Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chattanooga Mosque update

I've been keeping up with the construction on the new mosque being built on Gunbarrel Road and happen to get a quick snapshot with my phone on my way home. Anyone interested can actually see it from the highway traveling north on I-75 just past Hamilton Place Mall here in Chattanooga. But with all the buzz and protest covering the Islamic center in Murfreesboro I'm wondering why no one has protested the construction of this one which is well on its way to finish. Opponents of the Murfreesboro mosque have recently cautioned the local Muslims from commencing with the groundbreaking. Not that I'm trying to draw negative attention to the mosque being built in my backyard, but if Islam really was the "Great Evil" it is claimed to be by these patriotic God-fearing Americans how come this one is being built without any Bible-thumping, anti-Islamic rallies? Maybe the local Christian community isn't as God-lovin', or flag wavin', as the ones in Murfreesboro, or maybe they're just ignorant of the neighbor they're suppose to love that they're unaware of their presence. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

I fear that if any attention is raised during the construction of this house of worship there may be a local backlash. But then again once it's completed the local Christian community might cry foul and claim the Muslims are creeping in, sneaking into our peaceful town to convert everyone on pain of death. Damned if we know, damned if we don't. Either way it'll catch heat, unless the local citizens are **gasp!** reasonable, rational people accepting we are a multicultural society and that there is no danger in letting an already present community construct a larger facility to meet, pray, and come together.

Of course if people like GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain had their way they would crush any sort of diversity and multiculturalism by claiming any outsider or foreigner as a threat. People like Herman Cain believe it's best that the Murfreesboro Muslim community stay in their presently cramped house of worship. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

5 comments:

captron52 said...

How right you are my friend!

DAlobeidy said...

yes, well said...

Anonymous said...

It is in my back yard, but there is absolutely nothing to indicate what is being built! That is sneaking it in on us. I don't have a problem with our multicultural society, there is freedom of religion in the "former" constitution, but it's plain cowardly of them to sneak in...kinda like the Baltimore Colts sneaking out... But I have noticed that construction seems to have come to a screeching halt...Hmmm

Anonymous said...

wow, I’m ashamed of the intolerance and ignorance in our community. Just because your so close minded to not accept that other people practice a faith different from yours, doesn't mean you can stop them from their rights as an American to practice freedom of religion.

Eruesso said...

@ Anonymous (the 2nd one)

I'm not sure if that comment was directed at the post itself or someone else who posted a comment. If it is directed at the post I assure you my poorly written tongue-in-cheek comments are to blame for any confusion. I am all for the mosque being constructed here in my hometown of Chattanooga (in fact I would love to be at the grand opening). I've actually tried calling and emailing the Muslim community for an update since this post but I've yet to reach anyone. I want this mosque to be built (if I weren't so clumsy, and had some free time, I'd volunteer to help in the construction). I just hope they have an open house during the grand opening.

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