Love seems to be missing from the media accounts of the fury unleashed by an anti-Islamic video. There's something frustratingly abstract and cerebral about conversations that pit American "freedom of speech" against Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.
I believe Ground Zero is sacred. I believe every inch of America is sacred. I believe, in an era where more and more people are convinced that different faiths are fated to fight, America is nothing short of a mercy upon all the worlds.
Leaving the world a better place than we found it by reversing the downward spiral hatred and ignorance for our children and our grandchildren is truly the "Game Changer" that we all need to strive for.
It seems wrong that, in a society that supposedly prides itself on being open, democratic and accepting of many different cultural groups, so many people are blatantly associating Muslims with terrorism.
The dispute over the mosque is a lot like a hypothetical German-American march. Just as it would be wrong to treat all German-Americans as if they are Nazis, so too is it wrong to treat all Muslims as if they support terrorism.
All this talk about how the Cordoba project will be funded begs a bigger question: shouldn't we be trying to find an energy alternative to oil so that we don't have to continue to send our dollars to hostile nations and entities?
At first it was just patchwork over windows and signposts, deceptively simple. A piece of paper bisected by a black line with a Helvetica-fonted survey question about the "Ground Zero mosque" on both sides.
September 11, 2010 was a day of public mourning in Lower Manhattan, punctuated at times by rival protests for and against the Park51 Muslim community center. September 12 began what we hope will be the reframing of public discourse.