Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the controversy about the proposed New York City mosque at the site of the world trade center. There is a debate about what constitutes the ground zero area around the site of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. But how close is too close to the World Trade Center for a Muslim mosque?
What about the Koran burning threats?
I’m sure you‘ve heard about that fool (is this too strong?) pastor who wanted to burn Qurans in protest about the building of the mosque. Christians may feel they are under assault. But burning books is a bit much. This is something the Nazi’s did in 1933… but it’s not something we do in the United States. South Africa blocked Muslim activist from holding a Bible burning day in protest against the proposed Quran burning. In the U.S., we endorse the freedom to practice religion. And we give people the freedom to do stupid things like burning books – whether the Bible, the Quran or a non-religious book.
Perhaps this misguided religious leader had the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join “em” mentality. Like the Nazi’s, radical Islamics are intolerant of any beliefs and thoughts not in accordance with the Koran or Sharia Law. German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine wrote: “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.” I guess I’m starting to understand this pastor, who has already gotten way too much publicity. Most Christians believe that unbelievers will burn in hell, so burning books is a precursor to what this religious zealot believes will eventually happen to the Moslems.
Are the Muslims taking over?
Muslims tend to not assimilate into the culture of the countries that they immigrate into. The Quran encourages the spread of Sharia Law and Muslim customs and practices. Did you see the shocking headline: “New Jersey Judge Rules Islamic Sharia Law Trumps U.S. Law”? Judges are interpret the federal, state and local laws in this country. Sharia law as explained in the Quran should not be part of the U. S. judicial equation.
Is Barack Obama Muslim?
Of course not. He is a Christian. And if you’re wondering what nationality is Barack Obama, he is a U.S. citizen – to address another controversy. American citizens, whether religious or not, and whether Christian or not, are conflicted over whether the mosques should be built. President Obama weighed in on the issue. Our president is for freedom – freedom of actions. President Barack Obama is not promoting Islam nor the jihadist agenda. Family members of the 9/11 victims have formed a group called September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. You may be surprised to know the 9/11 family members support the mosque or at least the right of Moslems to build the mosque.
What are the Muslim motives?
So the question is: Why do they want to build a Moslem center so close to the site of the world trade center attack? I wish I was a mind reader to figure out what is in the minds and hearts of those Muslims who want to build the mosque at ground zero. There are concerns about the ties to Al Quaeda. And of course it would be enlightening to follow the money trail. Are terrorist and subversives financially backing this Muslim center?
What’s the African Perspective?
In 1992 I visited four nations in West Africa: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, and Benin. One thing that struck me was how spiritual the Africans were and how in tune they were to nature. Although they may embrace Christianity or other religions, they don’t abandon their naturalistic beliefs. Africans were resourceful. They learned to make use of plants and trees in their environment for building homes and curing diseases. George Washington Carver, who was of black African descent, invented many things. And what was his secret? He tapped into the wisdom of God, the maker of all things. According to George Washington Carver http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/g/george_washington_carver.html: “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
George Washington Carver
American Indian Tribes
The American Indians are another group that embraced and honored the earth. The president of the Sioux Tribe is organizing a meeting of the National Congress of American Indians to discuss BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill and its impact. Perhaps they will come up with an enlightened spiritual way to clean up the oil spill or otherwise deal with the environmental crisis the spill has caused. Based on the American Indian traditions, I’m sure they will incorporate tribal wisdom.
Tribal Wisdom of Elders
In tribal cultures the elders are honored. Even if the elder has passed on, homage is still paid. They recognize the wisdom that comes from going to sleep and getting up many days. As the old saying goes “stuff happens”. So the longer we’ve been here on this earth, the more stuff we’ve walked thru and survived. Hopefully us over 50 senior folk have learned from our mistakes. The British Petroleum’s current wisdom is to use the same techniques that were unsuccessful with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill back in the 70s.
Clean Up Oil Spill
We’re all one tribe, one race – the human race. And there is one earth. So, when it comes to environmental issues, we’re all in this together. Perhaps we need to convene a tribe of seniors from all cultures to weigh in on the oil spill clean up.