As much as I hate to bring up political (or whatever you may call this) issues, I just feel the need to express my feelings on this and get opinions. This morning I was talking to my mom and she brought up the whole thing about the mosque that is considering to be built near ground zero. Please bear in mind, I only know the bare bones of this story, so if I miss something, feel free to fill me in.
Background on my politics and religion, I'm very odd when it comes to both. As far as my religion, I'm Catholic, but I don't let the religion run my life like many. I buy into more of a modern view of it, as my church is very modern. I don't have any issues with things like gay lifestyles, as I feel people should be free to love whoever they want. I have never been able to have a solid opinion on abortion because I think that is a situation you really need to be in to have a viewpoint on it. It's too serious a thing for me to think I know what someone who actually goes through it really feels. And finally, I don't want children, which I found older Catholics think is an awful thing. That's it, I think. As far as politics, I'm neither one way or the other. I don't feel someone can be because there are some things I agree with and some I disagree with. I like and dislike things in both the Republican and Democratic parties. I guess overall, I find it very annoying that people are shoveled into labeled groups within religion and poiltics because it only causes problems and stereotypes.
Both my mom and I had the same feelings regarding this. We both feel it is more of a political thing than anything. I think that when it comes to the ground zero area, there should be a memorial. I don't think that is too much to ask and I can't find to many people who would argue it. I also can't believe that EVERY Muslim thinks it's a good idea to build a mosque in that area. That's a belief that I have seen all over the place and I just don't buy it. I'm not the only one who sees this as being a bad idea because if it gets built, violence will ensue. It just will. I can't imagine being a New Yorker right now or, God forbid, one of the families of those killed on 9/11. It would just be so hard.
It's a rather simple opinion, I guess. It all comes back to me wishing that people weren't grouped together. I didn't realize all the hatred toward Catholics until I was older because I don't push my religion on people, nor do I criticize others' beliefs. I didn't know about the massive stereotypes about Americans until I started really playing around online because I don't really fall into those stereotypes. I love all cultures because I find them very interesting and don't see how others don't feel the same. Grouping and stereotypes suck.
A final note, since I'm on a ranty little deal here: to the girl at the Slayer show the other night with the shaved head and the large swastika tattooed on her skull...really? What the fuck is wrong with you? I had to throw that in just because it has been bothering me since then and it kind of goes in with the whole grouping thing.
Until next time...