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Saturday, August 14, 2010

What Sites Are Considered Sacred Ground in the Islamic Faith

The Holy Mosque, Meccah as well as the Prophet's Mosque is found in Saudi Arabia to include Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.  I watched some of our President's speech on why a mosque should be allowed to be placed on private property near Ground Zero.

I have no problem with all faiths having their place to practice their religion. The freedom of religion is right guaranteed to all here in America.  (Last time I checked Ground Zero is in America.)

More musings:

Why doesn't Saudi Arabia allow the Christian, Jewish, Buddhists, or other faiths to build in Saudi --  say two blocks from those sacred or hallowed sites?  

The answer is simple; Saudi Arabia does not have freedom of religion nor speech. As a matter of fact, proselytizing by non-Muslims is illegal in Saudi Arabia and to convert a Muslim means the death penalty.  Anyone who is in Saudi Arabia is subject to Sharia Law no matter their faith. 

NO WHERE is the ideal / practice of 'freedom of religion' more scared or hallowed than America.

Now onto the Mosque at Ground Zero.  I do understand the need to label that area Holy Ground because the lives (NOT ALL were Christians) taken there were from a hostile act to illicit a response from; the American Government, to cripple the US's financial trading center and instill fear, hatred, and loathing in an attempt to  destroy our way of life.  

I also know of the ominous feeling one feels when visiting Ground Zero much like walking the rows at Arlington National Cementary or touching the Vietnam Wall because, I have been to these places and felt the power of my own connection to those who died.

Did you know there are at least five Muslims buried at Arlington? 

I wonder why not just a intra-faith worship center that is maintained as a State park or some sort of place of worship? Let's not separate our religions but learn from each other.

The United States Military has figured out a way to respect its personnels choice of faith.

I guess for me; my belief is all people should have the right to practice their religion in America. Freedom of Speech and Religion are my hallowed idealistic ground  -- Just thinking out loud.


Sharon said...

My thoughts on the subject?

No one, single faith should have a building within X' of ground zero. If they can't do XXXXXXXXX spots withing the X' radius then move the boundary out so many more feet until not one is any closer than another. Let's keep it equal here, folks!

Just an Old Lady's thoughts.....

Nekkid Chicken said...

HEE HEE Sharon, Seems fair either ALL or NONE. My thoughts

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

here here

NURA said...

halo,Nekiid Chicken
nice post
thank you found the information about the mosque in Saudi Arabia.
very unfortunate if the mosque is left and not be noticed.

polly's path said...

I am with you too.

That's why I sat in disbelief yesterday in my church as one of my "fellow believers" tried to convince everyone within hearing range that the solution to this latest issue is to eliminate the islamic faith. The same person often prays out loud and mentions how glad she is that we live in a country where there is freedom of religion and we ALL can worship whomever we want...
I almost gagged, it made me so sick.

Nekkid Chicken said...

Hey Nura, I will go read your updates tomorrow. Monday is a killer day for me with my assignments being due. Thanks for stopping by.

Polly, I just don't understand the religious isolationism. I really don't and it makes me feel nauseous as well.