Nine years after the attack on the World Trade Center, which killed almost 3,000 people, we are faced with a new 9/11 controversy- whether a huge mosque and cultural center should be built close to the W.T.C. site.
On the one side, there are those who say 'Absolutely Yes', citing our historic right to freedom of religion, while others say 'Certainly Not' (and want it moved away- or never built at all) out of respect for the families of those innocent people victimized by terrorism.
There is a case to be made for both points of view, but I believe both the proponents and opponents of the mosque have ignored the basic issue: the future safety of New Yorkers.
Just as the present construction of the Freedom Tower is just stupid, only a short distance from West Street (where a terrorist and/or lunatic could blow up a truck full of explosives, or steal a plane to crash into the future tower), building the mosque will be a red flag to all sorts of crazies wanting revenge for 9/11 or some future tragedy or attacked.
We should allow nothing to make New York City even more dangerous to those who live and work here. Since one of the two lots the mosque wants to use is reportedly under city control Mayor Bloomberg should Just Say No and make New York City residents and workers a little more safe in the years to come, instead of gambling with thousands of lives.
President, East Bayside Homeowners Association