I have been doing a lot of debate on this subject in the last while, mainly on Chad Estes blog ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
I am starting to wonder, do Christians want these people as neighbors? Here is an excerpt I put on that blog:
“Let me reiterate: there is nothing loving about passivity, because love is active.” (Matthew)
There is not much passive about what I am saying, I stand 100% behind them in building that mosque – as you point out – wherever they would like…just happens they like the spot they picked. I don’t see why it such an issue for them to have a mosque at that spot, unless people are reading more into their construction of this building than is really there.
And the opposition of them building a mosque is a problem, because the issue is not the mosque as much as it is the placement of that mosque…explain to me why that is even an issue…and once you do you will likely arrive at a spot of bigotry or discrimination (or mis-information). Question is, is there where a Christian wants to be standing?
The debate is about the good samaritan and Chad’s take on that – in essence – an updated version that has a Muslim not being helped by various religious groups. In this case, the mosque being at the pinnacle of the debate because basically it’s a mosque close to ground zero – an American commemorative spot – and Muslims shouldn’t be that close to something that important. In the end, it’s discrimination, if not bigotry, blanketing all Muslims under the same definition (generalizing) – which they disagree with.