The 9/11 museum, which will be beneath the World Trade Center plaza, is set to open on May 21. The opening has been tarnished by a sad and ridiculous posturing of political correctness. Incredulously, “religious leaders” have vehemently protested the museum's content and use of words to describe the attackers. The “religious leaders” think it might make people believe Islam was responsible for the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, wrote to the museum director, "Unsophisticated visitors who do not understand the difference between al-Qaida and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading to antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”
The directors of the museum were not moved by the letter. The film, narrated by NBC News anchor Brian Williams, was supported by Joseph Daniels, The New York Times president of the nonprofit foundation that is overseeing the museum. He said, "We have a very heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective, and in no way smear an entire religion when we are talking about a terrorist group."
It was inevitable some protest group would rise to smear the memories of those victims of the attack. The documentary, entitled "The Rise of Al Qaeda," attempts to put in perspective the worst attack by a foreign foe on a single day in U.S. history. It will be shown to visitors in a part of the museum next to a gallery with photographs of the 19 men who hijacked four planes.
However, in Elazabawy's narrow political view, "The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers, as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum," he wrote to the advisory board last March.
The film identifies the men who were sent on the deadly mission “Jihadists,” which “deeply offends” the inman. The film also shows terrorist training camps and al-Qaida attacks spanning several years.
Josepth Daniels refuses to make alterations to it. His reaction was swift saying, "What helps me sleep at night is I believe that the average visitor who comes through this museum will in no way leave this museum with the belief that the religion of Islam is responsible for what happened on 9/11."
To this date, not one legitimate government in the Muslim world has publicly condemned the attacks nearly 13-years-ago.
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