The Ground Zero Burlington Coat Factory Mosque
Thank you Micheal Calderone. I'm on my way home from a very expensive coffee shop this morning, (no names this is not an advertisement), and I'm listening to an interview with Yahoo New's Micheal Calderone on "On the Media." The discussion is about how all the major news reporting agencies have shaped the narrative on the cultural center and mosque by repeatedly headlining the story with the designation of the "Ground Zero Mosque." According to Calderone most major print media outlets headline related stories with the label. The stories mention the fact that the proposed building is a cultural center and not technically a mosque, but this lead in distorts the picture, and has done a great job of creating a controversy. As Calderone wryly noted: "you don't hear anyone call the site the Ground Zero Burlington Coat Factory." Or nearby businesses called "The Ground Zero Deli."
Look. I understand the the issue surrounding the proposed cultural center that will have a mosque inside is a very sensitive subject for a large number of Americans.I'm not trying to make light of a serious issue, quite the contrary. By injecting a little absurdity into the discussion, perhaps we can see the situation from a less polarizing perspective. With all the invective and downright nastiness driven by right wing reactionaries and political opportunists I'm not optimistic for cooler heads to prevail. There's always room for hope. (And don't go off with that "hopey changey nonsense.)
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