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Making sense of the non-mosque ‘near’ Ground Zero

August 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Politics

To most people outside of the US, the controversy over the Muslim cultural centre a few blocks away from Ground Zero doesn’t make much sense.

I can’t imagine another country in the world where this would’ve been an argument, where this issue would’ve been manipulated, or where millions of people could be so manipulatable.

Needless to say, the arguments haven’t had much airing outside the US, aside from the basic positions of both sides. So up steps the legendary Charlie Brooker to tell us what is really going on. This is the Ground Zero Mosque discussion, UK style.

“The planned “ultra-mosque” will be a staggering 5,600ft tall – more than five times higher than the tallest building on Earth – and will be capped with an immense dome of highly-polished solid gold, carefully positioned to bounce sunlight directly toward the pavement, where it will blind pedestrians and fry small dogs. The main structure will be delimited by 600 minarets, each shaped like an upraised middle finger, and housing a powerful amplifier: when synchronised, their combined sonic might will be capable of relaying the muezzin’s call to prayer at such deafening volume, it will be clearly audible in the Afghan mountains, where thousands of terrorists are poised to celebrate by running around with scarves over their faces, firing AK-47s into the sky and yelling whatever the foreign word for “victory” is.”

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  • 1 Marvin // Aug 30, 2010 at 7.06 am

    The building that is being replaced by the “mosque” was hit by debris from the World Trade Center including the landing gear of one of the airplanes. It is definitely part of the “ground zero” area. Playing this controversy off as the exaggeration of the American right wing only illustrates how poorly the British left understands America.

  • 2 Jacob Singer // Aug 30, 2010 at 9.38 am

    That building was an old run down Burlington Coat factory that was never associated with the World Trade Center. I actually bought a coat there a long time ago. What the new Community Center is actually doing is upgrading what was before 9/11 a pretty dilapidated ugly old building with a nice center that will make that section of the neighborhood into a nice area. As a Jew, I actually look at it as a gift from the muslim community to downtown.

    What is a shame is that while I was walking around the area after the main demonstrations were done, I walked by the ladies holding the anti-Sharia signs. (The signs that appear like Sharia bleeding on a white background.) I was taken aback when one of the key opponents told me that she was an Israeli Citizen including the girls next to her. And, she just hated Muslims. She’s the lady with the yellow rain protector on her shoulders:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/25/AR2010082504298.html

    So make no mistake, New Yorkers are not racist haters, much of the agitation is coming from outside New York

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