I wasn't going to post on this... perhaps other than to say it's absurd that we're debating the right of a people in our country to build a house of worship. It's kind of like debating legal segregation. Haven't we moved past this a long time ago? (Or not so long ago in the case of racial segregation.) I don't want to debate freedom of religion any more than I want to debate slavery.
But I do mention this because my wife said that a friend of hers on facebook didn't even know that this mosque is not being built at the World Trade Center site. Really? Do people really not know this? Are people getting all huffy over a moot point?
45 and 47 Park Place. You can punch it into Google and see where it is. It's near where the World Trade Center was. Two blocks away, to be precise. So is the Hudson River. So is City Hall Park. I mean, in lower Manhattan, everything is close. If people really want to create a "no-mosque zone," at want point exactly would it be OK to build a mosque?
See, since the mosque and cultural center isn't at Ground Zero, I see this much more as an issue for people who hate Islam. That's not a debate I care to enter. Even though I like pork and drinking, I try not to hate. Islam is not terrorism (and if you don't know that, you must learn. -- But Wahhabism spread by our Saudi [pause for quotes] "allies"? That might be another story.)
So is this "hallowed ground"? No. But why don't you judge for yourself?