Mosques, churches and ground zeroes
Over the past week or so I’ve been seeing an increasing amount of fuss being made on the Internet about a mosque being built at ground zero. I haven’t really followed the story, so I didn’t know what the fuss was about, but it was getting more and more insistent, so I began reading some of the blog posts about it but most seemed to be written assuming that everyone knew what has happened, or is happening, ir is about to happen. But even that is not clear.
To judge from this post: Ethics Forum: Mosque to Displace Greek Orthodox Church?, someone is planning to take the land that belonged to an Orthodox Church that was destroyed on 11 September 2001, and give it to someone else to build a mosque on. What is not clear is just who that “someone” is, and by what authority they are planning to do this.
Also, what is not clear is whether the land was owned by the church, and is now being expropriated by some authority, and sold to the group that wants to build the mosque, or whether is was just leased by the church, and the authority now wants to lease it to someone else.
Ad Orientem: Why does a new mosque take precedence over an already existing church? speaks only of the mosque taking precetence, rather than displacing the Orthodox Church, implying that it might be being built on a different site, and shows pictures of the church before it was destroyed.
But Clarissa’s Blog: “Ground Zero Mosque”, on the other hand, shows a picture of the site of the proposed mosque, and the existing building looks nothing like a church, and looks far to old and established to have been erected since the church was destroyed.
So who kiddeth whom?
Could it be that the “Ethics Forum” blog is actually spreading disinformation, and trying to create the impression that a mosque is “displacing” a church, when it is in fact being built on another site?
Or, as one Twitterer put it: In fairness, we’ve been building ‘ground zeros’ near Iraqi mosques since March 2003.
Sounds to me like a tempest in a teacup.