COMMENTARY ON ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER DEBATE
September 10, 2010 § 2 Comments
After following the ongoing protests concerning the Islamic cultural center in New York city, it is very obvious that many people out there are so blinded by the media’s portrayal of Islam, that they refuse to educate themselves on the matter at hand. The majority of verbal messages being spread from this protest are those of hate, prejudice, and complete misunderstanding. It is within everyone’s rights to agree or disagree with the location and construction of this center, however, it is not civil, nor respectful, to discriminate against a religion, a people, and what many forget, citizens with equal rights.
I am fully supportive of the argument being discussed at hand here, and it is not important to state where I stand with the issue. However, I do feel it to be crucial to read up on our history and the history of Islam if you decide to engage in the protest against a centre that is affiliated with Islamic religion. Really, it is important to argue with a founded purpose, not with a hateful purpose – this goes towards all religions, cultures, etc.
I found a site through the BBC website which is dedicated to the education of religious sects. Check it out, it’s nothing heavy duty, but will aid in further understanding religions such as that of the Muslim faith, but also Christian, Catholic, Buddhism, Judaism, etc. So, click here to check it out!