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23 August 2010 @ 03:43 pm
Opinionated blog...  

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...
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Lady Mansonladymanson on August 23rd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Okay, see having only heard the general outline of this story, I had heard that it was going to be RIGHT there in the vicinity of the site. And again, it's difficult to trust anything you read these days, as a lot of it is people overreacting. If it is in an area like you stated, I honestly don't see an issue with it. But then again, I don't know every little detail.

I love that you made the comment that you felt you don't have the right to have an opinion on it because it mirrors the way I feel about many other issues. So many people feel they need to stick their viewpoints into EVERYTHING. I find that very sickening.
turquoisetumult: [SPN] Samturquoisetumult on August 23rd, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Um, I just popped by to say YES to your entire second paragraph. I wish there were more flexible people like that in the world. It would solve a lot of problems and prevent a lot of violence.

And yes, grouping sucks. Especially when you consider that race and religion are separate entities! (Like, I know of Arabic Christians who just get lumped with Muslims, who in turn, unfortunately, get lumped with terrorists. It's crazy...)
Kerri: Lost | Jackkaczurda on August 25th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about this issue a lot recently, because I am a New Yorker and it's seriously on the news every day/night. And I don't want to sound like I'm judgmental or anything, but I feel like sharing my opinion.

Well, to start this off, it's not really a "mosque" - it's a 15 story community center with an Islamic prayer room. Not exactly "at" Ground Zero, either. It's 2 blocks away and around a corner. And there are some arguments in favor of the construction of the building because 300 of those killed on 9/11 were Muslim.

But that being said... I am totally against the construction of this building. Everyone wants to say that building this center will improve relations between Muslims and Americans, but I just don't buy it. if anything, it will make them worse. And I'll admit, I've had trouble and still to this day have trouble not judging Muslims and thinking of them in a negative light, but I really do try to not group them all into the same category. But I feel like... out of ALL the places in New York City they could build this center, they have to make it so close to a site where people have died and suffered so much pain? And not only did they suffer, they suffered because some insane terrorists believed in this extremist version of Islam. And I say again, I do not think Islam is a bad religion, nor do I think that Muslims are bad people. I just think that by building this center, the terrorists will have something to gloat about. Because that's what they like to do, piss off the American people, and gloat about how they carried out 9/11. They attacked us in the name of their religion and I just think it's disrespectful to put this center so close to Ground Zero when they could build it somewhere else and avoid brewing all this hatred and reminding people of their pain.

Then again, I'm also not entirely sold on building a memorial at Ground Zero, either. To be honest, I wish they could just leave it the way it is... empty. So then every time someone passes by and looks at the NYC skyline, you realize something is missing... I just don't think that anything they build there could replace what was lost.

Sorry for such a long post. D: