I am anxious to believe that the majority of Muslims in the United States are patriotic citizens. The controversy over building a mosque near Ground Zero could be virtually eliminated by adding a memorial with a plaque on the grounds in remembrance of the lives lost and condemning the actions of the terrorists responsible. This could be accompanied by prominent U.S. Muslim leaders appearing on national media affirming their support for the United States of America and condemning the terrorists.
As long as I hear only the president and other non Muslim leaders tell me how Muslims as a whole are as loyal Americans as I am, I will remain skeptical. I am left to wonder if the U.S. Muslim leadership is afraid of alienating a significant portion of their congregations or live in fear of repercussions from Muslim terrorists if they speak out in support of our government? Every time there is a life lost to a Muslim terrorist, we should see a prominent member of the Muslim community condemning the act of the terrorists and asking Muslims worldwide to unite in the war against terrorism. If U.S. Muslims support our government, let me hear it from them.