Charles Krauthammer (The Washington Post)-
A place is made sacred by a widespread belief that it was visited by the miraculous or the transcendent (Lourdes, the Temple Mount), by the presence there once of great nobility and sacrifice (Gettysburg), or by the blood of martyrs and the indescribable suffering of the innocent (Auschwitz). When we speak of Ground Zero as hallowed ground, what we mean is that it belongs to those who suffered and died there — and that such ownership obliges us, the living, to preserve the dignity and memory of the place, never allowing it to be forgotten, trivialized or misappropriated …
It’s why, while no one objects to Japanese cultural centers, the idea of putting one up at Pearl Harbor would be offensive. And why Pope John Paul II ordered the Carmelite nuns to leave the convent they had established at Auschwitz. He was in no way devaluing their heartfelt mission to pray for the souls of the dead. He was teaching them a lesson in respect: This is not your place; it belongs to others. However pure your voice, better to let silence reign.
The liberals are naturally furious with Krauthammer because we know from experience that the more
"progressive" someone is, the more they seem to be immune to outrages such as this one.
Nobody objects to Muslims building a place of worship, but many people including me object most strenuously to having them build it THERE.
It has nothing to do with race, but the murderers who perpetrated this attack on US Soil did it in the name of Islam. They also murdered Islamic people. As Krauthammer suggests, a monument of apology in the name of Islam somewhere like the Battery Park would be appropriate. A mosque anywhere near Ground Zero is an outrage of the worst sort.