No one can credibly claim that a private property owner doesn’t have the right to build a mosque if he chooses. Despite the straw-man set up by the mosque's proponents, the key issue at hand is not one of religious freedom—but rather of religious purpose. What is the purpose of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque?
It cannot be to meet some kind of need for a Muslim worship center. After all, there are already many mosques readily available to meet the needs of the Muslims in NYC who wish to worship.
It cannot be to foster peace and understanding. When a mosque shares the same religious creed as those who attacked us on 9/11 (and make no mistake that it does), it cannot foster peace any more than would a swastika foster peace with the Jews. Americans who are paying attention already have all the understanding of Islam that they need—furnished with crystalline clarity on that terrible day in 2001. No, a Ground Zero mosque will not furnish peace and understanding.
It cannot be to foster religious tolerance. Americans are already a very religiously tolerant people—unlike those citizens of majority Muslim countries where proselytizing may be a capital offense. Rather that foster tolerance, it aims to TEST tolerance—to see just much submission to political correctness we will abide; to see how much indignity we will tolerate. It is a measuring stick—to see how ripe for conquest we are, much as a farmer goes to inspect his crops to gauge the harvest. This measuring occurs all the time, and Osama bin Laden himself took the measure of us in Somalia and declared us fit for conquest. Would a Ground Zero mosque be evidence favoring the truth of his conclusion, or of its falsehood?
The purpose of the Ground Zero mosque only makes sense when viewed you understand that its purpose is to humiliate.
Land in Manhattan is expensive. On lower Manhattan, extremely expensive. For this reason, it has come to be dominated by massive high-rises funding by very deep pockets. It is perhaps the least cost-effective location on which to build a mosque that could be imagined. Not only that, but the developer paid in this present economic downturn a substantial price premium for the property over the previous price paid during the real-estate boom of the mid-decade. Yet, this location is the desired one. WHY? Why not build 10 mosques elsewhere with the same money? Perhaps the money could build 100 other mosques in other parts of the US. Why is that property worth so much money to this Muslim developer and not to anyone else?
Rather than meet the needs of the Muslims in many other locations, the Mosque developers have elected to build rather one very large Mosque in a location already served.
Only as a trophy does it make sense, like the Ka’aba was built and filled trophies of early Christendom.
Only as a trophy does it make sense, like the Dome of the Rock built directly on top of the ancient Jewish Temple Mount. Can the message be any clearer?
Are we sufficiently out of tune that we will miss the message they are sending to us?
I guess that in the end, it sure beats the proposed location depicted below by Michael Ramirez: