A proposed mosque near the World Trade Center site has exposed an ugly side of American politics that shows no signs of abating. Moderate political leaders should unite in condemnation of the attacks on the mosque.
The project, to be built two blocks from the site, is spearheaded by a moderate local imam and includes a cultural centre. Completion of the building is not assured: for one thing, the project needs to raise tens of millions of dollars.
This has not deterred some political aspirants from jumping into the gutter, hoping that the mere mention of “mosque” and “Ground Zero” in the same sentence will galvanize support. Sarah Palin said that “peaceful Muslims” should “refudiate” the project. One group is trying to stop it by running ads showing a person falling from a World Trade Center tower, with a voiceover saying the mosque is being built “to celebrate the murder of 3,000 Americans.”
To deny faithful people the right to practice their religion without impediment, would, one would think, be un-American. But in the new political calculation, apparently any Muslim can be argued to be a possible terrorist.
Many Americans see Ground Zero as a hallowed, consecrated space.
But New Yorkers, who will have to live with the results, have a more nuanced understanding, and they don’t seem to mind. The proposal was convincing enough to lead a community board to vote 29 to 1 in favour of the project, which is also supported by the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Ground Zero will soon be home to another major office tower, and the area already includes churches, sex shops and department stores.
In any case, flirting with this kind of religious hatred is unacceptable. If America truly stands for religious freedom, a national push across the political spectrum to repudiate the intolerant opposition is necessary.Incredible! Such claptrap could only be the work of someone who knows nothing about Islam; nothing about history, including its history of constructing humungous mosques to symbolize and crow about Islamic conquest; nothing about the Wahhabist ties of the bloke who's fronting the effort; who assumes that Islam is a religion like any other and that to balk at its supremacist dogma calling for global sharia is a form of "hatred"; who has quaffed so long and so deeply of the multiculti witches' brew that it has turned his brain into a squishy, useless mess.
Here--this letter to the editor says all of the above, only much more succinctly:
If this mosque were built, it would stand as an audacious, monumental “one-finger salute” to the victims of 9/11. It’s good to see that many Americans share my view and are protesting against this insult.