist or at a minimum with religious prejudice. When “white” and “Catholic” terrorist Timothy McVeigh decided to attack his country killing 168 people and injuring 450 (with nineteen of the victims being small children and babies in the day care center on the second floor) he was not labeled as one of “those Catholic terrorists.” We did not round up all of the Catholics in the country and demand information on their loyalty to the USA or the affiliations to the Catholic Church. So how is it that America was not up in arms with what happened next… the Catholics of St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral built a “shrine in remembrance” of the event on the site (see location)! Remember that this is the same Catholic Church that started killing unbelievers as early as the 4th century. The killing (often with torture) of heretics, church splinter groups, dissenters, atheists, agnostics, deists, pagans, infidels and unbelievers was supported by almost all mainstream Christian theology for over a thousand years, starting with the intolerant St. Augustine (died 430 AD). The Catholics are no less culpable for the heinous acts commited in the history of their religion.
So Mr. Giuliani (Roman Catholic) how easy is it for you to lump the 19 September 11th hijackers in with the rest of their law-abiding Muslim citizens in this country but neglect the fact that your Catholic brothers and sisters have already raised a statue as a shrine of remembrance on the hallowed ground of the OKC National Memorial in Oklahoma City, OK? Do you not think that the “shrine” might be found offensive to families of victims and should it have not been built elsewhere?