As the media-stoked controversy over the so-called “Mosque at Ground Zero” in New York City rages on, I can’t help thinking about a similar situation:
Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, was a Catholic. Yet no one demanded the removal of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, which stands directly across the street from the site, now the Oklahoma City National Memorial. And there were no protests when the church later erected a statue of Jesus to remember and mourn the bombing.
It’s not an exact parallel, since the church was there before the bombing. But it’s something to think about. Why is it okay to have a Catholic church across the street from a Catholic bombing site, but not okay to have a Muslim mosque two blocks from a Muslim bombing site?