For the past few weeks I’ve been keeping an eye on current events and items in the news in hopes of stumbling across an appropriate subject to write about. I wanted to pick a subject that was topical — a current event college students would at least have a vague awareness of and interest in — but also not too controversial.
After all, I’ve been warned several times already that no matter what I say here, there will be people who passionately disagree with me, and I will hear from them, so I didn’t want to come on too strong.
Unfortunately, I think I’m on the verge of delving into a discussion that’s likely to be very heated. The reason I chose my particular topic for this week is it’s an issue that I really don’t think should be that controversial at all. In fact, I can’t fathom how it’s generated so much debate thus far.
The issue I’m referring to is the question of building a mosque near the site of Ground Zero.
This issue can be further broken down into two separate questions: firstly, does the Muslim community have the right to do this, and secondly, is it appropriate for the Muslim community to do this?
In general, there seems to be less debate on the first of these two points. Basically, it seems pretty hard to argue for the idea that our capitalist nation can deny someone with the money and desire to purchase a piece of land, within the boundaries of the law, the right to do so.
So, as far as I can tell, there’s not much to argue about there.