- Mark Kobayashi-Hillary is the author of several books, including ‘Who Moved my Job?’ and ‘Global Services: Moving to a Level Playing Field’. The opinions expressed are his own. -
Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but every terrorist who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 was a Muslim.
That’s the kind of aphorism being bounced around the Internet because of the news that a nineteenth-century building located close to Ground Zero in New York may be demolished to make way for a community and cultural centre aimed at improving relations between Islam and the West.
Naturally the new building will include a mosque and there is outrage on the blogs and social networks after a three-hour hearing of New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission this week.
The focus of the hearing was officially to examine whether the building earmarked for demolition is actually worthy of preservation, but it seems that most of the campaigners asking for it to be awarded heritage status were more interested in heading off the proposed community centre.