It’s all pray and no play.
The Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero that opened with great fanfare a year ago is now an empty space with no community programs.
And while the developers behind Park51 insisted for two years that the project was more than a mosque, it now appears to be just that. Dozens of worshipers gather at the site on Park Place Friday for prayer services — but that’s the only activity in the building.
Gosh...who would have thought that it was the equivalent to a victory dance in the end zone? After all, there was loads of evidence that Muslims in that area just had no place to go. Well, apparently they had somewhere else to go, or they never existed in the first place.Gone are the Arabic classes, workshops in calligraphy, talks on the genealogy of Muslims in America, film screenings and art exhibits. The sole community event is a class in capoeira — an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance and music. The teacher of the twice-weekly class said she has five students.
Personally, I think the Burlington Coat Factory provided better benefit to society.