Muslims Praying in the Pentagon? This is Outrageous!

If you read my earlier post this evening you know that the title of this blog post is meant to be sarcastic. (And, I might add, a blatant attempt to attract readers).

According to this post at CNN’s Belief Blog, Muslim military personnel pray daily in the Pentagon less than 100 feet from where the hijacked plane slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Here is a snippet of the article:

On Fridays, a local imam conducts a service in the Pentagon Memorial Chapel built after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks by al Qaeda that killed 184 people at the U.S. military headquarters.

The chapel, with stained-glass windows, burgundy carpeting and a wooden alter, provides a place of prayer and religious observation for anyone regardless of faith or culture.

Its welcoming calm and nondenominational culture are in stark contrast to the emotional debate over plans to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from ground zero in New York City, where planes flown by al Qaeda hijackers destroyed the World Trade Center, killing more than 2,700 people.

To chaplains who work in Army chapels around the world, the tolerance and openness represent the support and camaraderie of military culture.

“What happens here is normal,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Carleton W. Birch, spokesman for the Army Chief of Chaplains.

The Pentagon chapel opened in November 2002 as part of the reconstruction of the complex from damage caused by the 9/11 attack.