TO THE EDITOR:
In “Opposition to the mosque must be because of Islam” (Sept. 16), the author, Lindsay Alexander, assumes that opposition to the mosque being built near Ground Zero must stem from anti-Islamic beliefs.
As this argument has been brought up multiple times, I would now like to pose a question to those who believe that the mosque should be built.
If opposing Park51 equates to being anti-Islamic, then would it be acceptable to build the mosque directly on top of Ground Zero?
Or, how about just right beside the site?
If the answer is yes, then the fundamental beliefs of those who say so are simply different than those who oppose the mosque and the argument will continue to remain cyclical until the end of time.
However, if those who support the mosque answer no, then perhaps the reason why both sides have created this controversy is different than some have originally suspected.
Perhaps the argument has nothing to do with intolerance or ignorance, and instead is simply a question of distance.