I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Saturday, August 21, 2010

An Adventist Point of View re the "Ground Zero Mosque"

At the Washington Post’s On Faith, James Standish, who represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the United Nations, writes about “the great Ground Zero mosque hoax.” A sample:
1) There is no “Ground Zero” mosque
If you take a minute to Google map the address of the supposed “ground zero” mosque, 45-47 Park Place, you’ll find the proposed site is on a small city street buried in the middle of the block. It is separated by two full city blocks of towering buildings from the World Trade Center site. While the entire lower Manhattan might be considered “Ground Zero”, the site of the mosque is separated visually and physically from the World Trade Center site. No one visiting the World Trade Center site will see it - unless they take a wrong turn on the way.
2) There is no “Victory” Mosque
The stated goal behind building the Muslim center in lower Manhattan is to recapture the spirit of mutual respect between Judaism, Christianity and Islam that existed in Cordoba, Spain, from 700 - 1200 AD. While Europe was trapped in the Dark Ages, marked by bloody religious repression, Cordoba thrived as a commercial and cultural center with what was, for the time, a high level of religious freedom. For example, in the 10th Century, Cordoba became the intellectual capital for Jews worldwide. The stated point of the project is creating a world where Jews, Christians and Muslims connect again in a way that builds mutual understanding and respect. This is precisely the opposite goal of the 9/11 terrorists.


  1. I think it's very easy to understand why 70% of Americans are upset about the community centre/mosque being built there. First of all, it is indeed Ground Zero. The Burlington Coat Factory was destroyed when the landing gear and part of the fusilage of flight no. 175 went through one of the towers, and crashed through the building, destroying it. People were injured, and people were put out of work, and the building was made uninhabitable. You can't get much more Ground Zero than that. On the face of it, it looks like a good way to pick up some cheap New York real estate -- destroy the building, buy it, then put up a community centre/mosque. It is very easy to understand why that upsets people. Human feelings cannot be legislated.

    A woman recently was interviewed about her feelings about the building going up there. She was so against it, she started crying during the interview. Incidentally, she is a Muslim, and her mother, also a Muslim, was killed on 9/11.

    If Islam is indeed a peace-loving religion, they should be sensitive enough to know that building a community centre/mosque in that location is going to cause a lot of people a lot of pain, and for that reason they should reconsider. But they refuse. Iman Rauf, the Imam of that mosque, said in an interview with 60 Minutes that Americans deserved what happened to them on 9/11. You can find the interview anywhere on the internet. He is not a moderate.

    Religions freedom and rights should be earned, not demanded.

    I believe in the concept of forgiveness, but I also believe in the concept of kindness. The builders of the community centre/mosque are not the victims here. They should show some kindness.

    In the long run, I do not believe that community centre/mosque will be built. But if it is built, it will not promote peace. It will become a victim of people's frustration. Either way you look at it, it is not a good thing. It requires the wisdom of Solomon.

  2. Anonymous10:47 AM

    Thank you for one of the more calm, rational and correct opinions on the proposed Islamic Centre. This centre shouldn't worry anyone.

  3. Thank you for your comments. Jo: you make a very sensitive, impassioned case for the rethinking of the Centre's construction. Anonymous: I can no more take credit for the "calm, rational and correct opinions" in this post(i.e.,of a spokesperson for Adventism at the UN)than all Muslims can take on the blame for what a terrorist group did, or all Catholics for the breach of trust imposed through the sins of pedophile priests, or all persons of German descent for the heinous acts of the Nazis, etc. But, thanks again for your comments.