I have been following the debate over the building of a mosque at Ground Zero in Manhattan.
I have a counter proposal.
Let us build a chapel dedicated to Sts. Nunilo and Alodia next to the mosque.
Saints Nunilo and Alodia were a pair of 9th c. virgin martyrs in Huesca, Spain. They were born to a Muslim father and Christian mother. However, they chose their mother’s Christianity.
And so during the Emirate of Abd ar-Rahman II it came to pass that these little girls were first put in a brothel and then were executed as apostates according to Sharia law.
Their feast day is 22 October.
I think their relics are in the Cathedral of Pamplona, having been translated a couple times.
Now think about this for a little while. And for those who don’t want to think this through, let’s spell it out.
No reasonable person thinks that the developers don’t have the legal right to build a mosque on that spot. But do they have a moral right to build there?
There is such a thing as propriety.
The project of this Mosque is not neutral in meaning. The location is not neutral in meaning. The desire behind building this particular mosque is not neutral.
In my opinion it is spectacularly insensitive to press for this mosque to be built at that site. It would be tantamount to building a church dedicated to Christian children martyred under an Islamic regime next to a place revered by Muslims.