Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ground Zero NYC / Ground Zero NOLA

I'm intrigued by the debate over whether an Islamic Center and mosque should be built near the 9/11 Ground Zero in New York. (I'm intrigued only by the reasonable voices of goodwill in the debate. This excludes you, Fox News.)

To try an analogy that New Orleanians might get, how's this? Saying that a mosque shouldn't be built near Ground Zero in NYC is a bit like saying a civil engineering firm shouldn't be able to build a new office near one of the levee breaks in NOLA.

Why conflate the acts of a few idiots with an entire group?

I'm so impressed with what Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York has said about the proposed mosque:

“What is great about America, and particularly New York, is we welcome everybody, and if we are so afraid of something like this, what does that say about us?” Mr. Bloomberg asked recently.

“Democracy is stronger than this,” he added. “And for us to just say no is just, I think — not appropriate is a nice way to phrase it.”

Either we let freedom reign at Ground Zero, or we restrict everybody and build a John Lock / John Stuart Mill / John Rawls Museum.

I prefer the former.