|Respect: A two-way street|
Though the subject of the Cordoba Mosque proposed for construction near Ground Zero in New York has been in the news for several weeks, recent comments by political leaders (including Sarah Palin who introduced a new word "refudiate" to the English language) has brought new attention.
The issue is fairly simple. A group of Muslims want to build a multi-million dollar mosque and multi-purpose Islamic center just next to where the Twin Towers stood until Sept. 11, 2001. The proposed religious center would occupy a building that an engine from one of the airplanes struck, raising the argument that it should be protected as an historical site and not used for any private purpose.
But the real concern is that the construction of a mosque next to the ruins of the once world-famous icons of Western capitalism and strength destroyed by a team of highly committed Islamic Jihadists simply endorses their success.
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Ron Coody, a West Monroe native, is a Ph.D. candidate in Intercultural Studies at Concordia Seminary. From 1993-1998, he lived and worked in Kazakstan doing environmental work. Since 2002, Mr. Coody and his family have resided in Istanbul, Turkey.