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.)
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.