Three Things to Do to Prepare for Your 9/11 Anti-Mosque Protest

With this new “controversy” about the “Ground Zero” Mosque, it’s vitally important to get perspective before planning and/or attending your protest.  9/11 is just days away, and there’s not much time to prepare!  I’ve prepare a list of three visits that everyone should make before protesting the mosque at Ground Zero.  Because of time and the difficulty of one of them, I’m advocating making at least two of these three very important pilgrimages to prepare yourself for what you are protesting.

The first is that you should do is visit a mosque.  Before you protest a mosque, you should know exactly what it is you’re protesting about.  I’m not advocating or condemning a mosque; this is strictly an informational visit.  Just visit one and have a conversation with someone inside.  Ask them to show you around and explain what goes on there.  Ask them about Islam and the Qur’an.  Ask them how they feel about America and Americans.  Ask them about 9/11 and terrorism.  Ask them how they feel about the conclusion of Lost and last night’s America’s Got Talent. Ask them what they had for lunch and “what’s up with those jihads, anyway?”  Remember that the purpose of your visit is not to change your opinion about mosques, but to give you information to have a more informed and intelligent protest.

The second is that you should visit ground zero.  The real one.  The granddaddy of them all.  The one that coined the phrase “Ground Zero” in popular culture.  Go visit Hiroshima.  Again I’m not advocating or condemning us dropping the bomb; this is strictly an informational visit.  Find the oldest Japanese person you can find and ask them to show you the sight.  Ask them about Shintoism and Buddhism.  Ask them how they feel about America and Americans.  Ask them what they remember about the day we dropped the “little boy” and V-J Day.  Ask them how they feel about the live-action adaptation of Death Note and Gwen Stefani’s Love Angel Music Baby”. Ask them what they had for lunch and “what’s up with those chopstick, anyway?”  Remember that the purpose of your visit is not to change your opinion about New York’s Ground Zero, but to give you information to have a more informed and intelligent protest.

The third is that you should visit the actual site of the “Mosque at Ground Zero”.  The actual location which is not at the site of the World Trade Center. (This, I assume, you already knew.)  Again I’m not advocating or denouncing a Mosque in the Financial Center; this is strictly an informational visit.  Find a woman wearing a hijab and have a conversation with her.  Some people are calling it a Cultural Center, so ask her if she would consider it a Mosque or not.  Ask her how she feels about America and Americans.  Ask her where she was on 9/11 and the day we declared a war on Iraq.  Ask her about how she feels about the Prince of Ghor and if she’s ever seen Dawn of the Dead. Ask her what she had for lunch and “What’s up with that outfit anyway?”  Remember that the purpose of your visit is not to change your opinion about New York’s Ground Zero, but to give you information to have a more informed and intelligent protest.

If you’ve never been to a Mosque, taken the time to understand the global significance of Ground Zero, or had a conversation with an Islamic New Yorker about their feelings of the issue, you’re not going to be a very intelligent protester.

Good luck on Saturday.

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