A proposed Japanese Buddhist Temple (1) to be built near the U.S. Arizona Memorial(2) has angered many residents of Hawaii (3) and across the country. The builders of the proposed site, however, say that it is private property and that they do have freedom of religion.
Zoning laws in the area state the the location is specified for Naval or marine usage (4), though an effort to rush this through the city planning board is currently taking place. An offer by the Governor of Hawaii (5) to exchange the property for one less controvesial has been turn down by the radical Buddhist Monk (6) in charge.
A survey shows that slightly over 70% of Americans oppose the proposed temple (7) due primarily to the location. Most feel that it is a slap in the face to the men and women who were killed in a Naval (8) raid that became an act of war.
Politicians, however, are divided on the issue and mostly on party lines. Nancy Pelosi, who has never stood behind freedom of religion (often using the separation of church and state to support her position) is using the constitution to support her arguements and has called upon the government to investigate anyone who opposes the temple (9).
A few liberal Senators, including Harry Reid, actually oppose the site and suggest that other land would be more appropriate. President Barack Obama, with long family ties to the Buddhist religion (10), supports the temple (11) and the current site.
The Pearl Harbor Raid (12) that begin the U.S. Involvement in the Second World War (13) was a polarizing event for the American People. Thousands were killed and much property was destroyed. President Roosevelt's (14) speech united the people against a common enemy: the Axis powers of Germany and Japan (15).
It has long been the practice of victorious Shogun (16)armies to build elaborate shrines to their military victory on the actual site. Japan and Asia (17) are full of these supposed houses of worship.
Only time and talk will determine whether or not this fourteen story, one hundred million dollar building is ever built.
Note: For the real story, as some might be offended or consider this deflamatory, please make the following substitutions:
(1) Moslem Mosque
(2) Ground Zero
(3) New York
(5) New York
(6) Moslem Imam
(12) World Trade Center attack
(13) Gulf War
(15) International terrorism of Hamas and Al Queda
(17) Spain and the Middle East