I just don’t understand. After graduating from seminary I have began to question many things in society. Not just religion, but also the use of religion to control people, the use of race to divide people, the way that society labels groups of people, and so on. I am going to try to keep these post closely associated with just open and brief religious thoughts and observations, but there may be times that I seek to question other things. I actually assumed that there was something going on with my faith at this time, but I realized that seminary had opened my thoughts so that my faith could be strengthened. This blog is such at an untimely manner, but I remember during seminary (I graduated in 2011), I read an article about a church at ground zero in New York City that was not allowed to rebuild. Here is a snippet of the article…
“The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, once a tiny, four-story building in the shadows of lower Manhattan, was destroyed in 2001 by one of the falling World Trade Center towers. Nobody from the church was hurt in the attack, but the congregation has, for the past eight years, been trying to rebuild its house of worship.”
I first felt that this was possibly due to safety reasons as the church complained, but I had no idea of what else was going on in the city. The church wasn’t allowed to build but less than a few blocks away, still in ground zero, a mosque and Islamic school were being allowed to be built. Here is the link to that article… http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/08/18/why-can-a-mosque-get-built-at-ground-zero-but-a-christian-church-cant-get-rebuilt/.
I thought that maybe there were some political powers at play here due to the size of the Orthodox Church in America which there are only 6 million Orthodox Christians (http://oca.org/questions/namerica/how-many-orthodox). So I thought that maybe there were so many more Muslims in the US and NYC that the Port Authority felt they were politically pressured to allow the mosque to be built. The fact of the matter is that there are only 2.8 million muslims in the US (http://www.adherents.com/largecom/com_islam_usa.html).
So why the big push for Islam in the United States? Why are we going out of our way to make the minority feel comfortable? These are my thoughts. I feel that the US knew that there could be a backlash towards muslims in the United States after 9/11, the Boston Bombing, the London attacks, and so on…. sadly so on…
If heterosexuality was the minority CHOICE of life in our country, do you really think that the overbearing Gay and Lesbian groups of our country would allow heterosexuals to marry, adopt children, or have rights? No way! They would want to keep things their way. What about muslims? If muslims were the majority of this country Christians would be executed for their beliefs. Don’t believe me? Look at Saudi Arabia where the center, Mecca, of Islam is and see how they treat Christians. I am not saying that we should return the favor to these groups, but if the majority of the country continues to give in, then what will happen to the rights of the majority. Its like you have more rights in this country if you are a non-Christian. We are so afraid of upsetting our political partners of the world that we give into their demands. In the 1940’s when WWII was going on, the US took all the Japanese immigrants and put them in camps to protect them from the US citizens and to protect the US from them. Were they singled out? Were they discriminated against? Were their feelings hurt? YES! But the US was more safe and people didn’t have to worry about being blown to bits while running a marathon.
This is not an attack on Islam. i have muslims friends. One is a doctor in NYC. But this is something that I think a lot of people have already said, but I wanted to state my opinion on this matter.