I thought that the article "Have You Looked Into My Heart?" in the February issue was very well written. Daisy Khan seems to be a driven and peaceful woman. Certainly a modern day Muslim Women Suffrage Movement is very much needed and I applaud her tenacity. But how could she have been surprised that people would resist an Islamic center near ground zero? We as Americans have many rights but sometimes common sense needs to prevail. Building a Muslim Center close to ground zero is like a slap in the face to those who died in the Twin Towers, their families and all Americans.
Janice Tirmenstein, Madeira Beach, FL
When I saw this headline on the cover of my wife's issue of More, I tore it out of its plastic covering to read. "You're reading my More now?" my wife exclaimed upon finding it. Alright… I do the same to her Victoria’s Secret catalogs, but this was different. On 9/11 my brother, Capt. William F. Burke, Jr., Eng. Co. 21 gave his life at the World Trade Center. I have been very vocal in opposing the building of this mosque/Islamic community/whatever works.
Though I expected a fawning article on Daisy Khan, I was glad to see that More exposed her hypocrisy: she advocates limiting our freedom of speech and expression when it offends the sensitivities of Muslims, but dismisses entirely the sensitivity of 9/11 families and all Americans when it comes to building a towering Islamic center around the corner from Ground Zero.
It is absurd that such a women wants to lead us in "healing" at Ground Zero. And that, in itself, shows an insensitivity to what happened here and the memory of those so brutally taken: this is not the place for healing from the shock, horror and pain of 9/11; no more than Auschwitz is the place for healing from the pain of the Holocaust or Hiroshima the horrors of atomic war. It is the place for confronting that; to learn its lessons and accept our responsibility to ensure "never again."
Michael Burke, The Bronx, NY
I was deeply disturbed by the article on Daisy Khan.
Right or wrong, a common Western perception is that Islam’s followers are adamant about their right – for some, mandate - to impose their beliefs on other cultures and societies. Ms. Khan’s refusal to listen to the voices of the communities amongst whom she proposes to build a Muslim Community Center will only serve to strengthen that perception. What she considers an opportunity for healing and a “fight for American values” will instead be a singularly damaging act that will stand as a permanent reinforcement of negative perceptions about Islam, fostering resentments and hurt among Muslims and non-Muslims alike for years, even decades, to come.
I read this article eagerly, hoping for enlightenment about Daisy Khan’s motives and the chance to empathize with another’s truly puzzling point of view. Instead, I closed the magazine with the impression that driven by the conviction of her own victimization, Ms. Khan is proceeding willfully toward a goal that is intended to fulfill herself. If Ms. Khan’s proposal was originally planned as a mission of peace, she has lost sight of that mission.
3 Cheers for The Second Wife
I thoroughly enjoyed Fran Moreland Johns’ "The Second Wife's Tale.” Although I've never been in her position, I think she described it perfectly, and I enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. I recalled being at a brunch with my sister's life-long friends who were all in a tizzy because the widowed spouse of one of their beloved pals was bringing a date. Being an outsider of this closely knit pack, I couldn't help but notice how awkward this was for the new woman in this man's life, and how much my sister and her friends resented her presence— not because of who she was, but because of who she wasn't— their dear, departed friend.
Anne de la Rosa, San Mateo, CA