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Holli Deal Bragg - A peace garden at Ground Zero?
Holli Bragg
Holli Deal Bragg

      Once in a while, a mysterious envelope will appear on my desk. The envelope is always typed, and the missive inside is always unsigned.

      Sometimes it's a bit of juicy gossip that someone feels is a good news story. Sometimes it is a hate letter. Once in a while it is a valuable piece f information that does indeed contain fats that are verifiable and lead to a good news article.

      This time the mystery letter was titled " news bulletin," but simply made one anonymous person's suggestion that a "peace garden" be built at Ground Zero, where the tragedy of 9/11, 2001, unfolded.

      The anonymous letter slammed the media, as these unsigned bits of opinion do. So many people do not understand the media, and often accuse the media of skewing facts just to make the news more sensational. This particular person implied that the media takes polls and posts "manipulated answers." Whenever people like the one behind this letter don't agree with what they read in the news, or see on the TV news, they immediately assume it's not the truth.

      But in spite of the anonymous accusations that the media as a whole does not report facts ( we are referring to real news, not editorials), this unnamed person did raise a very valid point.

      The letter read, in part, " The most beneficial solution for Ground Zero in New York is: create a Peace garden in that space."

      But this writer of the unsigned letter is under the assumption that an Islamic Imam wants to build a mosque on the Ground Zero site. This is not the case. The Imam is considering construction of a multi-use center three blocks from Ground Zero that includes a mosque.

      Even so, that idea has roused the ire of many, including myself, who feel the project is a bit disrespectful to those who died 9/11/2001 because a group of RADICAL Muslims killed in the name of their god and religion.

      I acknowledge that not all Muslims want to kill non-Muslims. I have been recently educated by a former Statesboro resident who turned to Islam that non-Muslims are referred to as "People of the Book:" and that Muslims do not desire to kill them. Then again, there are people every day pointing out portions of the Koran where it demands that infidels (nonbelievers) must be killed.

      The anonymous letter-sender wrote: "Have you people lost your sanity and your minds? Why would you let the terrorists know that they get rewarded for destroying people and property? As reward for their action of hatred the government will build them a mosque."

      Government building them a mosque? Really? I don't think the government is planning on building this center, which would include a mosque.

      But the writer continued: "No religious institution should have a building on this spot. A Peace Garden is the only solution. It is spiritual, and it is not religious."

      I have no idea who sent this anonymous letter , and feel they have a few facts wrong. However, their idea of a peace garden memorializing ALL who suffered from the acts of one group of insane radical idiots is A-OK by me.

      There are insane radicals in every corner of the world. They come in dark skin and pale skin; perpetuate hate by falsely using the names of Jesus Christ, Allah, and even the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They are male and female, educated and uneducated, clean and dirty, roughly ugly and smoothly attractive.

      The devil uses anyone he can, and his most twisted, most dangerous minions are those who use religion as a weapon and a base for their hatred. And all of them, no matter whether they are from Westboro Baptist Church ( Google it) or Ai Quaida, every one of them focuses hate against those who do not believe their beliefs and follow their ways.

      The anonymous letter writer suggested a poll, assumedly nationally, that asks people to vote for the following at Ground Zero: a mosque, a church, a peace garden, a museum, or a monument.

      What this anonymous writer does not understand is, even if a national poll were taken and the majority wanted a peace garden at the site, there will still be hate groups. There will still be insane radicals who follow not the deity they think they do, but Satan. It all boils down to good versus evil, and I think a peace garden is about as good as you could ever get.

      Evil may try to strike against good by attacking the peace garden, but the bottom line is, there is nothing evil and hate can do to the peace and love in our hearts - unless we let it happen.

     In the face of memories of 9/11, it's easy to mistrust a certain religious group, because the mere mention of Islam brings to mind the still-fresh pain of the tragedy. However, it's really evil we should blame instead of people who follow a different religion. No matter what you call Him, there is but one God, our Creator.

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