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The Culture War over the Ground Zero mosque

It’s hard to know who’s worse in the NYC mosque debate: the opportunistic, anti-Muslim right or the Muslim-loving, masses-fearing liberals.

Read my spiked article in full here.

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  • I wonder if the Russians would allow the Muslims to build a mosque to celebrate their other great victory of recent years, the child-rape razzia and massacre at Beslan?

    They could even have especially phallic minarets on the site of the school to symbolize the Muslims' favorite weapon of Jihad.

  • I'm just puzzled about all these "moderate Muslims" to whom you refer. Can you name 5 prominent "moderate Muslims" in the U.S. who have taken to the airwaves & the MSM to denounce Islamic terrorism?

  • I notice your condemnation of calling opponents of the community center is tactical, not principled. We're calling it like we see it. Imputing collective guilt to all Muslims for the 9-11 attacks is bigoted, period. The only reason to feel aggrieved at the construction of the center is if you believe that all Muslims have an affinity for what happened today. That's what has been so disappointing from a liberal point of view: we were told we lived in a pluralistic society that endeavored both by custom and by law to allow for people outside the mainstream to follow fulfilling lives. Clearly, popular support for such a culture is vastly weaker than any of us thought prior to the controversy. That Muslims have now been withdrawn that social sanction should make the rest of us who don't happen to be the majority in race, religion, sexual orientation, or ideology afraid.

    In other words: see the two posts above me.

  • Gorgias - It is wrong that essentially all Muslims are getting blamed for 9/11 in this dispute, and it's the main reason I gave for arguing against the campaign to have Park 51 moved. But I don't think all opponents are driven by outright bigotry, especially when both parties have held up the 9/11 site as "sacred", and many opponents would say it's ok to have mosques elsewhere, just not near Ground Zero. I also think the likelihood of changing someone's mind is low if you call them a bigot - it ends up sounding like name-calling.

    Arshan - most Muslims in the US were just as appalled by 9/11 as other Americans

    Trencherbone - I don't see the relevance

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