"You want to build a what next to my mosque?"
There has been a lot of talk regarding the proposed Mosque near the former site of the World Trade center. Conservatives strongly believe that building anything that is related to the people who committed these atrocities should even exist near the location. Liberals cite the freedom of religion and also the contradiction that in the same area we have strip clubs, fast food establishment and gambling houses. In this blogger’s honest opinion I sadly have to agree with the liberals. We live in a free country, where people are entitled to believe and build whatever they choose as long as they don’t cause physical harm to others. That’s why I’m proposing this interesting concept, I like art I have always been a fan of art. Granted, not too crazy about religious imagery being painted in cow poop but I respect the freedom of the artist even though I think they may be a talentless douche. I believe, to express my own freedom of speech I would like to paint a murial at the east side of the proposed mosque. Why the east side? Well, I think the lighting would be much better. My idea is to promote tolerance, by painting a picture of Muhammad (the prophet of the Muslim religion, not the dude who sells Falafel down the street) I think, since it is New York after all, that he should wear a Yankees jersey while making out with a very effeminate yet looking burly blonde. The picture isn’t hurting anyone, and as far as art goes it would seem pretty tame. I would also like to add the caption, “Allah loves me for who I am”. How could any progressive be against the arts? I mean, it’s a harmless picture and it’s nothing compared to some of the artwork that has been available in New York City.
The concept of immigration in the United States is very passionate to every person who resides in this great country. Even though illegal immigration affects many developed nations from all over the world by different ethnic groups, we hear the loudest noise from Hispanic (primarily Mexican) groups. Whether you are in favor of amnesty or in favor of mass arrests and deportation, everyone can certainly agree with one issue, and that is the culture.
America has always been a culturally different nation, even during its inception in 1776. Spanish influence by the great Spanish Empire dominated many regions of the Southwest and Florida, French pioneers resided in Louisiana and apparently we also had Jews living in a mostly Puritan nation. During the great migration of the 19th century, European immigrants scattered to come to the United States in hopes of a better life.
The one difference that I and the silent majority of Americans agree on is the cultural difference. Many immigrants landed on Ellis Island in New York, many of them with nothing and given American names. Names like Nirocho Makacarewiz became Nick Marks, and many had to learn the English language. Today’s wave of immigration has the advantage of a politically correct atmosphere. Where many expect to be handed everything in their native language which is for most of today’s immigrants is Spanish. If Jose Martinez where to be changed to Joe Martin, it would be called racist.
Where Americans are being forced to adapt to Hispanic (primarily Mexican) culture, but the immigrants do not have to adapt to American society. I’m one of the fortunate Hispanic immigrants who came to this wonderful nation legally. Who earned the title of Citizenship, and adapted to the traditions and customs of my adopted land while not forgetting the culture that defines my heritage. read more »