Friday, May 7, 2010

9/11 is an excuse to be a racist/xenophobic/bigoted asshat

Or at least that's the impression you get from some New Yorkers, many of whom are entirely indistinguishable from your most knuckle-dragging mouth-breathing southern hicks. Kinda disappointing. Of course, backwards ways of thinking are common in people who've lived in one place their whole lives. Native New Yorkers seem to be the least progressive (to put it nicely). Look at these quotes from a couple of idiots pissed off about the idea of a mosque being built near Ground Zero:

Others decried the idea of building a mosque so close to where their relatives died.

"Lower Manhattan should be made into a shrine for the people who died there," said Michael Valentin, a retired city detective who worked at ground zero. "It breaks my heart for the families who have to put up with this. I understand they're [building] it in a respectful way, but it just shouldn't be down there."

Others such as Barry Zelman said the site's location will be a painful reminder.

"[The 9/11 terrorists] did this in the name of Islam," Zelman said. "It's a sacred ground where these people died, where my brother was murdered, and to be in the shadows of that religion, it's just hypocritical and sacrilegious."

Couldn't help notice those guys don't seem to object to the Christian church near Ground Zero.

Oh by the way, I'm pretty sure the only people who still call it Ground Zero are tourists and reporters. It's "World Trade Center". Thanks.

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