The “Ground Zero Mosque”

Right-wing bigots and left-wing cowards (or maybe they are just bigots too?) are in an uproar over the construction of a so-called “Ground Zero Mosque.” As they tell it, the former site of the World Trade Center towers is “hallowed ground” and Muslims should not be allowed to build a “victory mosque” on or near it.

Nevermind it’s not actually on Ground Zero nor is it a Mosque:

[…] it’s not at Ground Zero. The site in question is two blocks north of the former World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan; an existing mosque is just a few hundred feet more distant from the site of the collapsed towers. Second, while the planned building would indeed house a place of worship, it is designed to be more of a community center along the lines of a YMCA. Plans include a fitness center, swimming pool, basketball court, bookstore, performing arts center and food court. Kebabs do not threaten our way of life.

Nevermind the people building the center aren’t affiliated with Al Qaeda and they are, in fact, enemies:

The Cordoba Initiative, which is headed by an imam named Feisal Abdul Rauf, is an enemy of al Qaeda, no less than Rudolph Giuliani and the Anti-Defamation League are enemies of al Qaeda. Bin Laden would sooner dispatch a truck bomb to destroy the Cordoba Initiative’s proposed community center than he would attack the ADL, for the simple reason that Osama’s most dire enemies are Muslims. This is quantitatively true, of course — al Qaeda and its ideological affiliates have murdered thousands of Muslims — but it is ideologically true as well: al Qaeda’s goal is the purification of Islam (that is to say, its extreme understanding of Islam) and apostates pose more of a threat to Bin Laden’s understanding of Islam than do infidels.

And nevermind this is just the latest and most famous example of a growing anti-Muslim movement in the country:

Mosques in small communities in Tennessee, California and Wisconsin — far from the emotionally loaded Ground Zero site — are facing protests from community members who contend that the Muslim houses of worship serve as training grounds for jihadists.

What we have here is a clear attempt to blame and punish all Muslims for the acts of a deranged few who attacked us on 9/11. More disturbing is that a majority of Americans agree with the bigots’ logic, constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion be damned. Apparently, the subject of 9/11 still has the power to suspend rational thought; a comforting thought, I’m sure, for the forces of intolerance.

One Comment

  1. Ian

    I’m just baffled that middle America suddenly feels some sort of ownership over NYC, a bastion of liberalism.