I have had many debates about this Cultural Center near the remains of the World Trade Center. For me, it is not just about upholding our constitution, it is about expressing to the world that as Americans we truly believe in our Democracy, that we are not hypocrites, that we are NOT afraid of Islam.
My brother who lives in NYC fully supports this center. People who I know that survived the attack on 9/11, support this center.
I read a wonderful article on the Imam, sent my way from a dear friend who is Muslim, and we had a wonderful exchange. Before people go screaming in fear and hysteria, I would recommend reading this very informative piece on the imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man who had the vision and dream for this project.
I wanted to share story by NPR, for it gave me hope that maybe in all this fear, anger and hatred, their is hope after all.