Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Some ideas just seem bad from the moment you hear them: Auschwitz™ Extra-Crispy Gingerbread Men, Hiroshima™ Sunscreen Lotion, and New York's new Ground Zero Mosque.
And this won't be just any mosque. It will have a built-in theater ("Fahrenheit 9/11" anyone?), a swimming pool ("try the 1300 foot screaming high-dive!"), and a public basketball court which will no doubt see its first game when Barack Obama drops by for "Hoops n' Healing."
As great as all this sounds, there are some people who are concerned because the mosque will be named for Cordoba...where Islam reached a "glorious peak." And some people who don't like the idea that the money for the mosque may have come from anti-American Wahabists in Saudi Arabia (which also supplied 15 of the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks).
And of course, there are some people who think that sad and hallowed ground should be respected by people of all faiths, including Islam, out of a simple sense of decency.