8/19/2010

The wrong reasons for the right arguement

The hot topic of the day is the proposed  Mosque at Ground Zero. One the one side you havew people whining about freedom of religion, most of whom want to take the phrase "One nation under God" out of the pledge of allegence.  On the other side you have people claiming building the mosque steps from Ground Zero supporting the religion that the terrorists used to justify  the murder more than 3,000 Americans, some of the Muslim. Truthfully I still believe the ladder,  on the other hand I won't sitting here and claim the people who support  the Mosque are insensitive to the families of the victims.
Something has been going through my head something I don't think anybody has brought up. To me the obvious reason not to build a Mosque steps from the most devastating attack on American soil in history is one of vengeance. While Muslims tend to inflate the "hatred"* they get from fellow Americans, I can understand howmost Americans view the religion in a negative light.   So let's just say for the sake of argument there are very negative views of Islam in America. Let's pretend Muslims are being targeted for attacks in America, which is totally nonsense, but stay with me for a second. If Muslims  are supposedly so hated in America so much and people want to "get even for 9/11",how would someone go about doing it?? If everything goes according the Mosque will open on 9/11/11, ten years after the attacks. I wonder how long it will take before the Mosque gets attacked? Maybe a "patriotic American" will see building the Mosque as a threat and do something to destroy it? If it gets attacked then it proves what the Muslim community has been saying since 9/11, most Americans hate Muslims. However only one -person attacked the Mosque. So how is it that Muslims think on the one hand most of them are peaceful and when one of them attacks us, it's just one person that just happens to be Muslim. However when Muslim GETS ATTACKED  it proves  America (or should I say "non-Muslim") America is a racist country.
That's why I object to the building of the Mosque, it will be targeted from day one. Now after 9/11 you know how many Mosques where attacked in America? ZERO NONE ZILCH, not one Muslim was killed out of vengeance. I think that's because Muslims in general are small public targets. Sure some may have been harassed, but there wasn't a national round up, no internment camps. People in general have been very tolerant but I think this might be their tipping point. People who object to the Mosque say it sends the wrong message to the extremists, they are right, however it sends the wrong message to ALL extremists. An extremist who thinks Islam was behind the 9/11 would see the Mosque as a threat and destroy it no matter what the cost. Some say if we  live in fear all terrorist won, I agree. I also think building the Mosque in a way symbolizes the 9/11 attacks never happened.

8/10/2010

Doing it Delaware Style

Ok I wanted to post something positive after all the troubled writings I have posted and wanted to stay on the travelling theme for summer, so the family week in Delaware seemed like a perfect fit. Also this adds to the mobile posting series that started with Pete's apartment last September and continued evry so often. We're in Delaware with mom and dad, my brother Chris and his wife Natalie, my brother Pete and his girlfriend Sue and our Unclev Chuck. This was part of my mom's 60th and Uncle Chuck birthday celebration which included a joint party a few weeks ago, this trip and a few other surprises.
The rentals  down here in Delaware are a bit different, instead of renting from a Saturday to a Saturday or Sunday to Sunday, the renters start and endon a Thrusday but it works out pretty ok. The house is located in a community that's footsteps from the beach

One of the  best features about the house we're occupying is not only are we steps from the beach, there is a screened in porch and multiple decks, even a crows nest. I have made very good use  of the wireless Internet connection and halfway through this post I decided to move the laptop outside to the screened in porch. I queued up a little JamesTaylor, Neil Young and a few other artists while I write this entry. Not a bad way kill some time alone.
The btrip so far has included a boat ride on a pontoon boat, jet skis and of course a round of golf. Round that out with a couple of trips to the beach to dip in the ocean and play bocchi ball,  this has been a very good trip  so far, although not with incidentr. The jet skiing was very fun until I fell off. I was riding with Chuck, which is always interesting!! Of\ course I enjoyed it right up to the part I fell off. Chuck decided to turn was I wasn't ready and the jetski went one way and I went another!! The thing of it was when I hit the water I was fine, it was the split second between I fell off and hit the water that was sheer terror.
To top it off I got to spend time with my nephew Zander, this morning while the crew is out fishing, after the wave runner encounter the only way I'm going back in the water is via the beach! Mom and I took him for a walk, I played with him, watched cartoons and now he's in for his nap.
The week is going by fast but I really don't mind lounging around..