Dear Rest-of-America: Take This Map, It's Why You're Wrong About the "Ground Zero Mosque"

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According to a recent Siena Research Institute poll, over half of New Yorkers polled think that the "Ground Zero Mosque" will promote racial and religious tolerance, or are open to the idea of it. Yet: 68% of Americans oppose it, despite the endorsements of New York City's mayor and the President of the United States of America. But that's not why you're wrong, America. This, however, is.


Via Tumblr editorial director TopherChris, here's a map of just how "Ground Zero" the "Ground Zero Mosque" is:

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The point is, it isn't. What's more offensive: Having a....

  • "Ground Zero Burger King."
  • Memorial that's never happened because of hyper-capitalist conflicts.
  • Bunch of tacky souvenir tables.
  • Bunch of tacky souvenir tables that profit off of cheap, China-made 9-11 memorabilia.
  • Bunch of tacky souvenir tables that profit off of cheap, China-made 9-11 memorabilia when they're not selling fake Rolexes to the same Americans coming to New York, buying from them, going home, and telling New Yorkers where to put our Mosques.

or an Islamic Cultural Center with a 9/11 Memorial (more than what's actually been put to paper for an official 9/11 Memorial) two and a half blocks away?

Reminder: Muslims were victims of 9/11, too. Sorry, but it's true. And one was an NYPD cadet.

Maybe we'll care what you have to say when you stop bothering us for directions in the subway on how to get to Ground Zero so you can go there and buy some dumb, tacky knickknack you can take home and give to friends to let them know that you spent money on a shake-a-snow where a few thousand people died. Maybe then. But probably not. Shut up, go away, and also, stop lying, or at least tell your politicians to stop lying. It might help you recognize the truth, which is that you're wrong, and you're attacking vital American freedoms by going against this Mosque. The truth is that you're terrorists in your own right. You are striking against America by going against this mosque. You are, in effect, almost as bad as the ones who killed people on 9/11. Okay, not quite, not really, but kind of, because you're fighting against what 9/11 victims died for: religious freedom, which said terrorists don't have and don't want anyone else to have.

But now you have a map to see how wrong you are, okay? Now: Fuck you. Fuck you and shut up, you assholes. Shut up and leave New York alone.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]

Update: Via Felix Salmon, here are some pictures blogger Daryl Lang took of things the same distance from the "Ground Zero" Mosque:

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I'm sorry, but if the freedom to honor "titty bars," awful food, and bad roadwork doesn't "desecrate" the sacred memory of 9/11, a mosque most certainly doesn't either. It just doesn't.

Update 2: Jordan Carr at The Awl effectively demonstrates how partisan politics has affected some people's sense of distance.



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