Religion. Chapter 15. Imagine – John Lennon .
Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one
“…A New York Times poll of New York City residents that found that even this city, the country’s most diverse and cosmopolitan, is not immune to suspicion and to a sadly wary misunderstanding of Muslim-Americans.
The poll found considerable distrust of Muslim-Americans and robust disapproval of the mosque proposal. Asked whether they thought Muslim-Americans were ‘more sympathetic to terrorists’ than other citizens, 33 percent said yes, a discouraging figure, roughly consistent with polls taken since Sept. 11, 2001…
A full 72 percent agreed that people had every right to build a ‘house of worship’ near the site. But only 62 percent acknowledged that right when ‘house of worship’ was changed to ‘mosque and Islamic community center.’ Sixty-seven percent thought the mosque planners should find ‘a less controversial location.’ While only 21 percent of respondents confessed to having ‘negative feelings’ toward Muslims because of the attack on the World Trade Center, 59 percent said they knew people who did.
- Mistrust and the Mosque New York Times (September 2, 2010)
-Associated Press (September 7, 2010)
- Boston Herald (September 10, 2010)