Tough sh*t if you’re offended by a Muslim cultural center 2 blocks from the site of the World Trade Centers.
Turns out the ground is not so sacred after all. Here's an example; see this for more photos of the area.
Look at the photos. This neighborhood is not hallowed. The people who live and work here are not obsessed with 9/11. The blocks around Ground Zero are like every other hard-working neighborhood in New York, where Muslims are just another thread of the city fabric.
At this point the only argument against this project is fear, specifically fear of Muslims, and that’s a bigoted, cowardly and completely indefensible position.
If that’s not enough, how about an official Muslim prayer service inside the Pentagon. (this link uses much more "colorful" language than I do!)
Yes, Muslims have infiltrated the Pentagon for their nefarious, prayerful purposes -- daring to practice their religion inside the building where 184 people died on Sept. 11, 2001. They haven't even had the sensitivity to move two blocks, let alone a mile, away from that sacred site.
Give it a rest. Can't you see that the freedom of others is inexorably linked to our own?
Oh, and the link to Ultrarunning? I've said before that we seem by and large to be a more laid-back, accommodating and inclusive group than Joe Public. I can't imagine that in an all-nighter on the trails that a Muslim and a Christian ultrarunner would not find a common ground of spirituality.