Friday, May 28, 2010

"Radical Agenda for Ground Zero Mosque"

If you live in the west, in particular, the U.S., then this concerns you. Islamic studies currently remain scarce in my apologetic work, but when I hear about issues such as these, it motivates me to get more informed. If you have the same drive, i'd recommend getting started by following the ANSWERING MUSLIMS BLOG, where major and minor Islamic current events issues are discussed from a biblical worldview, including the Ground Zero Mosque that is being built:



ben said...

A national study conducted by asked about American opinions regarding plans to build a mosque and Islamic community center near “Ground Zero” of the World Trade Center attacks. Results found that Republicans were the least favorable of plans to build the mosque, with the majority of Republicans (63%) reporting that it was “not at all appropriate.” Also, 37% of Democrats and 39% of Independents indicated that the plans were “not at all inappropriate.” The majority of all political parties reported that it was disrespectful to the victims of the World Trade Center attacks to build a mosque near ground zero. More results can be seen at

Sarai said...

I understand that the very nature of apologetics lends itself to a higher scrutiny of different religious traditions (and also less tolerance), but I don't understand the justification of this outrage.

Our country is one religious freedom, and the construction of this mosque is a reflection of that.

In regards to questions regarding 9-11 victims, I believe that people are falsely equating the Muslim faith with that act of terrorism committed by an extremist fringe. It is not an affront. Unless one truly believes that it was this faith and not a perversion of it that motivated those men.

Mike Felker said...

@Saria, thanks for your comment. I agree that there should be no governmental restrictions on where to build a religious building, but that is what i'm arguing anyway. My point was in simply reflecting on what is happening in the U.S. with Muslims.

As far as the terrorist connections, are you talking about "Muslim faith" as in what most Muslims believe about terrorism? Or are you talking about the Koran and what it really says about Shariah law, Jihad, violence, etc.?

In other words, what if there is ample justification in the Koran for these things? Would that change how you view this event?