Mosque “at” Ground Zero Cartoon

This was actually based on a conversation I had with someone about the proposed Mosque to be built a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York.  Unfortunately, as the media tends to do, they keep referring to the proposed center as the Mosque AT Ground Zero.  When I asked the person if they would be OK if the Mosque were built a few blocks away, she said yes.  I said, “well that’s the plan anyway”.  Then she backtracked and came up with more reasons why it shouldn’t be built.  To which I replied, “How far is far enough?”.

Matt Sledge of the Huffington Post did a nice article that showcased that you can’t see the proposed site from Ground Zero and even if you came via the subway, you would have to go out of your way to see the Mosque.  So for all the arguments against it, which I am open to discussing, can we at least agree that the Mosque will not be AT Ground Zero?

For those concerned about the impact of a sixteen story Mosque that close to ground zero, I have a simple solution.    Build a seventeen story Synagogue and an eighteen story Church right next door.

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  1. Nice touch with both of them wearing red, white and blue.

  2. This is great! A game of peek-a-boo between Ground Zero and a Friendly Neighborhood Mosque!

  3. Friggin Loon says:

    Well if it isn’t at ground zero let’s just hope it’s facing Mecca! Somehow, being 2 blocks or friggin 2 miles away it was always going to be controversial. 9/11 changed the world forever with trust being the first to go 🙁

  4. WannabeHero says:

    Nice topical strip. Good job!

  5. Lisa says:

    It makes me angry that people are such a bunch o’ racists. Great illustration of the way so many are these days. They might as well say, “We don’t take too kindly to your kind ’round here ‘cept when I need to saddle me a taxi.”

    • Bearman says:

      Honestly I don’t lump every single person against this as a racist. That would be at least 68% of people based on polls. I think some are, some are misinformed, some are against it for other reasons (ie. I heard some questionable quotes from the Imam behind it regarding 9/11 but would have to know more.)

    • Bo Lumpkin says:

      I am not really a racist but sometimes I do hold grudges against people who want to kill me and erase everything I believe. I’m just kind of funny that way but I am equal opportunity about it. If that’s the way you feel I don’t care what your race or ethnic background is I just find it hard to be your friend.

  6. Kashif says:

    this is sad. the way people make jokes out of it. and i agree with Lisa.

  7. IzaakMak says:

    I’m also with Lisa on this one. This resurgence of the “redneck” mentality is really getting out of hand. To paraphrase Rand, “There can be no such thing as the ‘right’ to deny the rights of others.”

    • Bearman says:

      I haven’t heard anyone step up yet to offer to buy the property and to give the group an alternative location.

      They bought the property. It’s theres to do with as they see fit (within any legal limitations)

  8. DadaHyena says:

    Sorry, fellas. Starbucks is already going to set up twenty sites on Ground Zero.

  9. yippy says:

    Building a church and a synagogue aswell would just be more of the same … stupid religions which people are willing to kill and die for

    how bout a gaybar is built next door to the mosque … a gay bar for muslims at that!
    or make it a floor of the musque, they all seperate into gender groups anyway

    tolerance, understanding, acceptance … and man love! it’s every (american) muslims right afterall.

    hope the old school muslims don’t want to kill em or get em shut down though, that community can be a bit kill-ey when it comes to man on man love :s

    • Bearman says:

      Well there are plenty of people who aren’t religious who are willing to kill and die for their ideals so I wouldn’t lay it all on those subscribing to a religious belief.

  10. FJ says:

    The whole thing is silly. And there’s this little matter of the Constitution. Nice toon BTW.

  11. George says:

    I understand the controversy, but if the mosque is going up a couple of blocks away for GZ, then the argument is moot.

    I always wanted to use that word. It’s not just for “Jessie’s Girl” anymore. 😀

  12. The New Yorker had a little piece about this. Apparently the only people who are upset are people who don’t live in Manhattan …

  13. jynksie says:

    The Muslim community has had a major PR problem since 9-11, any place they can build a cultural/community center/mosque that might lessen the uneducated ignorance most have toward them hurts who exactly?

    Maybe they could convert some of those catholic churches the pope had to close after all those priests were caught with their hands in the alter boys proverbial and literal underpants! o.O

  14. I love this one Bearman; topical, relevant and dead on. The place used to be a Burlingtom for Christ’s sake. The funny thing is that 70% of the people who feel so strongly about (pretty much anything in politics or public opinion) this don’t even have their facts straight and 9 times out of 10 can only parrot what they heard some spray tanned idiot on Fox News saying.

  15. gallowaygrave says:

    Boss, you have caught so many facets of the “issue” in one frame with the words and colours combining and then earned a suitably mixed response from your readers. Anything to make folk stop, think and not just accept being spoonfed by others. I could rant on, but not…

  16. Walker says:

    great cartoon and wonderful forum for discussion. Why is it that the intelligent people aren’t getting more press on this issue? I’m in favor of it. Thank you

  17. Bo Lumpkin says:

    By the way Bearman. You really did your job today. I did find out that most people don’t know any more about true rednecks than I know about Muslims.

  18. jillsy says:

    from what i understand the congregation has had a mosque there for years. so, they’re building a new one. big deal. america…get over it!

  19. Technically, it’s not a mosque, it’s a cultural center. Like a YMCA but for Muslims.

  20. Ron-Yves says:

    haha—great toon Mr. Bearman, awesome…

    My favorite part of the post was actually the last line of what you wrote—>> “Build a seventeen story Synagogue and an eighteen story Church right next door…”

    Love it 🙂

  21. Nate Fakes says:

    I think they should just put up a McDonald’s there and everyone buy a Happy Meal

  22. jammer5 says:

    Not so funny how the people saying this administration is violating the Constitution are the same ones saying the center shouldn’t be built there, when it’s that same Constitution that gives them the okay to build there. Evidently the Constitution only works if it supports their position, and doesn’t if it denies their position. That, in my book, isn’t the America I know and love.

  23. They deserve to build their mosque – good cartoon though

  24. Tony says:

    I hear that they have hired Ito’s Construction Company to build it.
    They told him “Build us a Mosque Ito

  25. David says:

    Maybe I’m too dense, but I don’t see what the big deal is about. The complaint seems to be that it’s insensitive to those affected by 9-11, but maybe I’m not understanding the definition of “insensitive” because I just don’t see it.

    Insensitive is shoving an old lady using a walker while she’s trying to cross the street in busy traffic because she’s too slow (and before you respond… no, I haven’t, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t crossed my mind). I would clearly be insensitive to her frail condition and apparent physical needs. But this thing about building a mosque… *shrugs*

    • Bearman says:

      Somehow that image of someone with a walker reminded me of a time working at the movie theater. This sweet looking old man was walking out of the theater and towards the door.

      I was at the concession stand so could see him walking clearly. About half way to the door he stopped, shuffled his feet, and then shook his leg.

      Out from his pants rolled a large TURD!!!! And then he kept on walking.

      I quickly volunteered to clean the bathrooms (someone no one likes to do) simply so I wouldn’t have to clean the lobby. Poor soul who jumped at that job.

  26. Jande says:

    If everyone got what they actually “deserved”, most of us would be in trouble. A little compassion for the human condition can go a long way to making the world a more agreeable place in which to live.

    Well drawn in so many ways, Bearman.

  27. MJ says:

    Top shelf funny! Ha,ha,ha!

  28. danineteen says:

    I guess I’m for the 16-storey Mosque if there’s gonna be an 18-storey church.

  29. 1. had no idea this was going on cus i haven’t turned on my tv in about 4 months.

    2. perfectly content that i have no idea it was going on cus i might be mad.

    3. i’m a bad blogging friend. my apologies

  30. Good cartoon. Nice to have an occasional injection of clarity.

  31. You know this does really bother me. If we let this happen the mosque will become a place that resemble victory to the terrorist. What if we went over there and started putting up christian churches and jewish synagogues.


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