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Ground Zero: “As we forgive those…”

August 27th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I lost my faith a long time ago, but I’ll bet that most of the people making loud noises about the Park 51 Community Center (a.k.a. the “Ground Zero Mosque”) consider themselves good Christians.

Every day, or at least once a week, these people say the following to their God:

“forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”

If one wants to live according to true Christian values, one has to forgive the 9/11 hijackers.

The things is—the people who are building this community center are NOT the 9/11 hijackers. They had nothing to do with 9/11. In fact one of their primary goals in building the center is to promote understanding of Islam and push back against the animosity that has risen against Islam in the wake of 9/11.

But not only do these “good Christians” not forgive the 9/11 hijackers (and personally, I don’t blame them for that) but they direct their anger and their hatred at a group of one and a half billion people, 99.9999999873% of whom were not responsible at all for the attacks.

Now at least they’re no longer saying that Muslims should be deprived of the right to build a mosque (that was too much Constitutional-hypocrisy even for them), but they’re saying that these Muslims should build somewhere else out of “sensitivity”.

We’re not saying you have to sit at the back of the bus, Ms. Parks, but you should be sensitive to those who think you don’t belong there and sit somewhere else.

We’re not saying you can’t build a synagogue, Jews, but you should be sensitive to those who blame you for killing Jesus and not build near any churches.

We’re not saying you can’t get married or serve in the military, gay people, but you should be sensitive to those who might not want…oh wait…right. You still can’t do either of those things.

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

Neither blacks nor Jews nor gays nor Muslims have actually trespassed against these people, but they refuse to forgive them anyhow. Apparently they don’t even listen to their own prayers.

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