1. It is not a Mosque that is being built at/near the old Twin Towers site . . . It is a community/cultural center focused on peaceful co-existence between all religions and designed to foster peace and understanding between people of all religions that happens to be being paid for by people of the Muslim faith.
2. The 09/11 Memorial is not a war memorial; it is the site of a horrific crime against all people that has been memorialized. To condemn the attempt of people to heal the wound inflicted is a disservice to people everywhere.
3. As a percentage of fatalities and injuries, more innocent U.S. Citizens of Moslem faith died and were injured in the 09/11 attacks than their percentage in the general population. The attacks were, also, a crime against peace-loving Muslims everywhere AND more especially here in the United States of America where we all enjoy freedom of religion. Their pain is no less real than that felt by the population-at-large and they have rights to the same freedoms earned through the expense of their blood as the rest of us.
4. The Torah teaches my tribe that we are to respect folk of all traditions because my people were once strangers in the land of Egypt . . . Unkind acts inspired by or inflicted because of xenophobia is not a Divine Commandment in any of the religions inspired by Abraham’s understanding of divine. This includes intentionally inflicted suicidal acts of mass murder AND protests inspired by the willfully imperfect understanding of the facts and other folk of differing traditions and backgrounds.