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    THE PASSION OF ROXBURY Karin Friedemann January 31, 2007 Local college and university alumni decided to contribute something to our city. Do they have the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2007
      Karin Friedemann
      January 31, 2007

      Local college and university alumni decided to contribute something to
      our city. Do they have the right to erect a place of worship in
      Boston? They are American citizens. Does it matter if they got a good
      deal on the purchase of land, similar to the breaks given to area
      churches and synagogues? The corner where the Roxbury mosque is
      located used to be a trash-littered area in a dangerous neighborhood.
      Now, it's a place through which people drive the long way home just so
      they can glimpse the mosque-in-progress. Roxbury's new mosque is an
      appropriate edifice for the major world intellectual and cultural
      center that Boston is. This glamorous combination of red brick and
      gold expresses the sincere desire of Boston's Muslims to give back to
      the community of which they are a part.

      Roxbury's mega-mosque is the last work of the late Hasan Fathi, who is
      one of the great architects of the 20th century. The Egyptian
      architect, known for his environmentally appropriate buildings,
      created a Bostonian "look" for this premiere mosque that sparkles yet
      blends into its surroundings harmoniously. It complements the nearby
      churches, some of which are 100-175 years old. When the Roxbury Mosque
      is completed, it will attract visitors from all over the world to a
      section of Boston that desperately needs tourist dollars.

      There are some who feel threatened by the inclusion of Muslims in the
      melting pot of American society. The Roxbury mosque project has been
      subject to intense scrutiny because of empty, malicious accusations in
      the media against the Islamic Development Bank, probably the world's
      most respected Sharia-compliant financial institution. Simple fairness
      requires exposure of an Islamophobic agenda, which incites religious
      and race hatred to marginalize American Muslims.

      Conspiracy to deprive Americans of their constitutional rights is
      unethical. The media's vigilante effort to defame the Islamic Society
      of Boston, its leadership and its membership deprives us, the American
      public, of the ability to hear important points of view, and it is
      probably illegal. Demonizing Islamic finance closes the USA to
      financial investments from the Arab world.

      Venture capital can flow away from our region in the blink of an eye
      if international investors see that fanatic racists and Islamophobes
      dominate Boston politics. This campaign against the Roxbury mosque
      will probably cost the Massachusetts economy tens of billions of
      dollars of investment capital.



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