Hallowed Ground

This image from the Daily News story about the “Ground Zero” Mosque tells you all you really need to know:

Bars, strip clubs and bars are plentiful.

In fact, there’s a number of similar businesses on this “hallowed ground” in lower Manhattan:

Thunder Lingerie and More is one of the typical New York businesses in the downtown WTC area that mosque opponents are claiming to be be hallowed ground.

Opponents of a proposed lower Manhattan mosque and community center speak in hushed tones about the sanctity of the “shadow of Ground Zero.”

Tell that to the patrons of the Pussycat Lounge, a strip club where a photo of a nearly naked woman marks its location just two blocks from where the World Trade Center stood…

Many come to the scene of the worst terrorist attack on American soil to pay tribute to pain and unspeakable tragedy. They’re welcomed by solemn memorials and a visitors center amid the noise of reconstruction.

If they’re so inclined, they can also buy porn, play the ponies and take care of all manner of personal business within steps of the former World Trade Center.

In a walk of the streets within three blocks of Ground Zero, the Daily News counted 17 pizza shops, 18 bank branches, 11 bars, 10 shoe stores and 17 separate salons where a girl can get her lady parts groomed.

I had a talk with Kim about this the other day, and she was under the impression that the Islamic Center was going to be built on the actual WTC site.  I’m sure that’s very common among people who don’t pay particularly close attention to the news.  I think a lot of the opposition would evaporate if people actually knew what was within a 2-block radius of ground zero.  Then again, a lot of public opinion would be different if people were actually informed.

If the opponents of the Mosque really cared about creating some sort of sacred zone, rather than just attacking Islam to score political points, it’s pretty clear that the “Ground Zero Pussycat Lounge” and “Ground Zero Waxing,” among others, would certainly have to go as well.  Thus, it’s pretty clear what the actual purpose of the Islamic Center opponents is.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Hallowed Ground

  1. Kim says:

    Makes you wonder why the Muslims would want to put a mosque in that area in the first place.

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