Saturday, May 8, 2010
In the article, "Mosque to go up near New York's ground zero," reported by CNN, it described the torrent of emotion pulling at the hearts and souls of Americans and Muslims as plans for a mosque just two blocks away from ground zero are being put into action. Many Americans are happy that the Islamic religion is trying to make a better name for itself. Marvin Bethena, a paramedic at ground zero on 9/11, said, "I think it's the right thing to do, I lost 16 friends down there. But Muslims also got killed on 9/11. It would be a good sign of faith that we're not condemning all Muslims and that the Muslims who did this happened to be extremists. As a black man, I know what it's like to be discriminated against when you haven't done anything." However, this doesn't stop other Americans from being upset. Many of the families of the victims of 9/11 are extremely upset with the city allowing the mosque to be built and some are even protesting. What does this mean for the world? My belief is this effort proves that forgiveness is possible from the greatest of sins to the smallest offense and as I said in my Change the World paper, "forgiveness is taught in the Bible, Torah, and the Koran."