Imagine you are a teenager who lost her father on 9/11. Now imagine you are a Muslim, how would you feel about the controversy over Park 51? I would feel like my father and others like him had been forgotten. I would feel like my father and I were not considered real citizens solely because of our religion. How would you feel?
Imagine your son was a first responder that day, an NYPD cadet and EMT. Imagine he died because he ran in to save his fellow Americans. Imagine that instead of being counted a hero, he fell under suspicion because of his religion. You’ve just lost your son and you are being interrogated while the papers ask if he is dead or in hiding.
“Only when Salman’s remains were found at Ground Zero six months later was he cleared of suspicion and recognized as a first responder and a victim.”
Is this the country you want to live in? One where people are singled out based on their religion and suspected of terrorism when they were actually the victims? When we insist that an Islamic community center cannot be built near Ground Zero we deny victims and heroes their dignity.
From an article at HuffPo