The President, at a White House dinner last Friday to observe the beginning of Ramadan, came out forcefully in favor of the Ground Zero Mosque. In one fell swoop, he elevated what for weeks Robert Gibbs had been calling a local zoning issue to a national picking of the scab that has yet (and may never) to heal.
Debate continues to rage about plans to build the Cordoba House, a mosque and community center, some 600 feet from the Ground Zero site in New York. Many consider these plans a gross act of insensitivity. Some question motives of the project’s chief booster, Abdul Rauf, who refuses to recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization and who, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, stated that he did not think the US “had it coming”, before implying that it did. Even the proposed name of the site stirs up controversy. Cordoba was the capital of Muslim occupied Spain. Some suggest the name symbolizes 9/11 as a victory in Islam’s war over the corrupt West. Proponents of the mosque say it is an act of outreach by the moderate Muslim community; an attempt to heal the wounds caused by 9/11. Continue reading “A Mosque at Ground Zero”
I have stumbled upon the answer to one of the great mysteries of life: what is the significance of the Terminator movies? After watching Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, I’ve found the answer. The tales of the Terminator are a Buddhist cautionary tale about the illusion of our current reality and the never ending cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Continue reading “The Dharma of Arnold”