*drags forward a fair trade certified, paraben and phthalate free soap box, gives it a little dust off, climbs on, clears throat*
Rod Stewart is the Antichrist.
No wait, that’s not what I wanted to talk about today. Though while we’re slightly off topic and I’ve already made one reference to parabens and phthalates, please please PLEASE go watch the latest Annie Leonard video on toxic cosmetics. Then visit the Environmental Working Group’s database to see if your cosmetics are safe. I like you. I want you to be safe and healthy. That’s why I’m always trying to save you from Rod Stewart. Do it for the kittens.
While I’m all riled up, I feel the need to say a little something in response to this link someone sent me. The mosque at Ground Zero has been in the news before, but leave it to Mrs. Palin to turn this into an even bigger clusterfuck and cloud the issue. Now everyone and their brother (including a random blogger or two) has to share their two cents.
Let me highlight my favorite quote from the video – “Any religion that condones violence cannot deliver spirituality.” That must be why this Pat guy is an atheist, for there aren’t many religions that don’t condone violence. (Also, this is the first time in the history of the universe that I have NOT found a British accent sexy. Congrats, Pat.)
No, I didn’t lose anyone on September 11th. Yes, on that day I was living and working in Manhattan. I don’t really want to go into all the details of my experiences that day – they aren’t really relevant to this discussion. The only part that really sticks with me now was my intense fear that I had lost my brother Drew, who lived mere blocks from the site – the kindest, gentlest soul I have ever known. My heart still hurts when I think of what the experience must have been like for him.
Ok that’s enough of that. I don’t have time to get weepy today.
The point is, I get the emotion wrapped up with 9-11. It’s a touchy subject. Check. Understood. Agreed.
But that’s all the more reason that mosque should be built.
NYC is full of multiple religions, ethnicities, cultures and sexual orientations. That’s part of what makes it wonderful. The same is true for a lot of the US.
I’m not a fan of terrorists, but there are many parts of the Muslim religion that are stunningly beautiful and we all should incorporate into our lives. I’d say that’s true of all religions.
In response to the email I received, asking if the mosque was real and what my thoughts were, I sent a link to a less inflammatory article the Huffington Post had written.
Here’s my favorite part of that article:
Marvin Bethea, a paramedic who survived the toxic collapse of the twin towers and suffers from a range of afflictions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and asthma, said he supports the mosque.
“Not all Muslims are terrorists,” Bethea said. “Muslims died on 9/11, as well. This is a tremendous gesture to show that we’re not all full of hatred and bigotry.”
I think the beautiful blogger Queen of Spain summed it up quite nicely with her post earlier this week:
Ground Zero Mosque — My Kids Have It Right
…but if the good people want to help, and want to have their church there, why can’t they?
Well honey, some bad people did some things with their church too, and it really upsets the people’s families who died.
But these people are trying to just be normal, why can’t they be normal and help? Why does everyone hate them, even though they are nice and just want to live there too?
Because sometimes, sweetie, other people can be very blind. They don’t see how any of these people could be nice- even if they are.
Mom, that’s really … you know… the ‘d’ word.
Yeah, that’s dumb. Why are some people dumb?
I don’t know honey. I don’t know.