The 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is re-opening painful wounds for some of the victims' families, especially as it relates to plans to build an Islamic mosque at New York City's ground zero.
"I urge the developer and all of the folks behind the Park 51 Project, what others call the World Trade Center mosque, to reconsider this ill-considered project," one 9/11 family member said.
In an effort to help give 9/11 families a voice, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., hosted a screening on Capitol Hill Wednesday of a new film titled, "Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega Mosque."
The movie was produced by the Christian Action Network and features the surviving relatives of those who died during Sept. 11 expressing their opposition to the mosque.
"My fear is that maybe we could end up forgetting what happened on 9/11 because of certain things such as political correctness or this desire to be a multicultural America," West explained.
"But in being a multicultural America we must never forget the fundamental principles and value that make us great," the Tea Party favorite said.
West stressed that it was not his intent to condemn those who follow the Muslim faith.
"I have been in Muslim countries. I have fought beside Muslims. I have helped some of my previous interpreters over in Afghanistan get green cards to come here and be a part of this great thing that we have in the United States of America," he said.
"But I think now's the time that we have to challenge this ideology," West added. "And if we are to peacefully co-exist, I think that they have to come into the 21st century and push aside some of these seventh century ideals that they still hold onto."