On July 11, 2011, a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit, filed by a New York City firefighter, seeking to prohibit construction of the “Ground Zero Mosque” (hereinafter, also, “GZM”). The Court never actually considered the merits of the case. Instead, its judgment rests on technical, legal grounds, holding that the firefighter lacked “standing” to file the lawsuit in the first place. In the eyes of the Court, he lacked a significant connection to the litigation, to wit: the outcome of the lawsuit would not affect him, personally. Although the ruling is not favorable for the firefighter, it does not sound the death Nell of the litigation, either. The stage has been set for the robust exercise of New York State‘s formidable appellate process.
Given the depth of the emotions of those opposing construction of the GZM, it is astounding that the Islam proponents have adopted such a diehard, “no compromise”, position. With all due respect, I wonder if Muhammad, himself, would have insisted that the GZM be built on that particular location, and no other. According to the Qur’an, many religious principles, first made known to Christians and Jews by God, are equally important to Believers in the Muslim faith. As such, it appears that the base emotions of mere mortals have assumed far more influence in this case than Believers in any of the Great religions, involved, would endorse.