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Understand and acknowledge the loss.

Please, just have some compassion for the victims, their families, and the survivors of the September 11th attack on WTC. I think that they are the ones that are being left out of this discussion…it has turned into a Political Party Battlefield…with each party, Dem and GOP, using it to their own agenda.

The Park51/Cordoba folks have a right to build the center anywhere they want to. I do not have any issues with that. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion…I get that.

But, this place called Ground Zero…remember those towers stood so tall, they were beautiful and awe-inspiring. Building this Islamic Community Center here is just so painful to those whose lives were affected by the terrorist attack. And by my saying this, it does not mean I am blaming all of Islam for the acts of a few. I am not saying they do not have a right to build it, I just am asking…as a family member of a Survivor of 9/11, to just move it further away from here. A few blocks? Is that too much to ask?

I am not a bigot. Please stop calling me that…it is very hurtful and not at all helpful with this issue. My family was directly affected by these attacks. It ruined our lives…my husband will never be the same person he was before he had to dodge bodies and debris during the attack. There are so many things you will never be able to understand about this event that happened in 2001. So many terrible things that should not have happened. Livelihoods have been lost. It is gut wrenching to think of what I experienced that day, and it was nothing compared to what the families of the almost 3000 people, who were in fact killed that day, have experienced.

I know that it will be built. But the emotional connection to that area downtown is just do great for me and my family. Imagine your own children, thinking that their father is dead…seeing the destruction and the explosions and the towers collapsing on TV. (My kids were 3 and 4 at the time.) The horrible feelings and sadness the attack caused was more than I can say.

No, intolerance is not what I want…and it is not what I am talking about either. This is an emotional and truly heartfelt plea for all of those who were directly wounded by these attacks. We are still grieving. We are still finding human remains of the victims. Let us voice our concern and heartbreak over this issue…without being labeled as bigots or hate mongers.

Again, I say we are still grieving…the families of 9/11 attack on WTC deserve some understanding and compassion. That is all I am asking for at least, there is a huge empty pit in Ground Zero. The void. The planned memorial has yet to be built, and when it does it will be below the street level. To have this Community Center standing above the names of those who were killed that day is just sad. It feels dishonorable and disrespectful of the victims. That is how I feel, I have the right to feel this way, just as you have a right to support the building of this center.

I have said that I understand the constitutional rights Park51/Cordoba has to build this center where ever it wants to. I agree with this and do not think that there should be any legal action taken against building on this spot. But maybe if some of the supporters would voice an understanding of the opponents of the “Ground Zero Mosque,” if they would acknowledge the emotional pain the location this of this center is bringing the victims families, it would help to calm the situation down. For the last 9 years we have been patiently waiting for some sort of closure that a memorial to those who were killed that day would bring. Acknowledge the emotional toll these families have been through. Be compassionate with their loss.

Thank you, JJ Walts

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  1. Keep up the good work, I like your writing.

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