Al Qaeda bombed the World Trade Center towers, not Muslims. But the members of al Qaeda are Muslims! They follow the teachings of the prophet Muhammad and worship the Islamic god Allah!
And that’s supposed to be the reason for halting the development of a Muslim community center two blocks away from Ground Zero?
Are you familiar with the Army of God? It’s a Christian terrorist organization that’s responsible for attacks against doctors that perform abortions. In 1998, Eric Rudolph, one of their members, bombed a clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. The explosion killed a security guard and maimed a nurse. Because the Army of God is a Christian organization, shouldn’t we use the same logic the anti-Ground-Zero-Mosque people are using to ban all Christian churches built near medical clinics that perform abortions?
And what about Fred Phelps? Because Westboro Baptist Church is made up of xenophobic, homophobic, Jew hating, Catholic hating, Muslim hating followers of Phelps, then aren’t all Christians, regardless of their interpretation of The Bible, tainted by the hateful actions and beliefs of the members of Westboro Baptist Church? If they are, then Christian organizations should be banned from building churches or community centers anywhere near the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. or any memorial to a slain homosexual.
These are just two examples of this game that anyone can play, including Jon Stewart, who did a fine job connecting Fox News to terrorism last night. The point is that just as the followers of Christ are divided into hundreds of sects and denominations, some of which are hateful and violent, so are the followers of Muhammad.
As William Dalrymple pointed out in a column for The New York Times earlier this week, the Muslim group that plans to build the mosque two blocks from Ground Zero is lead by Abdul Rauf who is:
…one of America’s leading thinkers of Sufism, the mystical form of Islam, which in terms of goals and outlook couldn’t be farther from the violent Wahhabism of the jihadists. His videos and sermons preach love, the remembrance of God (or “zikr”) and reconciliation. His slightly New Agey rhetoric makes him sound, for better or worse, like a Muslim Deepak Chopra.
Dalrymple points out that Sufis are despised by Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, and that the Pakistani Taliban has attacked Sufi shrines with suicide bombers and rockets killing dozens of worshippers.
Sounds to me like Rauf and his followers are our allies in this “war on terror,” not our enemies. Are we to deny them their right to freely practice their religion anywhere within our borders? I don’t think so, and neither does the mayor of New York City or the neighborhood association that approved the mosque project. But many Republican politicians are against it. They love this conflict because it gives them yet another issue they can use to drive a wedge between conservatives and liberals.
Just what is it with Republicans? Why are they against religious freedom? Why are they against local control of commercial lands? Why are they against the U.S. Constitution?
Why do Republicans hate America so much?