By Bernie on 16 Oct 2010
We tried to explain it to liberal idiots and Muslim morons: yes, yes, for Allah's Sake, yes all religions have the right to build a house of worship or religious community anywhere they want. But doing what is legal is not the same as doing what is wise. Let me guide you, Ahmed, to the path of wisdom.
For example, it is not illegal to fart in a crowded restaurant. No one will arrest you for doing so. But just because you have the right does not mean it is appropriate even if you are used to doing it in Assurabia. In America, we like to think that passing gas while other people are eating is uncivilized, disrespectful, thoughtless, and rude.
And so, Ahmed, if the patrons ask you to stop farting or leave, they are not doing it because they are racists or bigots or Islamophobes - they are doing it because you are uncivilized, disrespectful, thoughtless, and rude.
When so many Americans insist that it would be uncivilized, disrespectful, thoughtless, and rude to build a mosque near Ground Zero, you are supposed to take the advice and build somewhere else. Nothing personal.
I know that this is a cultural thing for you, Ahmed: where you grew up it was not important to consider the feelings of unbelievers. You say you know the law, and therefor you can build it there. I am telling you that although it is legal to do, it is unwise to do.
Ponder this and see if it makes anything clearer to you regarding the location of the proposed mosque: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Ahmed: I use the appellation Ahmed to address my Muslim readers and to simultaneously designate Muslims in general, to avoid awkward constructions such as "to my dear Muslim reader and all Muslims in the world."
It is used in the same way that the name Johnny is used as a symbol for young students in the phrase "Why Johnny Can't Read." It certainly is not intended to impute ignorance to specific children named Johnny or to insult young students in general. It is simply a literary device. Nothing personal.
If you are a Muslim who is insulted by my use of Ahmed, get a thicker skin.
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