My take on Kennesaw Mosque request denial
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Of course we must fight to retain the character of the nation we love – freedom to speak and freedom to worship. America is one of the greatest nations on the earth for its enduring constitution and freedom guaranteed to individuals in the pursuit of their happiness.
As a Pluralist committed to building a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other, I would request fellow Americans who are Christians, Jews and Hindus in Kennesaw to apply for a similar space to build a Church, Synagogue or a Temple and see what the council does. If they deny all of them, then they are not bigots, and they will set a precedent for future.
On the other hand, let’s question ourselves.
Bill Harris in Marietta Daily Journal claims that the Mosque applicant was deceptive, “A very wealthy Marietta Muslim, Abdul Kareem Amer, who lives six blocks from one of the referenced mosques and three miles from another, got a Kennesaw Muslim, Mr. F. Islam, to put in a “straw man” application for a store-front mosque in a retail center and also got Mr. Islam to put forth a bogus claim to the city that there is “no mosque within a 20 mile radius” for the Kennesaw Muslims to use. This rich Marietta Muslim wanted to run his own little boutique mosque and thought he would put it in a second-rate down-market strip mall in Kennesaw where he would be a big fish in a small pond.”
This was responded very well by a comment, “If 8 miles and 11 miles is considered close, then all these churches on every corner need to go.”
Professor Sherman Jackson observes, “Thus far, however, Muslims remain outside the American story, which is why, despite their positive contributions to society; they seldom enlist empathy when they are jailed, deported or discriminated against.” And he offers the solution, “Hopefully, however, it will not be long before Muslims come to understand this. Once they do, while guilt by association may continue, Muslims will be able to fight back. For in this they will be joined by others.”
No one in this great country needs permission from others to live their lives, but certainly no one needs to live in hostilities. The solution is to become Amins of the society, be friends and be fair and just to all.
An additional note: After I wrote the article Fixing Muslim Mistakes Mr. Khwaja Sher Ali from Montebello called me up. He is the Amin in the City of Montebello. There are many more, and Insha Allah, I intend to highlight them. We are good people, and we need the world to know, we have failed in showing our goodness and have took in the negative image slapped on us.
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Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. He is commentator on Fox News and syndicated Talk Radio shows and a writer at major news papers including Dallas Morning News and Huffington Post. All about him is listed in several links at www.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at www.TheGhousediary.com and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.