You ever feel completely overwhelmed by the information overload provided to us via the internet, 24-hour news channels and the like?
My brain is swimming. There is so much information being thrown my way everyday and I do my best to ensure the filters in my brain let the truth pass through and keep the junk from clouding my thinking. Logic and reason must prevail. Augustine’s judicial philosophy of “hear both sides” is on my mind so much lately, I’ve considered getting it tattooed below the olive branch branded on the back of my neck (no joke). This is quite a difficult task considering there is a lot of stuff out there I know nothing about coupled with a lot of people content to force-feed us half-truths or lies. So it is inevitable that some junk will pass through the filters.
And so it happened with the this whole “Ground Zero Mosque” debacle. I let my guard down a little, listening only half-way to the stories circulating and formed a pre-mature opinion. A mosque at Ground Zero–that’s preposterous! Who would do such an insensitive thing!?! And why is Bloomberg so supportive of this atrocity?
Oh, you wily Media, you got me again! You clever tricksters, you!
There is no Ground Zero Mosque. Since when did an old Burlington coat factory situated between a bunch of strip joints and other colorful vendors get deemed “Hallowed Ground”? As a current New Yorker, I should’ve known better. I should have just taken the extra subway ride down to lower Manhattan to see for myself the proximity of the proposed Islamic cultural center in comparison to the giant gaping hole that is still Ground Zero, but I didn’t. Nor did I do the research that would have shown that there is already a Mosque in the area, one that was built far before the attacks on 9/11. It’s my fault really. And then I watched as this argument exploded into an appalling political debate preying on the fears and emotions of the uninformed (the kind of folks who consider Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh to be journalists). Now it wasn’t just this Mosque that was opposed, but ALL Mosques are dangerous terrorist breeding sites hell-bent on destroying America one terror-baby at a time. By the time the rest of the facts were presented in the matter, it was too late. The damage had been done. It suddenly gave folks license to openly hate Muslims living in America. Not cool, Media, not cool.
And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling facts.