I should not really have to say this but what follows is my opinion. Everything here is my opinion and is open to other people's opinions which might agree or differ.
Although the argument has been going on since a mosque was proposed near what is now called Ground Zero, I hadn't really wanted to wade into it for assorted reasons. It seemed to me it was an issue for New York City to decide. I really do not see it as something the survivors of 9/11 should decide as they aren't all impacted by what happens there.
Oh you think they are? They are now but purely because the media has, as usual, hyped this. Reality is this is a destroyed building which sits there with no use. No other church offered to build a community center there and place of worship. They could have. The Iman behind this particular project may well back off simply because it's not worth what it's going to cost the Muslim people after it being turned into an insult by an assorted group of people and mostly by Republicans with as usual only concerning themselves with what they can get out of something.
Here's the thing, a community center by a religious group who encourage ecumenical thinking, who had NOTHING to do with the terrorists of 9/11, should have been a no-brainer. You might even think they were trying to contribute to rebuilding community that 9/11, an ugly distortion of their religion, tried to destroy.
So what do Republicans, at least those in leadership, want to do with that building? See it stay vacant and too destroyed to be used. That sounds about right for what I hear from them on about anything. IF they didn't do it, it isn't good and should not be done.
The reason I say the survivors of 9/11, those who lost loved ones that day, should not be factored into this is they don't have the emotional distance to look at it from any perspective other than their hurt. Seriously, they think that having that building stay destroyed is a testimony to their losses? Muslims were also killed that day but nobody cares about that. This is all about somehow thinking bin Laden wins if a mosque and community center are built on that site. No, he wins if it's not.