Walk the walk and talk the talk. Build a real bridge.
Here's an excerpt from our appeal to Rauf's humanity, and "interfaith dialogue" -- but do read it all. Now.
I call upon your conscience, your goodness, your love of America, to move you to reconsider. More rallies will be staged — tens of thousands will show. People might get hurt in a sit-in trying to stop the ground breaking of a mosque looking down on Ground Zero. Why? In the interest of building bridges?
Can we talk about this? Can we discuss this? Can the building have a church and a synagogue as well as a mosque? Or perhaps no mosque at all — much the way community centers like the 92nd Street Y or the YWCA, to which you have compared your plan, don’t have churches or synagogues.
As a man of the clergy, you must understand the pain this is causing for the victims who mourn their dead, for Americans who mourn their country’s losses …….. You can not have wanted to create such sorrow.
What can we do to get you to withdraw this plan? Should we try to raise the money to release you from this tragic mistake? How can we help you? We want to work with you and do the right thing, build bridges and show each other mutual understanding and mutual respect. As a religious man, you would never mean to cause such overwhelming sadness and grief.
Imam Rauf, please withdraw this plan and show the world real understanding and kindness and empathy.
Please sign this appeal to the Imam Rauf and Daisy Khan. Let them hear us.