As someone born in New York City, with family ties in the city this Ground Zero mosque controversy is disheartening.
Let's take a flashback to September 11, 2001. I was at work that day. Around 9:30 one of my colleagues came out of his office and said "a plane has hit the World Trade Center". My initial thoughts echoed what being reported on the news - that perhaps a small airplane hit the World Trade Center by accident.
Then about ten minutes later, another plane hit the other tower. Something did seem right. By the time the third and forth plans hit the Pentagon in Washington, DC and Schenskvile, PA; I knew our nation was under attack.
Back in 2001, my company had a data center at our location with CNN available. I went into the data center numerous times, but could only stomach what was on TV for a few moments each.
I had a colleague who was from the New York City metro area. We chatted, but neither of us could focus on whatever tasks we had before us.
Throughout the day, my family and I could not reach four family members due to the cellular towers coming down with the towers. My aunt (Mom's sister, and three uncles could not be reached. Fortunately for our family, all survived. But scores of other families were not lucky that day.
For me this was a teachable moment. September 11, 2001 will forever be etched into my heart and my soul as one of the darkest days in American history. I will never forget that day as my hometown was attacked. My country was attacked.
I know who attacked us. I have never forgotten, but they did. And they deny who attacked us and are trying to ignore the fact that this mosque according to Islam is a victory mosque.
I have one question for them. Did they ever think of the 9/11 families who lost loved ones that day?
Watch this video as this echoes the sentiments of the 9/11 families: