Which brings me to the issue of the proposed mosque to be built 2 blocks north of the former WTC site. The opinions from a majority of the American public is, predictable, negative. The Republicans, as well as a number of the Christian and Jewish leadership, have been particularly vocal on the issue.
My cognitive dissonance meter is entering the red zone. While I don't look favorably on the building of any monument to religious delusion, the issue of the WTC mosque brings me uncomfortable close to loons like Gingrich , Palin, Guillani and King.
The entrance of the religiously inspired and the leading wingnuts of the right into the fray has raised the issue into a conspiracy theory of an Islamic terrorist takeover of the US ( I would imagine the prospect gives Bin Laden wet dreams). But, what is happening is we are lowering ourselves to the level of the irrational extremist of the Muslim persuasion. As the Newt stated, “They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca.”
So? The Saudis are intolerant assholes and to counter that we should become intolerant assholes? That's just what is needed, that we start emulating the Islamic extremist – that would suit Bin Laden and his ilk just fine.
While in addition to my feelings about the building of any mosque, church or temple, I think the construction of a huge Islamic center and mosque 2 blocks from the WTC site is inappropriate and a bit offensive, certainly to the survivors and the families of those who died.
But the fact is, short of any zoning restrictions, they are free to build whatever they wish on the land they own. Civil laws and the Constitution apply to all citizens whether we find them objectionable or not. Treating them otherwise destroys our values not theirs.