Cordoba Center

Irina Putney
Lana Velez
English 111
26 March 2011

Why the Cordoba Center Should be Built in Lower Manhattan
In the news, one of the most controversial topics is the building of the planned mosque and or cultural center, near the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in Manhattan. Opposers claim that by building a mosque in the proposed location would be dishonoring those who lost their lives. The supporters of the proposed mosque believe that in building it, Islam and its followers will gain a better and more positive image, and the mosque and community center will be a valued resource to the community of lower Manhattan. If the proposed mosque and community center is, in fact, built, it will enhance the legacy of lower Manhattan and the area affected on September eleventh, allowing the world to see that terrorists did not win.
Many Americans hold a misguided view of Islam and Muslims. Ever since the terrorist attacks of September eleventh, Muslims have often been stereotyped, viewed as terrorists, murderers, and, by many, as enemies of the United States. These misguided Americans believe that building a house of Islamic worship is dishonoring those who perished in the attacks. Opponents also like to use the fact that throughout history, after every great Muslim victory in war, a mosque is always built on the site of the battle. Moreover, in the sixteenth century in Spain, during the expulsion of the moors by Queen Isabella, she renamed the Great Mosque of

Cordoba “The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.” That is exactly the same as what Muslims are being accused of by building a mosque near ground zero.
In lower Manhattan, as in any large city in the world, Islam is becoming larger and more prevalent. It is the fastest growing religion in the world. To allow other religions the right to build places of worship and gathering based on religious beliefs, but to disallow Muslims to do so is discrimination. As Islam is the fastest growing...