Update: One of the custodian's mouthpieces, Arab News, is all for the "healing" that a Ground Zero mosque would bring, and has some thoughts on how
People do need to stop blaming Muslims for what happened. 9/11 was the action of a few men; they are the ones who should be judged and punished. The damage was caused by religious zealots who have no mandate from Islam or from the 1.5 billion Muslims to commit such a barbaric crime, acting without conscience or remorse. It is violent extremism that needs to be opposed, and that’s in all types of religions and ideologies. Unfortunately there are people who think mosques are breeding grounds for terrorism. No matter what Muslims do or say and how much they condemn terrorism, they are still all guilty in the eyes of many. The anti-mosque people were probably anti-Muslim before 9/11.
If this is a genuine attempt by well-meaning Muslims to put distance between themselves and the fanatics (and every religion has some) is that not a good thing? Perhaps if the initiative were presented as one of atonement, the disputes would subside more quickly.So as I understand it it's wrong of kafirs to "blame" Muslims for 9/11 (and--what?--pretend it was the work of, say, Jews?), and yet to get the sucker built it's okay to position it as an edifice of "atonement"? What's there to "atone" for if Muslims aren't to blame? Or is the editorial underscoring what kafirs should but may not already know--that handing us a line (a.k.a. taqiyyah) is permissible if it serves the cause of the faith?